“Washington Sensory Disabilities Services partners with families and service providers to support children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Blind/Visually Impaired or Deaf-Blind.”
We’re here to support the developmental and learning needs of children aged birth to 21 who:
- Are deaf or hard of hearing
- Are blind or visually impaired
- Have a combined hearing loss and visual impairment
You may be a parent wondering where to start, or a birth-to-three professional looking for a family-centered curriculum for that same parent. You may be a teacher who just learned that a student with a sensory disability will join your classroom next week. Or, perhaps you’re a teacher of the visually impaired or the deaf, a speech/ language therapist, or an educational interpreter with a specific question about a learning strategy or assistive technology.
Our educational consultants can help the family or school team:
- Observe how the child is currently functioning and figure out next steps
- Develop an appropriate assessment battery
- Establish a workable communication system or improve an existing one
- Develop outcomes or goals for a child’s Individualized Family Service Plan or Individualized Education Plan
- Modify the environment to make it easier for the child to be included in family life or the general classroom curriculum
- Start planning for life after high school
WSDS is a State Needs Project funded through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Special Education.