Our Mission

Our Mission 2017-10-02T08:56:20+00:00

“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.