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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

Aging Eyes Initiative Receives Award for Innovation

State Services for the Blind was honored to receive a Minnesota State Innovation in Government Award in recognition of our Aging Eyes Initiative. The initiative provides training and a kit of low vision aids and devices to community members who work with seniors. These community partners can then provide practical assistance to seniors in the early stages of vision loss. The awards, organized by the Humphrey Institute's Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center and the Bush Foundation highlight innovative projects that improve the lives of Minnesotans. The award sponsors showcased the work of the Aging Eyes Initiative in a short video.

Watch it with Audio Description (or with captions). Read the transcript.

Equal Access to the Max

Support the Communication Center on Give to the Max Day - November 15, 2018

State Services for the Blind's Communication Center is "Minnesota’s Accessible Reading Source," connecting Minnesotans with the unique experience of reading. More than 13,000 Minnesotans each year get materials they need in a format that works for them, along with countless others across the country and around the world. Our dedicated staff and our team of more than 600 talented volunteers make this possible. On Give to the Max Day, your gift to the Communication Center will help thousands of Minnesotans to live, work, read, and succeed through access to the printed word. Visit our Communication Center page any time before or during Give to the Max Day!

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.

Upcoming Events

Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 14 - NOTE DATE HAS CHANGED!
9:00 - 11:00 a.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 November 14. (Note that because we were unable to secure interpreters, this meeting had to be rescheduled to November 14.)

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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