Resources

Resources for those with a vision loss or who are blind

  • American Foundation of the Blind is a nonprofit organization that provides information and referrals about living with visual impairment.
  • Blind Inc. is an adjustment to blindness training center that teaches the skills that blind people need to become independent and employable such as Braille, home management, the use of the white cane, and computers with screen reading software.
  • Job Accommodation Network is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
  • MN Braille and Talking Books Library is a resource for Braille and Talking books located in Faribault, MN.
  • MN State Services for the Blind services include training people to adjust to blindness and vision loss, exploring assistive technology, and teaching adults how to prepare for, find and keep jobs.
  • National Federation of the Blind provides resources for the blind: services, technology news, visual aids and research information.
  • National Library Service for the Blind administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.
  • The Low Vision Store has many low vision aids to help people get back there independence by reading, writing and seeing family photos.
  • Vision Loss Resources assists people who are blind or visually impaired in achieving their full potential and to enrich the lives of all persons affected by blindness or vision loss.
  • Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development works with VR consumers, employers, and other partners to obtain, maintain and improve employment for people with disabilities.

Additional resources for those who are DeafBlind

  • Helen Keller National Center‘s mission is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in their community of choice.
  • lee.clark@state.mn.us Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division in partnership with Partners in Community Supports (PICS).
  • MN DeafBlind Association As the only organization serving DeafBlind people in Minnesota that is governed by DeafBlind people, MDBA is a focal point of the Minnesota DeafBlind community.
  • MN DeafBlind Project provides technical assistance which supports Minnesota children and youth, birth to 21 years, who have BOTH a vision and hearing impairment. These services are in addition to those provided by schools, and other state and local agencies.
  • DeafBlind Services of Minnesota In partnering with DeafBlind Services Minnesota, LLC (DBSM), Vision Loss Resources provides assistance to deafblind individuals of all ages and all abilities to achieve their highest level of independence and self-sufficiency.
  • Job Accommodation Network is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Resources for those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • CSD of Minnesota Founded in 1975, CSD — also known as Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. — is a private, nonprofit, multi-national organization dedicated to creating and provisioning technologies and services that benefit the deaf and hard of hearing community.
  • Harris Communications A nationwide retailer of assistive products for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. Find vibrating alarm clocks, visual signalers, amplified telephones, sign language books & DVDs and more.
  • Job Accommodation Network is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
  • Metro Deaf School is a free public charter school serving Preschool-12th Grade that provides a bilingual and interdisciplinary curriculum using American Sign Language (ASL) and English for students who are primarily deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing.
  • Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens advocates for and promotes a better quality of life and social wellness of Deaf people through its membership, activities and advocacy.
  • MN Commission for Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard-of-hearing Minnesotans is a Governor appointed Commission that advocates for equal opportunity for Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.
  • MN Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services provides information, resources and empowerment opportunities to assist Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and their families to effectively access services in their communities. DHHS also runs the Telephone Equipment Distribution (TED) program, providing telephone equipment to people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, Speech Impaired, or have a physical disability and need adaptive equipment in order to use the phone.
  • MN Hands and Voices provides a variety of support services to families of children who have been recently identified as deaf or hard of hearing, as well as families further along in their journey.
  • MN Vocational Rehabilitation Services If you have a disability, Vocational Rehabilitation Services unit can help you prepare for, find and keep a job, and live as independently as possible.
  • MN Workforce Center help job seekers find employment, help businesses find workers, and help anyone at any stage explore and plan careers.
  • Thompson Hall Deaf Club A Club for individuals who are Deaf based out of Saint Paul, MN.
  • Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development‘s mission is to obtain, maintain, and improve employment for people with disabilities by working with VR consumers, employers, and other partners.