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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.

We 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.

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COVID-19 Updates

Stay at Home Updates

First, we hope that you are healthy and safe. These are challenging times for all of us, and focusing on health and safety is what matters most. As you know, in order to provide for the safety of Minnesotans, and to ensure that those on the front lines get the equipment and supplies they need, Governor Walz has issued a stay at home order, effective through April 10, 2020. We’re writing to let you know about how this will effect our operations and services here at SSB, to let you know the best ways to be in touch with our staff, and to offer some resources that may be helpful. Download our updates.

Families with Seniors Losing Vision - How to Help

During these times, we know that many families have limited contact with senior family members or friends who are adjusting to vision loss and coping with the added complications presented by restrictions related to stemming the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Learn more about what we're doing and what you can do.

SSB Not Accepting New Volunteers at This Time

For the health and safety of our staff, customers, and current volunteers, we are unable to accept new volunteers at this time and are not processing applications. We remain extremely grateful for your interest, and look forward to receiving your application at a later time.

Upcoming Events/News

For the safety of our staff and the public, most SSB events and in-person meetings have either been cancelled or modified to be held virtually. Please connect with us or your counselor via phone or email if you have questions about the status of any upcoming events.

RTB on Alexa-Enabled Devices

Do you have an Amazon smart speaker like an Amazon Echo or Dot? Now you can listen to Radio Talking Book, just by saying, “Alexa, play Radio Talking Book!”

It’s that simple. You’ll have access to 24-7 programming, including news, fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, and other programming. This new way of accessing Radio Talking Book is available on any Alexa-enabled device.

Learn how to listen on Alexa!

Summer Opportunities for Students

It might be hard to believe, but, summer 2020 is just around the corner. Many families and students are thinking about how best to use those summer days. SSB's Transition program has posted resources to help you plan. Summer Opportunities lists programs to help students build skills in independence, job search and exploration, and more. Summer Internship Opportunities lists programs that offer work experiences for students. As always, your SSB counselor, and our SSB Transition Team is here to help you to find the resources that are best for you. If you have a child who is blind, low vision, or DeafBlind between the ages of 14 and 21, and you aren't connected with SSB, contact our Transition Services Coordinator Sheila Koenig.

Learn About the Census and Commit to Be Counted

We Count. Minnesota is a collaboration of businesses, governments, non-profits, and community groups across the state. Its aim is to support a fair and accurate 2020 Census by educating Minnesotans about the importance of the census and promoting their participation in it. Full participation in the upcoming 2020 Census - making sure everyone is counted - will provide our communities with vital information about who we are and what we need. All of us must come together to ensure every Minnesotan counts. The data that will be collected by the 2020 Census are critical for counties and communities across our state. They will shape political representation, funding of government programs, the flow of business and commerce, and the planning and delivery of services to local communities. Historically, the census has missed certain groups - including young children, people of color, indigenous people, people with disabilities, and urban and rural low-income households - at disproportionately high rates. Being undercounted deprives communities of equal political representation and private and public resources. By signing this simple Commit to be Counted form you’ll get timely information about filling out your census form in the spring of 2020, and you’ll help build a strong Minnesota where everyone counts!

New Video Makes the Case for Digital Accessibility

A video produced by Minnesota’s Office of Accessibility shows how universal design has made life easier for everyone.Making sure that documents, websites, and other digital content is accessible also benefits many of us. Included are some helpful tips and resources.

What Would I Do, if I Couldn’t See?

Lots of us ask that question from time to time. The simple answer is that with a few new skills, you’d be going about your everyday life. Three short videos showcase Minnesotans who are blind, losing vision, or DeafBlind, doing just that.

"How Could I do This Job If I Can't See" (audio described) shows Minnesotans using high tech and low tech solutions at work. It’s a nice introduction for hiring managers who might be wondering if an applicant who is blind, low vision, or DeafBlind could indeed be the best person for a job.

"How Can I do It If I Can't See It" (audio described) speaks to the experience of seniors who are wondering how to live well with vision loss.

"How Can I Read It If I Can't See It" (audio described) is for everyone who loves reading and worries that vision loss, or another disability, might take away their ability to read. This video demonstrates how our Communication Center has become "Minnesota’s Accessible Reading Source."

Open Positions on the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind

The State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind (SRC-B) has open seats. Learn more about the council or apply directly on the Secretary of State's Open Positions page.

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