Applicants for DSB Vocational Rehabilitation Services are encouraged to reach out to the following resources, as applicable to their individual situations. These sources can provide additional support in their career journeys.
DSB Successful Outcomes
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.
Learn about the success of previous DSB Vocational Rehabilitation clients.
As a participant of DSB, you will share some personal information with your VR Specialists to help them to work towards your goal of employment.
We respect and value the need to keep that personal information confidential. We want you to understand how any personal information we gather may be used. (WAC 67-25-550)
State of Washington Resources
Client Assistant Program
The Client Assistance Program (CAP) is an independent program designed to help people understand and receive services available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the Department of Services for the Blind (DSB), Independent Living Programs (ILP’s) and Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs.
The CAP explains your rights and responsibilities as an applicant or client of these rehabilitation agencies and helps you make the most of your VR experiences.
Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Resources
The Washington State Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs provide services to American Indians with disabilities who are seeking employment. The Department of Services for the Blind works cooperatively with the Tribal VR Programs to enhance the independence of individuals with visual disabilities, facilitate access to vocational rehabilitation services and increase employment opportunities for those served.
Washington State Voter Registration
Washington State residents can register to vote online.
Reduced Transit Fares
Transit agencies across the state offer senior and disabled riders of public transit free or reduced fares.
News / Information / Entertainment
NFB-NEWSLINE is a free audio news service for anyone who is blind, low-vision, deafblind, or otherwise print-disabled that offers access to more than 500 publications, emergency weather alerts, job listings, and more.
Washington Talking Book and Braille Library
The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library builds community and provides equal access to information and reading materials for Washington residents unable to read standard print.
National Federation of the Blind of Washington
The National Federation of the Blind of Washington (NFBW) is the Washington affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of the blind in the United States.
The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind of Washington is two-fold—to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. By providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services and protection of civil rights, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families, members of the NFB of Washington strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality.
Washington Council of the Blind
Washington Council of the Blind (WCB) is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting opportunity, equality, and independence in the blind community through education, public awareness, and advocacy.
The largest organization of blind consumers in Washington State, WCB has chapter affiliates and special interest affiliates across the state, all of whom are committed to fostering lifestyles that reflect participation, productivity, independence, and dignity.
WCB is an affiliate of American Council of the Blind (ACB).
Community and Training Information
Career Index Plus
The Career Index Plus puts everything needed to select the right vocational goal in one, easy-to-use application. TCI+ is free of charge and was specifically developed with the needs of Vocational Rehabilitation in mind.
Catalogs for Adaptive Aids
Several retailers specializing in products for blind and visually impaired consumers.
Dog Guide Information
Dog guides are highly trained animals that provide people who are blind or visually impaired with enhanced mobility, companionship, the opportunity to conquer barriers, and increased independence.