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 of 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.
Fiscal Year 2019 was especially challenging. DSB was forced to implement Order of Selection waitlist for the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program. This reduced the number of clients the agency was able to serve. The waitlist was the only way the agency was able to manage scarce resources. By the end of 2019, DSB served 73% of the people who had been on the waitlist. Because of Order of Selection, employment outcomes were less robust for 2019, but the quality of results for these individuals was strong.
Bravo to our successful DSB customers!
- Eighty-five (85) customers gained or retained competitive jobs
- The average wage of $21.76 per hour.
- Our Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program served 1,281 customers in FFY 2019.
- Four hundred thirty-nine (439) students with disabilities received VR services.
- The Orientation and Training Center (OTC) served 35 customers, which included:
- Fifteen (15) full-time residential students.
- Eighteen (18) full-time or part-time commuting students.
- Three (3) students enrolled in Long Distance Braille courses
- Three (3) students studying English as a Second Language (ESL)
- 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 2019:
- Twenty-three (23) facilities combined had total gross sales of $7,439,010.
- $556,050 was collected as sales tax from all facilities.
- $286,126 was collected as payroll tax from all facilities.
- One new facility opened in FFY 2019
- One hundred three individuals who are blind or have low vision, aged 21 - 55, and do not choose employment received independent living services. Some of these people may choose an employment track after receiving independent living services.
- One thousand ninety-three (1,093) individuals over the age of 55, and not seeking to return to work, received independent living services.
- Thirteen (13) individuals 100 years old or older received independent living services.
School-to-Work Transition (Age 14 to 21)
- The DSB Youth Employment Solutions 1 (YES 1) is a two-week program for 14-15 year-old students giving them the opportunity to explore their career interests and aptitudes.
- Sixteen (16) students participated in YES 1 in FFY 2019.
- The YES 2 program is a six-week program designed to provide valuable work and independent living experiences to high school students.
- Thirty-three (33) students participated in the YES 2 program
- The Bridge program enrolled six (6) high school students in summer courses at Eastern Washington University (EWU). Bridge is a five-week on-campus experience, where they learned to advocate for and secure accommodations in higher education programs, experienced life in the dorm, and developed systems for navigating a college campus.
- Seven (7) college students ages 18 – 21 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.
- 2019 was the second year for the Life-skills Extended Assistance Program (LEAP) for students who are interested in attending YES 1, YES 2, or Bridge, but would like more practice with personal independence and life skills.
- Twenty (20) young people took part in the weeklong experiences held in Tacoma, Monroe, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Mount Vernon, and Puyallup.
- DSB sponsors weeklong Skills Workshops for students ages nine through 13. In FFY 2019, Skills workshops were held in Mt. Vernon, Seattle, Tacoma, Monroe, and Vancouver. The focus of the camps was on the expanded core curriculum: independent living skills, recreation, technology, and orientation and mobility.
- Twenty-three (23) students participated in Skills Workshops.
In Federal Fiscal Year 2019, the Department of Services for the Blind helped 85 people who are blind or have low vision successfully find or retain employment. These individuals are working in a variety of occupations at the organizations listed below.
DSB was operating under Order of Selection during Federal Fiscal Year 2019. This reduced the number of clients the agency able to serve. Order of Selection implemented a waitlist for the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program. Due to this waitlist, employment outcomes were less robust, but the quality of results for these individuals was strong.
Job titles are from the categories described in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) list of Occupational Profiles. To learn the occupation's definition, national employment and wage estimates, and industry and geographic profiles, visit the BLS website.
