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We offer tools and training for employment and for helping seniors remain independent and active. As Minnesota’s accessible reading source we also transcribe books and other materials into alternative formats, including audio and braille. We assist Minnesotans who are blind, DeafBlind, losing vision, or who have another disability that makes it difficult to read print.

I hope you find what you need here. We've also created a Tips for Using Our New Website page.

If you’d like to apply for services, learn more, or have more questions, just give us a call. You’ll find contact information for all of our offices on our contact page, or you can call our main office at 651-539-2300.

Thanks for visiting.
Carol N. Pankow, Director

What's New

The Eggert Sisters Take on the Super Bowl

Jessica: Hello, my name is Jessica Eggert. I'm deafblind, raised in Minnesota. And I'm very excited to work for the Super Bowl soon, starting my first season this Saturday, Monday, and on Game day, Feb 4th. I'm looking forward to welcoming everyone to Minnesota.

Rachel: Hello, I'm Rachel Eggert, deafblind, I was raised in Minnesota. I work at the US Bank Stadium as a guest experience representative. And I volunteer for Crew 52. I'm motivated and looking forward to the Super Bowl. I will be volunteering for Crew 52 and also work at the Super Bowl game!

Read more about Rachel and Jessica on the website of the Commission for Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans

David Andrews Receives Minnesota's 2018 MLK Commitment to Service Award

dave-andrewsDavid Andrews, Chief Technology Officer at State Services for the Blind, is a recipient of Minnesota’s 2018 MLK Commitment to Service award. Andrews was recognized for his contribution to diversity and inclusion through his advocacy for assistive technology, accessible web design, and access to information. Among his many other accomplishments, Andrews was a part of a working group whose efforts contributed to the adoption of accessibility standards as passed by the Minnesota legislature in 2009. Dave has been on staff at SSB for 23 years, and has worked in the field of accessibility for nearly four decades. "This award not only honors Dave’s dedication and tireless advocacy," said SSB Director, Carol Pankow, "But it also reflects the importance of accessibility and access to information in building a strong and diverse Minnesota. Along with the rest of the staff here at SSB, I congratulate Dave on this important award." James Burroughs, Chief Inclusion Officer for the Governor’s Office, presented Andrews with the award at the Ordway Center in St. Paul at the Martin Luther King JR. Day celebration on Monday, January 15, 2018.

SSB Serving Seniors

Senior Services Counselor Lee Ann Buysse was recently featured in the Redwood Falls Gazette. Lee Ann serves Southwestern Minnesota counties.

Help Guide the Work of State Services for the Blind

Apply to Serve on Our Council

The State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind advises SSB and makes recommendations for shaping our priorities and tailoring our services. The council meets at least six times a year, and council members are appointed by the governor for a three year term. The council is made up of members representing various constituencies. Learn more about the work of the council. See the list of positions and fill out an application on the Secretary of State website.

Upcoming Events

College 101

Saturday, March 24
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Minnesota State College Southeast - Winona Campus
Room 201
1250 Homer Road
Winona, MN 55987

SSB is hosting a College 101 workshop for high school students who are blind, low vision or Deafblind and planning to attend college after high school. Parents also welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Learn about financial aid, types of colleges, connecting with disability offices, strategies for college success, and more. There is no cost for this event.

Register by email.

State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind Meeting

Thursday, April 5
2200 University Ave W #240, St. Paul, MN 55114

Our State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind (SRC-B) guides the work of State Services for the Blind. Meetings are open to the public. Visit the Council page to learn more.

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