Resources for Families

What can DSB do for children, their families and their service providers?
Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) serves children and youth who are blind or have low vision from birth through high school graduation.

We provide:

  • Information and referral to the appropriate community resources.
  • Training in understanding the specialized developmental needs and parenting techniques for a child who is blind or has low vision.
  • Assistance in understanding the nature and potential impact of the child's visual disability.
  • Counseling towards building the foundation of a productive, independent and successful childhood, youth, and adulthood.
  • Assistance in advocating for access needs through the K-through-12 school system.
  • Training for the child and their family with daily living skills to help the child become more independent at home and participate in household chores.

What does DSB do to help children transition to employment as adults?
For students, ages 14 through high-school graduation, DSB offers:

  • Career counseling.
  • Assessments to help students determine their interests for their future careers.
  • For ages 14 to 15, summer programs for youth who would want to explore careers and complete community service.
  • For ages 16 to high-school graduation, summer programs for youth who would like paid-work experience.
  • For high-school youth or recent graduates of high school, summer programs to explore learning at a university.

For more information, visit our School-to-Work Transition page.

How does DSB work with service providers?
DSB offers technical consultative services to schools, Birth-through-3 centers and other community organizations who work with blind or low vision children and youth.  

When questions arise on how a blind or low vision child might participate in some activity, we can offer ideas on how it can be possible.

What other resources do you provide?
DSB has several other resources available to families with a child who is blind or has low vision:

  • Summer camps and programs
  • Resources and information for families with infants and small children who are blind or have low vision
  • Career fairs
  • Scholarship and grant information

Request services online. Or contact us at 800-552-7103 or info@dsb.wa.gov for more information.