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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 Spectacle

All the latest news, including summer resources and more can be found in the latest issue of The Spectacle, our newsletter for parents and teachers of transition-aged students.Featured in this issue is an interview with John Lee Clark who reflects on his experience as a DeafBlind writer and teacher.

New Video Series on Preparing for College

A new three-part video series provides practical advice for families with students who are preparing to go to college or on to other postsecondary education. SSB has developed these videos in partnership with PACER as we work together to provide resources to families of high school students.

Radio Talking Book When You're Away from the Radio

Radio Talking Book listeners have several options for tuning in, even when the radio isn’t nearby. Programming can be streamed to your smartphone on the Sero app, or listened to via the web. RTB archives programs for a week online so you can catch a broadcast you missed.

Use the Sero App

  • On Apple iOS, go to the App Store and search for Sero. Select the "Serotek Corporation" button, and download the app.
    • Once you run the app, pick the category Reading Services. Then swipe down to the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network and select it.
  • On Android, go to the Play Store and pick the "Navigation Drawer" and search for Sero. Select "Sero (formerly iBlink Radio)" when it is shown, and install the app.
    • As with iOS, run the app and go to Reading Services, and then the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network.

Online

You can also use a browser on a desktop, laptop, or smartphone to stream the RTB. You will need to be eligible for Communication Center services and you will also need a password to listen to the stream. If you don’t know the password, call 651-539-2363 or toll-free 800-722-0550. You can also listen to any RTB program, from the last seven days from the same link.

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

Career Connections

Tuesday, April 17
2200 University Ave W #240, St. Paul, MN 55114

High school and college students are invited to come and learn about careers in human services. You'll have a chance to talk with blind people working in these fields, hear from employers, and meet other students with similar interests. This event is part of a regular series that highlights various career fields. The event takes place from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Come explore paths to the future!!!

State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind Meeting

Thursday, June 7
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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