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Blind and low vision

SEE ALSO: Deafblind 

Blind-Visually Impaired: Resources for Students
Education Department  
Users can access statewide technical assistance resources addressing special education and services for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Children and Youth Services - State Services for the Blind
Blind State Services  
State Services for the Blindís child information and referral page lists resources to serve as a starting point for answers to questions about child development, eye conditions, and adaptive skills.

Commercial Driver Medical Waivers
Transportation Department  
Information and forms on Minnesota Intrastate Waivers for drivers who are deaf/hard of hearing, are insulin-dependent diabetic, have low vision or have physical disabilities.

Communication Center, State Services for the Blind
Blind State Services  
The Communication Center, part of State Services for the Blind, provides blind, visually impaired, learning disabled and physically disabled individuals with access to print materials to meet their educational, vocational, self-sufficiency and recreational needs.

Disability Services - Department of Employment and Economic Development
Employment and Economic Development Department  
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development offers disability services for those who are blind or have low vision, are veterans, or are in need of rehabilitation services.

Employment for Blind, Visually Impaired or DeafBlind
Blind State Services  
These services ensure that persons who are blind, visually impaired or DeafBlind (including those who have additional physical and/or mental impairments) have the rehabilitation services they need to prepare for, seek, retain and regain employment.

Information About Vision Loss
Blind State Services  
Practical resources for seniors, their families, and senior service providers, designed to address the needs and questions of visually impaired seniors.

Libraries for the Blind and Deaf
Education Department  
State Library Services administers the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library program.

Minnesota Supplemental Aid
Human Services Department  
Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) is a state funded program that provides a monthly cash supplement to people who are aged, blind or disabled and who receive federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Radio Talking Book
Blind State Services  
The purpose of the Radio Talking Book is to provide current newspapers, magazines and the latest best selling books at the same time that they are available to the print reading public. Materials chosen reflect the broad spectrum of interests and information currently available to all consumers. The Radio Talking Book provides these materials in an unabridged form. Programs are heard on closed-circuit radio receivers loaned, free of charge, to eligible listeners.

Sources of Aids and Devices
Blind State Services  
A list of local and national sources of aids and devices for blind, low vision, and deafblind.

State Academy for the Blind
Blind Academy  
The State of Minnesota, through the State Academy for the Blind and in partnership with families, school districts, legislative bodies, and business and community leaders, is dedicated to the education and life preparation of blind, visually impaired, and deaf/blind learners through the provision of a dedicated educational and residential program that includes Braille, independent travel, assistive technologies and individualized educational services, enabling students to reach their fullest potential.

State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind
Blind State Services  
The State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind gives advice and recommendation to State Services for the Blind (SSB) about its products and services.

State Services for the Blind
Blind State Services  
State Services for the Blind (SSB) is a branch within the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. SSB believes that blindness should never stop people from obtaining jobs, participating in training, or in any activities which reflect their potential and interests. SSB services is open to anyone of any age in Minnesota who has a vision loss that creates a barrier to their vocational or personal independence

Technology Access Standards
Revisor of Statutes Office  
Nonvisual technology access standards must be included in all contracts for the procurement of information technology by, or for the use of, agencies, political subdivisions, and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The University of Minnesota is encouraged to consider similar standards.

Vision Loss Products
Blind State Services   Employment and Economic Development Department  
There are many resources and strategies that can help you make daily living easier and less frustrating.