School, Job and Life Skills for Teens
Several Minnesota organizations offer programs to provide blind, DeafBlind or low vision students with the skills, confidence, and experience needed to succeed in life and work.
Summer Opportunities for Students - 2019
It's time to start dreaming of summer! Summer work experience is a great way to build your resume, grow your skills, and learn about the world of work. Summer is also a great time to focus on building skills, confidence, and abilities. Check out our list of organizations that offer work opportunities for students (including internships); or our list of programs offering training in independent living and job readiness for students who are blind, low vision, or DeafBlind. Find something fun, challenging, interesting, or rewarding to do this summer!
School Year Opportunities
In addition to summertime programs, these organizations offer experience-based programming that runs throughout the school year.
Families of SSB customers (or young adult SSB customers themselves) can receive information and support about special education, transition planning, and related topics by contacting PACER. Their contact number is 800-537-2237. Depending on the question, they will be routed to an appropriate PACER special education or transition advocate. If they have a question related to assistive technology, they will be routed to the Simon Technology Center. PACER has staff who speak English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong. Families will be notified of upcoming specialized workshops once they are scheduled. Additionally, PACER will be seeking feedback from families through listening sessions and a survey.
SSB has partnered with PACER to create helpful videos, presentations and handouts for families. Learn more about these resources.
Blind Inc., Minneapolis
Build Your Future as you Transition from High School to Adulthood: BLIND, Inc. offers transition programs for blind and low vision students 14 to 21 years of age who are attending high school.
Learn more about Blind Inc.'s Transition Programs that include TEAMS, Transition Trails, and STAR programs.
Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss, Duluth
Connect with peers from across the state, and build a foundation for your future.
Access the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss website to find more information about services, including audio-described video, application and flyer.