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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

Now Available in Human-Voiced Audio

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer: Your guide to Minnesota’s Woods, waters, and wildlife. Bi-monthly.
Our Communication Center team is now recording each issue of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. To subscribe, give us a call, at 1-800-722-0550. "Minnesota Conservation Volunteer is your guide to wild Minnesota. This flagship publication of the Department of Natural Resources delivers in-depth, in-the-field coverage of the state's outdoor news and conservation issues. The MCV mission is to encourage conservation and sustainable use of Minnesota's natural resources." Other magazines recorded by our Communication Center volunteers include Reminisce "North America’s top-selling nostalgia magazine, celebrates the good times with fun, engaging stories about what we loved in the past and how it shapes our lives today." Six issues per year. Entrepreneur "The premier source for everything small business." Monthly.

Update for National Library Service BARD Aoo for iOS

The National Library Service has released a major update to the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) app for iPhones and other devices running iOS 8.0 or later. Included in the update are new features for browsing, downloading, and reading. Learn more about the app, BARD, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped through our Library Services page.

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

State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind Meeting

Thursday, August 2
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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