Washington Deaf-Blind Project

Many people think “Helen Keller” when they see the words “deaf-blind.” But most the students who qualify for services with our deaf-blind project may have partial vision and some hearing, only a few are deaf and blind.  We know that any degree of hearing loss (deafness) and vision impairment, when combined, create unique learning challenges for children.

We can support your team by:

WSDS/Deaf-Blind Project staff will partner with your team to address specific challenges you are experiencing with a child or young adult who is deaf-blind. Our staff understand the uniqueness of deaf-blindness and the profound impact that a combined vision and hearing loss can have on all areas of development.

Services support children and youth, birth to 21 years:

  • Technical assistance via phone or email consultation
  • Onsite consultation
  • Online and onsite trainings
  • Classroom visit to observe how the child is currently functioning and meet with the team to determine next steps
  • Conduct an evaluation in specific areas (e.g. communication, vision)
  • 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 (IFSP) or Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Modify the environment to make it easier for the child to be included in family life or the general classroom curriculum
  • Transition services
  • Start planning for life after high school

For information contact:

Katie Humes, Director
katie.humes@wssb.wa.gov
360-947-3295