Each fall, we look back at the year and celebrate the successes of all of our customers who completed their Vocational Rehabilitation programs and went to work in, or kept, good jobs. This is not just about numbers, but about each person who is able to take charge of their life, support their family, pay taxes, and give back to their community.
Everyone is encouraged to view the details each years’ success stories and the list of jobs and employers to enjoy this year’s specific successes. The list is always exciting because it illustrates in what an unlimited range of professions individuals who are blind or visually impaired succeed. It also shows the wide variety of employers who benefit from qualified employees who are blind or visually impaired.
Bravo to our successful DSB customers!
RESULTS OF FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR (FFY) 2018 INCLUDE:
- One hundred fifty-seven (157) customers (pdf) (Download Adobe Reader) gained or retained competitive jobs with an average wage of $24.07 per hour.
- Our Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program served 1,406 customers in FFY 2018.
- 287 of these customers have been identified as Youth ages 14 - 24. Their average age at the time of VR application was 19 years old.
- The Orientation and Training Center (OTC) served 73 customers, which included:
- 27 full-time residential students.
- 24 full-time or part-time commuting students.
- 15 students attended the OTC's intensive workshops.
- 7 students enrolled in Long Distance braille courses.
- 3 students studied English as a Second Language students.
- 6 students gained English Literacy.
- Our Business Enterprise Program (BEP) provides opportunities for our customers to operate successful food service businesses in government buildings that benefit the state and our economy as a whole. In FFY 2018:
- Twenty-one (21) facilities combined had total gross sales of $7,664,004.
- $619,694 was collected as sales tax from all facilities.
- $263,707 was collected as payroll tax from all facilities.
- DSB provides services to adults who are blind or have low vision, aged 21 - 55, and do not choose employment. Some of these individuals choose an employment track after receiving our services. In FFY 2018, we served 286 individuals in this category.
- 1,617 individuals over the age of 55, and not seeking to return to work, received independent living services. This included 10 individuals who were 100 years old or older.
School-to-Work Transition (Age 14 to High School Graduation)
- The DSB Youth Employment Solutions (YES) 1 is a two-week program for 14-15 year-old students giving them the opportunity to explore their career interests and aptitudes. 16 students participated in YES 1 in FFY 2018.
- 26 students participated in the YES 2 program – a six-week program designed to provide valuable work and independent living experiences to high school students.
- The Bridge program enrolled 8 high school students in summer courses at Eastern Washington University (EWU), where they learned how to advocate for and secure accommodations in higher education programs, experienced life in the dorm, and developed systems for navigating the college campus.
- 8 high school graduates participated in the Student Work and Academic Growth (SWAG) program. In addition to taking classes at EWU, these students expanded their responsibilities and independence by working part-time jobs and living in off-campus housing.
- Summer 2018 saw the launch of a new program for students who are interested in attending YES I, YES II, or Bridge, but would like more practice with personal independence and life skills, called LEAP. Eleven young people took part in the week-long experiences held in Mount Vernon and Puyallup.
Services for Youth Ages 9 to 13
- Eighty-eight children ages 9 through thirteen received DSB services.
- DSB sponsored week-long camps in Mt. Vernon, Seattle, Cheney, and Vancouver for 20 students ages 9 through 13. The focus of the camps were on the expanded core curriculum: independent living skills, recreation, technology, and orientation and mobility.
Birth to Age 8
- We served 14 children from birth to age 8.