2016 Outcomes and Results

Results of Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016 include:


  • One hundred sixty-five (165) customers (PDF) (Download Adobe Reader) gained or retained competitive jobs with an average wage of $20.46 per hour.

  • Our Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program served 1,306 customers in FFY 2016.
    • 317 of these customers have been identified as Youth ages 14 - 24. Their average age at the time of VR application was 17 years old.
  • The Orientation and Training Center (OTC) served 65customers, which included:
    • Twenty-five full-time residential students.
    • Thirteen full-time or part-time commuting students.
    • Thirteen  students attended the OTC's intensive workshops.
    • Fourteen students enrolled in Long Distance courses: 10 studied braille; three were English as a Second Language students; and one took math courses.
  • 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 2016:
    • Twenty-one (21) facilities combined had total gross sales of $7,027,419.
    • $588,940 was collected as sales tax from all facilities.
    • $258,951 was collected as payroll tax from all facilities.

Independent Living

  • 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 2016, we served 66 individuals in this category.
  • 1,504 individuals over the age of 55, and not seeking to return to work, received independent living services.

School-to-Work Transition (Age 14 to High School Graduation)

  • The DSB Youth Employment Solutions (YES) provided 26 high school students who are blind or have low vision with paid summer work experiences in a variety of job settings.
  • The Bridge program enrolled nine high school graduates in summer courses at Eastern Washington University, 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.

Services for Youth Ages 9 to 13

  • Forty children ages 9 through thirteen received services.
  • DSB sponsored week-long camps in Mt. Vernon, Seattle, Spokane, and Vancouver for 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 24 children from birth to age 8.

For more information, contact us at 800-552-7103 or info@dsb.wa.gov.