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For students in the metro area, Minneapolis Adult Education south campus has trained staff and equipment to successfully serve students with vision loss or blindness.  Please call them directly at the number listed below.  For students outside the metro area, PANDA can provide referrals, phone/email support, assistive technology loans and how-to guides to successfully serve students with vision loss and blindness.  For assistance, click here to email PANDA or call (763) 504-4095.

Minneapolis Adult Education
South Campus
2225 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55407
(612) 668-3800

Minnesota State Academy for the Blind
The Minnesota State Academies provide an accessible, standards-based education for students who are blind, including services for those with additional disabilities. Located in Faribault, MN
(507) 384-6602
VP (507) 412-5109


Minnesota Employment and Economic Development - Blind or Visually Impaired
Provides tools, training and technology to help people who are blind, visually impaired, Deaf/Blind or experiencing vision loss to live independently and to prepare for, find and keep a job.

Minnesota State Services for the Blind
Provides a variety of services for children and adults who are blind or visually impaired, including vocational rehabilitation, mobility training and assistive technology.

Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library 
The Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library (MBTBL), located in Faribault, Minnesota, provides direct library service to pre-school age children to seniors with visual, physical and reading disabilities for whom conventional print is a barrier to reading.


Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Library Services
The Communication Center is the place to find books in accessible formats for Minnesotans. Our holdings include textbooks in braille and audio formats; books previously recorded for Radio Talking Book; and, books and other materials we've transcribed for our customers.

Minnesota Low-Vision Store

Minnesota Vision Project
Provides free eye exams by selected optometrists. This program can be accessed by calling the Salvation Army.
5445 Prior Avenue North
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 746-3235
Toll Free: 1 (800) 543-2522

American Council for the Blind

American Foundation for the Blind

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Blind Inc.
Blind, Incorporated is a non-profit training center that offers 'adjustment to blindness' training for adults, children, teenagers and seniors.  They teach Braille, home management, the use of the white cane, computers with screen reading software and more.


Dancing Dots
A site for musicians who are blind and their instructors.

Hadley School for the Blind

Learning Ally
Producer of accessible educational materials for students with disabilities such as visual impairment or dyslexia.

Lighthouse Guild

Macintosh Tutorials
For those with limited vision and other special needs.

National Braille Press

National Clearinghouse for ELL Literacy Education

National Federation of the Blind

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
Free library program of Braille and audio materials.

Project EASI
Online training on Accessible Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities.


Project Gutenberg
Electronic texts to be used with JAWS or other voiced computer program.

Sharing and Caring Hands
Provides vouchers for eye exams and glasses for uninsured and under-insured. To request vision services you must see MaryJo Copeland during her office hours.

Southside Vision Care
Provides optometry services to people of all ages and income levels. They also sell lenses and frames at a discounted rate.
324 E 35th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 821-2003

Strategies for Teaching Blind Students

Teaching ELL to Adult Students

Teaching Math to Visually-Impaired Students

The Low-Vision Store

Usability Geek
Ten free screen readers for blind or visually impaired users.

Vision Loss Resources
Math and Science and Technology Resources
Provides the services, skills and community of support to assist in regaining independence after vision loss.

Volunteer Braille Services of Minnesota
VBS exists to provide braille related services and products for sight impaired individuals and school districts throughout the United States.  Some of their services include, but are not limited to the following:  braille transcription, embossing, training, and library services. 

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