Personal Passport Webinar for Families of Deafblind Students
Creating a “personal passport” is a great way for families to share important information about their child with dual sensory disabilities. Every person is unique, with their own preferences, abilities, interests, and dreams. A personal passport brings together some of these unique qualities and preferences and can be shared with teachers and others so they know how best to offer support. This 4-week virtual, interactive webinar is led by Amy Query and is designed for families with students who have multiple disabilities. Join us from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., January 10, 19, 26, and February 2. Note that the January 10 session is just for guardians/parents.
For registration information email Sheila.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, see this flyer.
Read the Latest Issue of The Spectacle
The Spectacle is our newsletter for families, teachers, and students. In this issue you'll find some tips on practicing gratitude, more info on our College 101 event, and an intro to our new SSB counselors who will be working with our students.
Thinking of Volunteering with SSB?
Thanks for Reading this Update First!
At SSB, we rely on a diverse group of talented volunteers to help in the labor-intensive work of making the printed word accessible in braille, audio, and e-text.
At this time, we are very fortunate to have a full complement of volunteers for readers (audio recording)and for processing print (structuring).
While we are still accepting applications from persons interested in volunteering with our engineering and braille services, our Audio Services section is at capacity and not processing new applications at this time.
If you have expertise in braille transcription, or if you are interested in repairing equipment, please read more about these volunteer positions, and consider applying.
If you have an interest in audio recording, or working with the technical aspects of structuring books, please check back with us at a later time. We currently have no openings for these volunteer positions.
We remain very grateful to everyone who has a passion for making the printed word accessible, and for all those who wish to volunteer their time and talent. You make this world a better place!
SSB’s Online Senior Referral Form
State Services for the Blind is proud to work alongside ophthalmologists, optometrists, low vision specialists and other eyecare professionals to make sure that Minnesotans experiencing vision loss have all the tools and support they need in order to live life to its fullest. If you’re an eye care professional, you can use our secure online form to safely submit a referral. You can also download and print our referral form. Thanks to all of Minnesota’s eye care professionals for the invaluable work that you do!
Changes to Our Radio Talking Book Service
Radio Talking Book (RTB) is a free news and information service that broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week to listeners across Minnesota and the nation. We broadcast daily newspapers, current magazines and periodicals, and a wide variety of books to appeal to a diverse range of interests. RTB is now available as an Alexa Skill on Amazon devices, and through an app on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. You can also listen through our online stream. Please note that we are no longer broadcasting through a radio signal to the RTB radio receivers. Find out about all the ways you can access RTB and learn more about the reasons for the changes in our service through our Frequently Asked Questions.