How SSB Prepares Students for a Bright Future
One Student's Perspective
In June, Rocky Hart, a recent high school graduate who will be attending North Central University in the Fall, joined SSB as a Marketing and Outreach Associate. Rocky is one of six students working at SSB over the summer as part of a work-based learning experience program. In his first article for SSB, Rocky shares some of his thoughts as a customer of SSB.
My SSB Testimonial
by Rocky Hart
"People who are blind are a cross-section of society as a whole, mirroring society in every way with the same hopes, interests and desires, the same dreams, abilities and potential as everyone else. Most all the physical limitations associated with blindness can be overcome by learning and using alternative techniques for doing without sight what you would do with sight. With appropriate education, training and opportunity, persons who are blind can achieve in the world of work, can be independent in their home and community, can have and take care of a family, can be a tax paying and participating citizen and can be in every way a contributing member of society who can compete equally with his or her sighted neighbors."
The above was derived from the philosophy statement of Minnesota State Services for the Blind (SSB), Minnesota's rehabilitation agency for individuals experiencing vision loss. Having been a client of SSB since October 2017, I will enthusiastically affirm that the agency does its utmost to live up to this philosophy, providing to its consumers the resources necessary to live independently and work competitively.
Read all of Rocky's testimonial.
Help Guide the Work of State Services for the Blind
SSB is fortunate to be guided by the work of a dynamic council, the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind (SRC-B). Meeting six times during the year this council of consumers and advocates gives advice and recommendations on our services and programs. Each seat on the council is designated to represent a particular constituency. Currently there are several open positions as new terms begin. Learn about these open positions and submit an application by going to the Commissions and Appointments page of the Office of the Secretary of State.
Learn more about council membership by visiting the SRC-B website.
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."