Services for Teens

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.

Bridge to Success

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: 

  • Basic Skills 
  • Role Models 
  • Initiative
  • Discovery
  • Goal Setting
  • Experiences 

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.

Technology

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.

Job and Life Skills

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. 

Blind Inc., Minneapolis

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. 

Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss, Duluth 

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.

News

Attend the Upcoming Career Expo

Saturday, April 30, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
MCTC - 3rd floor of Library

Meet professionals with a vision loss from a variety of careers and jobs.

There will be:

  • Career explorations sessions
  • Panel presentations on the college experience
  • Free parking, free lunch, and free registration

Register for the April 30 Career Expo. 

Also see a downloadable flyer of the expo.

Learn about summer employment opportunities

Read the 2016 Summer Opportunities for Teens bulletin.

Newsletters

Flyers/Guidelines

Contact

Contact Teen and Transition Coordinator Sheila.Koenig@state.mn.us at 651-539-2361.