|JOB TITLE||EMPLOYER NAME|
|Crop, Nursery, & Greenhouse Farmworker||Albertson's Companies, Inc.|
|Hotel, Motel, & Resort Desk Clerk||Best Western Hotels & Resorts|
|Mechanical Engineer||Boeing Company|
|Education Administrator||Capitol Solutions, LLC|
|Office & Administrative Support Worker||Cascade Public Media (KCTS 9)|
|Religious Activities & Education Director||Christ The King Church|
|Customer Service Representative||CloudOne, LLC|
|Customer Service Representative||CloudOne, LLC|
|Marriage & Family Therapist||CoHear/BCS|
|Customer Service Representative||Coordinated Care Corporation|
|Material Moving Worker||Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill|
|Social & Human Service Assistant||Council For The Homeless|
|Instructional Coordinator||Creative Inclusion, LLC|
|Freight, Stock, & Material Mover||Crunch Pak|
|Payroll & Timekeeping Clerk||Defense Finance & Accounting Service|
|Computer Programmer||Facebook, Inc.|
|Office & Administrative Support Specialist||Farmers Insurance Group|
|Bookkeeping, Accounting, & Auditing Clerk||Glass Doctor|
|Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technician||GM Electric LLC|
|Chief Executive Office||Gold Seal Mechanical, Inc.|
|Mental Health Counselor||Grant Integrated Services|
|Business Operations Specialists, All Other||Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.|
|Stock Clerk||Haggen Food & Pharmacy|
|Education, Training, & Library Specialist||Head Start|
|Special Education Teacher||Helen Keller National Center|
|Electro-Mechanical Technician||Highway 9 Power Equipment|
|Multimedia Artist & Animator||Highwire Games|
|Office & Administrative Support Specialist||Hopelink|
|Massage Therapist||Intuitive Bodywork, PLLC|
|Software Accessibility Tester||iSoftStone North America|
|Drafters||Jarnot Engineering, Inc.|
|Customer Service Representative||Kaiser Permanente|
|Customer Service Representative||LeTip International, Inc.|
|Food Preparation Worker||Lifeline Connections|
|Dishwasher||Living Care Retirement Community|
|Teacher||Louisiana Association for the Blind, Inc.|
|Lawyer||Mason County District Attorney's Office|
|Sales Representative||Microsoft Corporation|
|Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technician||Mukilteo School District|
|Loan Interviewer & Clerk||Northwest Access Fund|
|Counselor||Northwest Resources II, Inc.|
|Massage Therapist||Orenco Wellness Center|
|Marketing Manager||PACCAR, Inc.|
|Teacher Assistant||Pasco School District|
|Teacher||Port Angeles School Board|
|Mental Health Counselor||Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe|
|Purchasing Manager||Precision Castparts Corporation|
|Financial Manager||Puget Sound Gastroenterology|
|Teacher Assistant||Seattle Public Schools|
|Teacher Assistant||Seattle Public Schools|
|Production Assistant||Seh America|
|Document Processor||Seh America|
|Teacher||Selah School District|
|Computer User Support Specialist||Self-Employed|
|Musical Instrument Repairer||Self-Employed|
|Home Health Aide||Self-Employed|
|Teacher||Shelton School Board|
|Customer Service Representative||Skagit River Brewery|
|Receptionist||Skookum Contract Services|
|Child, Family, & School Social Worker||Southeast Youth & Family Services|
|Teacher Assistant||St. Anthony's Catholic Church|
|Human Resources Specialist||Steel Crazy, Inc.|
|Freight, Stock, & Material Mover||Taco Bell Corporation|
|Freight, Stock, & Material Mover||The Home Depot, Inc.|
|Customer Service Representative||The Quarters|
|Office & Administrative Support Specialist||University of Washington|
|Office & Administrative Support Specialist||University of Wyoming / Wyoming Institute for Disabilities|
|Elementary School Teacher||Utsalady Elementary School|
|Customer Service Representative||Walmart Corporation|
|Office & Administrative Support Specialist||Washington State Department of Corrections|
|Educational, Guidance, School, & Vocational Counselor||Washington State Department of Labor & Industries|
|Nursing Assistant||Washington State Department of Social & Health Services|
|Education, Training, & Library Specialist||Washington State School for the Blind|
|Special Education Teacher||Washington State School for the Blind|
|Office & Administrative Support Specialist||Waste Management, Inc.|
|Usher, Lobby Attendant, & Ticket Taker||Wendy's Company|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||Workforce Development Center|
|Teacher & Instructor||Yakima School District|
|Janitor||Yakima Specialties, Inc.|