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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

Advance Employment Equity

Apply to Serve on the Workforce Council

The Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council (GMWC) is a newly-expanded and inclusive leadership entity responsible for regional workforce development strategy in the seven-county Minneapolis-Saint Paul region.

The council currently has a vacant seat to fill as soon as possible. They write, "We are specifically looking for someone representing people with disabilities. On behalf of GMWC Chair, Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah and Vice Chair, Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter, we strongly encourage leaders with experience in workforce equity and development for people with disabilities to apply from anywhere across the 7-County Metro region. If you, or someone you know, has this experience, please apply now."

New Online Guide to Everything Assistive Technology

The world of assistive technology (AT) includes a vast array of hardware devices and software applications. Assistive tech is designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities, including people who are blind, DeafBlind or who are experiencing vision loss. The good news for consumers is that there are more choices than ever before for finding THE RIGHT FIT. Making sense of all the choices, however, can be a daunting task. The state of Minnesota has launched a new website: Minnesota’s Guide to Assistive Technology to help make sense of all the options. Consumers can use this one-stop site to learn about what’s available, and find information on sources for funding and training. A collaborative effort among several state agencies, the site brings together, in one place, resources available through the state of Minnesota. Find the right assistive technology for school, work, or home.

New Video on Voting Rights for Minnesotans with Disabilities

The Minnesota Disability Law Center has produced a video about voting rights in our state for people with disabilities.

Upcoming Events

Film Screening

Thursday, October 25
1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Lower Level, Metro Square Building, 121 E 7th Place, St. Paul

Intelligent Lives
Sponsored by the Minnesota Council on Disability

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In celebration, the Minnesota Council on Disability will show two screenings of the movie Intelligent Lives. Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities - Micah, Naieer, and Naomie - who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

Both screenings are free and open to the public. Complementary refreshments will be served. No registration required. The movie will be open captioned, audio described, and there will be ASL interpreters. For more information or to request further accommodations, please contact David Fenley at 651-361-7809.

Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 25
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
2200 University Ave W #240, St. Paul, MN 55114

State Services for the Blind offers programs and services which are established by state and federal legislation. Often, these laws provide a general framework about the kinds of programs and services we provide. The details about how to carry out our work are filled out through rules. SSB is charged with updating these rules on a regular basis. An advisory committee makes recommendations to SSB for this process. Members of this committee are appointed by the Director of SSB. More information about the work of the advisory committee. All meetings are open to the public. The first meeting will be on October 25

State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind Meeting

Thursday, December 6
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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