Minnesota State Services for the Blind

If you have vision loss, the Workforce Development Unit of Minnesota State Services for the Blind (SSB) can help you prepare for, find, and keep a job, and live as independently as possible.

Rehabilitation Counseling

If you have major vision loss that makes it hard for you to get and keep a job, you may be eligible for counseling, training, job skills, and job placement services from SSB.

Services vary depending on your individual needs. SSB counselors will work with you to figure out which services you will need to reach your job goal.

After you have decided on a goal and figured out what services you need to reach it, you work with a counselor to make a plan that will help you achieve your goal. SSB counselors know about vision loss and understand workplace demands so they can help you choose which options are the best for you.

For more information about SSB Rehabilitation Counseling, call 1-651-539-2300 or 1-800-652-9000.

Eligibility and Application

Eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services from the Workforce Development Unit of Minnesota State Services for the Blind (SSB) is based on several things. The main thing you must have to qualify is significant vision loss.

People who get SSI or SSDI because of their vision loss are automatically eligible.

To discuss your eligibility and the programs or services that might be available to you, or to ask for an application for services, call 1-651-539-2300 or 1-800-652-9000 and ask to speak with someone in the Workforce Development Unit.

You can also request an application form here.

You can mail your completed application to:

State Services for the Blind
2200 University Avenue West – Suite #240
St. Paul, MN 55114

If you would like to ask a question or get more information, fill out the SSB Information Request form and a member of the SSB staff will contact you.

For a listing of local SSB offices, click here.