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If you have a significant vision loss that makes it hard for you to get and keep a job, you may be eligible for a variety of counseling, training, job skills, and job placement services.

Services vary according to individual needs. SSB counselors work with you to determine which services you will need to reach your job goal. Together you then develop a plan to help you reach this goal. Counselors who know about vision loss and understand workplace demands will help you choose which options are the best for you. For more information, call 651-539-2373.

How Can I Do This Job if I Can'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. This short video showcases Minnesotans who are blind, losing vision, or DeafBlind, doing just that.

"How Can 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.

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Eligibility for any of our employment and career services is determined based on several criteria, the first of which is a significant vision loss. 

People who receive SSI or SSDI because of their vision loss are automatically eligible. 

To discuss your eligibility and the programs or services that might be available to you or to request an application for services, call 651-539-2373 or 1-800-652-9000 and ask to speak with someone in the Workforce Development Unit. 

Or use our Information Request form and the appropriate member of our staff will contact you.

SSB Resource Guide

SSB's new Resource Guide brings together, in one place, info on all the services and organizations available to support blind, DeafBlind and low vision Minnesotans who are looking to land that next job or build skills for independence.

Technology

Our Assistive and Adaptive Technology Unit develops, coordinates and provides technology services that help people on the job, in school or at home.

We serve as a clearing house for information and expertise to employers, government agencies and consumers. We cover both hardware and software; we can assess systems and make recommendations; and we stay on top of emerging trends.

For more information, call 651-539-2300.

Find a Vendor

Our Find a Vendor webpage identifies our Job-Related Service vendors and Tactile ASL vendors.

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