Workshops and Programs

DSB Youth Services participant learns to use life vest and raft at an airline safety workshop hosted by Alaska Airlines. A flight attendant helps other participants.

Educational and Entertaining Activities for Young People 

DSB provides educational programming children and young people across the state who are blind or have low vision through age 21.

Our services are geared towards building the foundation of a productive, independent, and successful childhood, youth, and adulthood for all participants. Our Workshops and Programs give opportunities for young people to:

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

DSB Workshops and Programs are open to Washington students, regardless of workshop location or city of residency. 

Workshops will be listed on our Events Page as they are announced.

 

Workshops

DSB workshops are offered year-round and usually held on weekends or after school. Workshops last 2 – 4 hours and provide participants with a focused study of topics important to help young people understand and achieve their vocational, educational, and career goals.

Travel and Mobility 

Participants learn to navigate different modes of transportation and improve their independent travel skills through discussion of commuting tips and public transit options for people with disabilities and travel on various forms of public transportation such as light rail, buses, or ferries. 

Career Exploration

Blind and Low Vision participants and their families learn about different fields of work through fun, hands-on activities at a variety of businesses and work sites. 

Interpersonal Skills 

Young people practice self-advocacy and other skills necessary to move forward and navigate their futures. Participants work on social skills behaviors, and peer interactions in a group setting, learning the “who, what, when, where, and how” of social skills.

Independent Living Skills 

Participants learn about topics including orientation and mobility, self-care and appropriate dress, money management, self-advocacy, time management, nutrition, meal preparation, accessing community services and supports, and community participation and safety.

Using Technology 

Participants learn to use technology outside of the classroom, and practice using a variety of devices, software, and apps to navigate their environment, identify and read objects and products, schedule activities and manage calendars, and record and organize notes and memos. 

We welcome ideas from parents, educators, and youth or students with visual impairments for workshops that will help young people with visual impairments reach their goals. Your input is valued and welcomed!

DSB workshops are planned throughout the year. Please visit our Events Page for the current Workshop schedule. 

 

Programs

DSB programs for youth or students who are blind or have low vision build on the skills practiced in the Workshops to create meaningful experiences that can directly impact their career journey. DSB programs provide youth and students with hands-on experiences to build strong foundations for their futures and provide them with a taste of a real-world career. 

Additionally, several DSB Programs offer paid and unpaid work experience. Evidence shows that people who have work experience prior to entering the labor market have a higher likelihood of successfully defining their educational and vocational goals and securing a career.

LEAP

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. YES 1 offers students the opportunity to explore their interests and aptitudes; discover 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 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 

Bridge is a five-week summer program for blind or visually impaired high school graduates, students considering Running Start, or in accelerated school classes that helps in their transition from high school to post-secondary education. Bridge participants attend a college level class for credits, live in the dorms, and experience campus life in preparation for entering college.  Learn more about Bridge

Student Work and Academic Growth (SWAG)

SWAG students work part-time* while taking college courses and living independently. 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; and successfully completed at least one college-level course. Learn more about SWAG

 

Request DSB services for children, youth, or students online. Or contact us at 800-552-7103 or info@dsb.wa.gov for more information.

 

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

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