Services for Teens


The teenage years are filled with changes, questions and decisions about the future. They can be daunting times for anyone growing into adulthood.

But teens who are blind, deaf-blind or visually impaired often face unique circumstances and added challenges, most of which can be overcome with the right guidance, planning and training.

The early teen years are a good time to begin your relationship with SSB. In fact, we encourage students or their parents to apply for services with us on or after their 14th birthday.

The application process is simple. One form, several easy questions. It is accessible and can be sent in various formats.

You've got questions about school, about living independently, about college, about careers and work life. We've got answers and plenty of expertise to guide you as you begin thinking about your future.


For More Information

 Contact Chad Bowe at 651-539-2334.


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.


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.

For more information, contact SSB's Workforce Development Unit Referral Line at 651-539-2373.

Summer Enrichment for Transition Students

It's not too early to starting thinking about summer camps, educational programs and skills-building opportunities for blind, visually impaired, and DeafBlind teens and young adults. Here are many options for summer 2015.


With offices in Hibbing, Duluth, Brainerd and Walker, the Center for Independent Living of Northeastern Minnesota provides a variety of programs.

Boys and Girls Club 

Programs focus on leadership, education and career development, health and life skills with the goal of paving the way toward academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

Conservation Corps – Minnesota

Conservation Corps provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities to youth and young adults while accomplishing conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work.

Courage Center 

Offers adaptive sports and recreation opportunities, aquatics, fitness and wellness, as well as vocational and independent living services.

Helen Keller National Center For Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults

How Far Can You Go?

Dates: July 27-August 7, 2015 at HKNC – 141 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY

Cost: $2,600.00 for two weeks – includes tuition, room and board

Intermediate School District 917 Vision Program Extended School Year Expanded Core Curriculum

Two week program focusing on skills in the areas of independent living, daily living skills, recreation and leisure, social interaction, career education, and orientation and mobility for students who are blind/visually impaired.

Dates: August 3-13, 2015

Leader Dog for the Blind Summer Experience

This program is a free, one-week camp experience for 16- and 17-year-olds that is all about fun, learning new things, challenging yourself and making new friends.

The camp is held from June 26-July 3, 2015, and is held in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Application deadline is: April 1, 2015.

Minnesota Life College Summer Internship Program

Session 1: June 7-26, 2015.    Session 2: July 5-24, 2015.

Students will have the opportunity to experience the real world, by living in an apartment-setting with roommates, working and engaging in community life with new friends.

The Summer Internship Program is a hands-on learning, taught by MLC instructors and job coaches. This opportunity will provide students the chance to develop

  • Social skills and participate in fun community activities
  • Work skills through an internship experience, with a student stipend at the end of the three weeks
  • Independent living skills including: organization, budgeting, healthy choices and safety

Cost: $5,000

Minnesota State Academy for the Blind's Independence 101

The Independence 101 Summer Program will offer opportunities for both middle school and high school age students. Each group of students will participate in activities encompassing the three areas of transition (post-secondary, employment, and independent living).

Focusing on increasing functional learning skills, this program is designed to create an active learning environment for students entering grades 7-12.

For more information, call 507-384-6700 or 800-657-3634.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Youth Slam

Four-day STEM academy in Baltimore, Maryland Focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Northern Plains Vision of Sport Camp

Visually impaired and blind children from MN participate in an annual sport and recreation camp.

Contact Dr. James Mastro at: 218-755-3772

PREP Program at BLIND Inc. in Minneapolis

An eight-week summer program designed to prepare blind high school students for academic, employment, and social success.

Dates: June 14-August 7, 2015

Right Track

Right Track is Saint Paul's pipeline for youth career development and building a diverse future workforce. Important partners are joining forces to ensure Saint Paul youth are on the right track to future success. The Right Track Initiative brings together the City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Public Schools, businesses, and community-based organizations to provide work readiness and employment opportunities for youth.

STEP-UP Summer Jobs Program

For Minneapolis youth ages 14-21. Youth must complete a competitive application process and work readiness training to be considered for a position with the STEP-UP program. Youth ages 14-21 are offered a paid internship experience and matched with positions at local businesses.

For more information, contact Tammy Dickinson at (612) 673-5041.

Summer Transition Program

Dates: June 13 – 25, 2015, at the University of St. Thomas

The program focuses on employment, post-secondary education and independent living. STP must be in the transition student’s IEP.  Costs are split between student’s school district and SSB.

Tree Trust Summer Youth Employment Program

Youth spend their summer working hard throughout the Twin Cities seven-county metro area. Whether they're working as a team to build a staircase at a local park or working by themselves to help a local organization catch up on data entry, participants earn wages, develop pride in their abilities and gain transferable skills to take to future jobs. The community benefits, too. Residents see improvements in their parks and recreation areas, and businesses get to draw from a competent, experienced workforce of young people.

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

Classes focus on the local, natural, and cultural history of Minnesota. Designed to incorporate many different learning styles.

Yes Duluth – Youth Employment Service

Program provides education and employment services for youth 16 to 21 years old, with a focus on: 

  • Individualized tutoring to help participants earn a GED or high school diploma
  • Paid work experience opportunities
  • Funding for training
  • Help with college enrollment
  • Career guidance
  • Job search skills (resume writing, cover letters, interviewing and follow-up)

Summer Jobs Program offers short-term summer employment and work experience with local employers.

For more information, call 218-302-8400 and ask for a YES Duluth Youth Specialist.