The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provides access to statewide technical assistance and resources to students with sight disabilities and their families. The MDE specialist for the blind and visually impaired organizes support, training, and technical assistance to teachers of the blind and visually impaired (TBVI), certified orientation and mobility specialists (COMS), and other stakeholders who serve students who are blind or visually impaired. E-mail Kristin Oien or call 651-582-8843.
The Minnesota Resource Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI), authorized by legislation in the 1988 session, is a statewide resource addressing special education and services for students who are blind or visually impaired. The BVI Resource Center offers a statewide BVI Lending Library, American Printing House materials and a TBVI Assistive Technology Loan Project. The Resource Center is part of MDE and is located on the campus of Minnesota State Academy for the Blind, 400 SE 6th Avenue, Faribault, MN 55021.