We offer tools and training for success in school, life, and work.
Apply for our services. The application process is simple: complete a few quick and easy questions on this online form. It is accessible and can be sent in various formats.
As students navigate the world of high school and begin thinking about the future, we offer services and resources that provide a foundation for success. Each of the core areas highlights an essential component that teenagers need in order to succeed after high school:
Through SSB, teens can explore each of these core components and cross the BRIDGE in to the future of work, study, and living independently. In building that BRIDGE, SSB offers resources in technology, career exploration, work experience, adjustment to blindness training, and peer connections, to help students who are Blind, DeafBlind, or Low Vision develop the skills and confidence for a bright future. For more information, contact Sheila Koenig.
Our Assistive and Adaptive Technology Unit develops, coordinates and provides technology services that help people on the job, in school or at home.
In addition, SSB can provide Braille textbooks and documents, talking books and many other services through our Communication Center.
Check our Technology Support webpage for resource guides on free and low-cost assistive technology, tips for finding material in accessible alternative formats, and more.
Here are some opportunities for building job and life skills.
Several Minnesota organizations offer programs to provide students who are blind, DeafBlind or who have low vision with the skills, confidence, and experience needed to succeed in life and work. In addition to summertime programs, these organizations offer experience-based programming that runs throughout the school year.
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.
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.
We get a lot of questions about driver's licenses from potential clients. Here are the most common:
Is it possible to drive with a vision loss?
Yes. Every applicant for a driver’s license must undergo a vision screening with the Division of Motor and Vehicle Services. Those with insufficient vision can take steps with eye-care professionals to achieve the best vision possible. If vision interferes with the safe operation of a motor vehicle, driving privileges are denied.
If I am eligible for a restricted driver’s license , can I still receive services from SSB?
Yes. Some clients do have restricted licenses. Our counselors determine eligibility based on visual acuity or visual field, impediments to employment, and functional limitations.
If I receive services from SSB, is that information shared with licensing officials?
Yes. Each quarter, we provide the Department of Public Safety (DPS) with a list of new SSB applicants. DPS contacts the applicants about driving restrictions and qualifications and may request more information (such as a driver's license vision report) or require additional testing to ensure highway and road safety.
Who decides whether I keep my license?
DPS makes this determination.
Contact Teen and Transition Coordinator Sheila.Koenig@state.mn.us at 651-539-2361.