2011 Outcomes and Results

Results of State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2011 include:

  • One hundred forty-seven (147) customers went to work in competitive jobs at an average wage of nearly $20 per hour.
    • Our increased emphasis on employer outreach enabled us to identify individuals who were in jeopardy of losing their current jobs due to vision loss.  We were able to help 82 people adjust to their blindness, gain alternative skills and assistive technology, and keep their existing jobs.
    • With a boost from Recovery Act dollars we ramped up our employment efforts through a number of special initiatives:
        • Out of the 18 internships we arranged this past year, 7 customers secured permanent employment, and the others gained valuable work experience.
        • We assisted 13 customers set up small businesses.
        • We conducted several intensive Job Search Boot Camps across the state to assist customers in seeking and securing employment.
  • In addition, our programs for youth, including the Bridge Program, Summer Camp for Independent Living Skills (SCILS), the Baby Jamboree, and the Youth Employment Solutions (YES) Program, have made tremendous contributions to the lives of children who are blind or have low vision, fostering independence, creativity and confidence early on. 
    • The Bridge Program, a five-week, academic experience, placed nine students on the campus of Eastern Washinton University.
    • SCILS, a day camp designed for children ages 9 to 13, had 11 participants this year, who, along with daily living skills activities, took part in recreational and volunteer opportunities. 
    • The Baby Jamboree, an event focused on birth to age 3 and co-sponsored by DSB, Washington State School for the Blind, and other agencies and organizations, gave families the opportunity to learn about their child's vision loss and how to advocate for that child's needs. This year there were 18 families in attendance from all over Washington. 
    • The YES Program, which provides housing and paid employment opportunities for transition-age youth, had 20 students this year who interned at 17 employers throughout the city of Seattle. 
  • Our Independent Living Older Blind (ILOB) program (contracted through the University of Washington and local providers) served 1,259 individuals.
    • ILOB Tribal customers increased by 13% due to targeted outreach efforts funded with ARRA dollars.
    • We expanded our pool of local IL providers to 12.

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