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Washington State Department of Services for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Washington State Department of Services for the Blind
4565 7th Avenue SE
Lacey, WA 98504-0933
(360) 725-3830 (Local)
(360) 407-0679 (Fax)
(800) 552-7103 (Toll-Free)
info@dsb.wa.gov
http://www.dsb.wa.gov/

Brief Description

The Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides one front door to services for all residents of Washington state who are blind or have low vision. It has offices in Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, and Yakima. It also also provides a range of services for employers interested in accommodating or hiring workers with vision loss.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Geographic area served: Washington.

Locations

949 Market Street
Suite 508
Tacoma, WA 98402

1712 South 16th Street
Yakima, WA 98902-5713

3411 South Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98118-1531

2214 East 13th Street
Suite 208
Vancouver, WA 98661-4120

510 West Riverside
Room 209
Spokane, WA 99201

Staff

Lou Oma Durand, Executive Director, loudurand@dsb.wa.gov
Debbie Cook, Independent Living--Older Blind, Consultant, debcook@dsb.wa.gov
Jeanne Gallo, Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Manager, jeagallo@dsb.wa.gov
Arlene Itou, Assistant Director--Operations, arlitou@dsb.wa.gov
Jim Lochner, Manager, Business Services, jim.lochner@dsb.wa.gov
Michael MacKillop, Assistant Director--Customer Services, michael.mackillop@dsb.wa.gov
Gary Myers, Assistant Director, Business Services, (360) 725-3837
Keiko Namekata, Orientation and Training Center (OTC) Manager, keinamekata@dsb.wa.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Includes an outreach program.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides Assistive Technology (AT) assessments and training.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides rehabilitation services.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers vocational counseling. assists participants as they explore career possibilities, plan their career future, and gain the necessary alternative skills of blindness, academic training, and specific job skills.
  • Information and Referral
    • Refers to other agencies.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow up. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Provides independent living and vocational rehabilitation services.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers O&M training.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides literacy instruction.
  • Counseling
    • Provides counseling and guidance to families of blind children and youths.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Provides early intervention for children and families.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers four different summer programs based on age level:
    • Age 9 to 13: Summer Camp for Independent Living Skills (SCILS)

    • Age 14 to 15: Washington State School for the Blind's Youth Employment Solutions I (YES I)

    • Age 16 to High-School Graduation Youth Employment Solutions II (YES II)
    • After High-School Graduation: Bridge Program for Transition from High School to College
  • Support for Parents
    • Counsels parents.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Offers technical assistance services for a fee.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers in-service training.

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