Resources for Families

A student and her mom watching a presentation during a DSB youth workshop.

Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) serves children and youth who are blind or have low vision from birth through age 21.

We provide:

  • 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:

  • Career counseling.
  • Assessments to help students determine their interests for their future careers.
  • For ages 14 to 15, summer programs for youth who would want to explore careers and complete community service.
  • For ages 16 to 21, summer programs for youth who would like paid-work experience or to explore learning at a university.

For more information, visit our School-to-Work 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
  • 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.

Request services online. Or contact us at 800-552-7103 or for more information.