2014 Outcomes and Results

Results of Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014 include:

Employment

  • One hundred ninety-two (192) customers (Download Adobe Reader) gained or retained competitive jobs with an average wage of $18.45 per hour.
  • Our Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program served 1,405 customers in FFY 2014.
  • The Orientation and Training Center (OTC) served 78 customers, which included:
    • Forty-three (43) full-time residential students
    • Six (6) full-time and seven (7) part-time commuting students
    • Nineteen (19) students attended the OTC's workshops
    • Seven (7) students took the distance Braille course
  • Our Business Enterprise Program (BEP) provides opportunities for our customers to operate successful food service businesses in government buildings that benefit the state and our economy as a whole. In FFY 2014:
    • Twenty-five (25) facilities combined had total sales of more than $7,056,000.
    • $495,000 had been collected as sales tax from all facilities.
    • $234,000 had been collected as payroll tax from all facilities.
    • BEP, through its blind food service operators, is raising the level of healthy choices provided to government employees in its state cafeterias as part of the Governor’s Executive Order 13-06. These cafeterias are also part of a long term study concerning healthy eating with the assistance of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington State Department of Health, the University of Washington, and the Thurston County Health Department.

Independent Living

  • In the Independent Living Part B Program, we provide services to adults who are blind or have low vision, under age 55, and do not choose employment. Some of these individuals choose an employment track after receiving our IL services. In FFY 2014, we served 128 individuals in this category.
  • Our Independent Living Older Blind program (contracted through the University of Washington and local providers), which helps older people who are blind or have low vision who don’t wish to work remain independent in their homes, served 1,467 individuals.

School-to-Work Transition (Age 14 to High School Graduation)

  • The DSB Youth Employment Solutions (YES) provided 37 high school students who are blind or have low vision with paid summer work experiences in a variety of job settings.
  • The Bridge program enrolled three (3) high school graduates in summer courses at Eastern Washington University, where they learned how to advocate for and secure accommodations in higher education programs, experienced life in the dorm, and developed systems for navigating the college campus.

Birth to Age 13

  • We served 99 children from birth to age 13.
  • DSB sponsored a week-long day camp, Summer Camp for Independent Living Skills (SCILS), for eight (8) students, ages 9 through 13, from the Puget Sound area.  The focus of this day camp was on the expanded core curriculum: independent living skills, recreation, technology and orientation and mobility.

 

For more information, contact us at 800-552-7103 or info@dsb.wa.gov.