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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.

We 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.

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Important Announcement About Your Radio Talking Book Receiver

Do you, or someone you know, listen to the Radio Talking Book through one of our radio receivers? Have you heard that as of September 30, 2020, these radio units will no longer receive the Radio Talking Book Signal?

Beginning on October 1, it will no longer be possible to listen to the Radio Talking Book through the stand-alone radio receivers. Instead, tune in to RTB through our Android or iOS apps, listen to the stream online, or tell your Alexa-enabled speaker to play Radio Talking Book. Learn about all the new ways to access your favorite RTB programming, and read about the reasons for these changes in our Frequently Asked Questions.

COVID-19 Updates

Stay Safe Minnesota

First, we hope that you are healthy and safe. These are challenging times for all of us, and focusing on health and safety is what matters most. As you know, in order to provide for the safety of Minnesotans, and to ensure that those on the front lines get the equipment and supplies they need, Governor Walz has issued a stay at home order. We’re writing to let you know about how this will effect our operations and services here at SSB, to let you know the best ways to be in touch with our staff, and to offer some resources that may be helpful. Download our updates.

Families with Seniors Losing Vision - How to Help

During these times, we know that many families have limited contact with senior family members or friends who are adjusting to vision loss and coping with the added complications presented by restrictions related to stemming the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Learn more about what we're doing and what you can do.

SSB Not Accepting New Volunteers at This Time

For the health and safety of our staff, customers, and current volunteers, we are unable to accept new volunteers at this time and are not processing applications. We remain extremely grateful for your interest, and look forward to receiving your application at a later time.

Upcoming Events/News

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."

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