Summer Programs

Summer programs for youth who are blind or have low vision

Evidence shows that people who have had work experience prior to entering the labor market have a higher likelihood of defining their vocational goals and securing employment.

DSB designed Summer Programs to provide students of all ages with hands-on experiences to build strong foundations for their futures. Additionally, several DSB Summer Programs also offer paid and unpaid work experience.

Our Summer Youth Programs - developed to provide students with a taste of a real-world career - give youth opportunities to:

  • Define their strengths and goals.
  • Learn about educational and career paths.
  • Strengthen daily living skills.
  • Meet others and have fun!

Take a look at one of our youth programs developed to provide students with a taste of a real-world career!

Skills Multi-Day Workshops

Skills Workshops teach independent living skills to younger children ages 9 – 13.

Since 2009, this program has addressed the lack of summer programs available to elementary-age children. Skills Workshops tackle these issues and address skill areas contained in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC).

Learn more about Skills Multi-Day Workshops.


Students - ages 14 to 21 - interested in attending the YES 1, YES 2, or Bridge summer programs, but in need of more practice with personal independence and life skills training are encouraged to take the LEAP!


Youth Employment Solutions 1 (YES 1)

YES 1 is a two-week program for 14 and 15 year-old students, hosted at Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, Washington. YES 1 offers students - who need minimal assistance with their independent living and travel skills - the opportunity to explore their interests and aptitudes through different assessments; explore different careers possibilities; and visit work sites.

Learn more about YES 1

Youth Employment Solutions 2 (YES 2)

YES 2 is a six-week summer program for high school students ages 16 and up that offers students five weeks of paid work experience* based on student interests, experience, and ability and a residential living experience that provides students the opportunity to refine their daily living skills.

Learn more about YES 2

Bridge Program

Each summer, DSB offers Bridge – a five-week summer program to assist blind or visually impaired high school graduates  - and high school students considering Running Start or in accelerated school classes - in their transition from high school to post-secondary education.

Bridge is held on a university campus and students live in a dorm, learn about campus life in preparation for entering college in the fall, and take a class for credits.

Learn more about Bridge.

Student Work and Academic Growth (SWAG) 

SWAG students work part-time* while taking college courses and practicing independent living. Participants in this program must be eligible to work in the U.S.; have acceptable levels of adaptive skills of blindness for independent living; be a high school graduate, or passed GED; successfully completed at least one college-level course.

Learn more about SWAG 

* Students must be eligible to work in the U.S. in order to participate in programs providing paid work experience.


For more information on our summer programs and services for children and youth, please contact us, or 800-552-7103.