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Minnesota State Services for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Minnesota State Services for the Blind
2200 University Avenue West
Suite 240
St. Paul, MN 55114-1840
(651) 642-0500 (Local)
(651) 649-5927 (Fax)
(651) 642-0506 (TDD/TTY)
ssb.info@state.mn.us
http://www.mnssb.org/

Brief Description

Minnesota State Services for the Blind assists blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind Minnesotans age 55 and older regain or maintain their personal independence. Such services do not focus on employment. Rehabilitation staff provide services statewide across three different levels, according to customer needs: informational, assessment (including guidance on possible low vision aids or other devices), and intensive. In intensive services, the customer receives help via a plan for needs ranging from braille and cane travel instruction to money and household management skill development. Senior services are provided to individuals or groups of individuals by SSB staff and private contract vendors.

State Services for the Blind (SSB) is a branch within the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. It is funded by Federal, State and private dollars.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Geographic area served: Minnesota.

Locations

616 America Avenue NW
Suite 230
Bemidji, MN 56601-3866

Lyon County Government Center
607 West Main Street
Marshall, MN 56258-2087

12 Civic Center Plaza
Suite 1600B
Mankato, MN 56001-7797

204 Laurel St.
Suite 21
Brainerd, MN 56401-4526

300 11th Avenue NW
Rochester, MN 55901-1801

320 West Second Street
Suite 205
Duluth, MN 55802-1494

Workforce Center
1542 Northway Drive, Door 2
Saint Cloud, MN 56303

3920 13th Avenue East
PO Box 68
Hibbing, MN 55746-4600

Family Service Center of Clay County
715 11th Street North
Suite 302A
Moorhead, MN 56560-2083

2200 University Avenue
Suite 240
Saint Paul, MN 55114-1840

Staff

Richard Strong, Director, (651) 642-0500, richard.strong@state.mn.us

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Counseling
    • Offers counseling in adjustment to blindness.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers vocational rehabilitation services including rehabilitation counseling, braille instruction, travel training, I.L.S. training, assistive technology services. Provides independent living services to persons age 55 and older. Assists elderly blind or visually handicapped individuals to function more independently within their environment.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Operates franchise operations for legally blind vendors. Provides vocational training, job placement.
  • Library Services
    • Maintains special library and transcription service providing reading material in alternate formats to citizens of Minnesota who have difficulty reading normal print.
  • Reading Services
    • Radio Talking Book (RTB), a closed-circuit reading network, broadcasts twenty-four hours daily to more than 7,500 persons who are blind visualy impaired or print disables (with a potential of 35,000) in Minnesota and South Dakota. Dial-In News (newspapers accessed by touchtone phone). 651-649-5905 or 800-652-9000.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Assists blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind Minnesotans age 55 and older regain or maintain their personal independence. Such services do not focus on employment. Rehabilitation staff provide services statewide across three different levels, according to customer needs: informational, assessment (including guidance on possible low vision aids or other devices), and intensive. In intensive services, the customer receives help via a plan for needs ranging from braille and cane travel instruction to money and household management skill development. Senior services are provided to individuals or groups of individuals by SSB staff and private contract vendors.

Services for Children

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to eligible transition age youth (those ages 14 and above).
  • Support for Parents
    • Parent information provided.

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