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) 539-2300 (Local)

Brief Description

The mission of State Services for the Blind (SSB) is to facilitate the achievement of vocational and personal independence by Minnesotans who are blind, visually impaired or DeafBlind. At State Services for the Blind we provide the tools, training and technology to help people who are blind, visually impaired, DeafBlind or experiencing vision loss to live independently and to prepare for, find and keep a job. Our Communication Center produces material in alternate formats such as braille, digital audio, or eText. The Radio Talking Book as well as Dial-in News, and NFB-Newsline are also provided through the Communication Center.

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


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


Edward Lecher, OIB Program Manager, edward.lecher@state.mn.us
Carol Pankow, Director, (651) 539-2300, Carol.Pankow@state.mn.us

Services Offered

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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