Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) serves children and youth who are blind or have low vision from birth through age 21.
- Information and referral to the appropriate community resources.
- Training in understanding the specialized developmental needs and parenting techniques for a child who is blind or has low vision.
- Assistance in understanding the nature and potential impact of the child's visual disability.
- Counseling towards building the foundation of a productive, independent and successful childhood, youth, and adulthood.
- Assistance in advocating for access needs through the K-through-12 school system.
- Training for the child and their family with daily living skills to help the child become more independent at home and participate in household chores.
For students, ages 14 through 21, DSB offers:
- Job exploration counseling
- Work based learning experiences to explore careers
- Counseling on enrollment for comprehensive transition and post-secondary transition opportunities
- Instruction in Self-Advocacy
For more information, visit our Transition page.
DSB offers technical consultative services to schools, Birth-through-3 centers and other community organizations who work with blind or low vision children and youth.
When questions arise on how a blind or low vision child might participate in some activity, we can offer ideas on how it can be possible.
DSB has several other resources available to families with a child who is blind or has low vision:
- Multi-day Summer programs
- Youth Services Student Newsletter
- Resources and information for families with infants and small children who are blind or have low vision
- Career fairs
- Scholarship and grant information
Families looking for educational resources for students who are blind or visually impaired can also visit the Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB). DSB partners with WSSB on summer programs, workshops, and the Learning Independence For Today and Tomorrow (LIFFT) program.