2012 Outcomes and Results

Results of Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2012 include:

Employment

  • One hundred forty-seven (147) customers went to work in competitive jobs with an average wage of $17.20 per hour.
  • Our total numbers served in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program this past year increased by 61 customers (1,276 in 2011 to 1,337 in 2012).
  • 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 2012:
    • Twenty-five (25) facilities combined had total sales of $9,600,000 and employed 172 people (of which 21% had a disability).
    • $440,000 had been collected as sales tax from all facilities.
    • $188,000 had been collected as payroll tax from all facilities.
    • BEP’s Healthy Vending Initiative has been working with the King County Health Department and the State Department of Health to increase the amount of healthy choices found in snack vending machines.
  • The Orientation and Training Center (OTC) served 52 customers, which included 34 full-time residential, 6 full-time commuting, and 12 part-time commuting students.

Independent Living

  • In the Independent Living (IL) 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 2012, we served 141 individuals in this category.
  • Our Independent Living Older Blind (ILOB) 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 1,341 individuals.

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

  • The DSB Youth Employment Solutions (YES) provided 18 high school students who are blind or have low vision with paid summer work experiences in a variety of job settings.
  • The Washington State School for the Blind’s Learning Independence for Today and Tomorrow (LIFTT) Program, which provides intensive training in the adaptive skills of blindness for individuals who have recently graduated from high school, served two DSB customers in the 2011-12 academic year.
  • The BRIDGE program enrolled eight high school graduates in summer courses at Eastern Washington University, where they learned how to advocate for & secure accommodations in higher education programs, experienced life in the dorm, and developed systems for navigating the college campus.
  • Our agency sponsored two youths with visual impairments to the Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment (GCDE) Youth Leadership Forum, which covered essential topics related to leadership and transition with an emphasis on empowerment, self-advocacy, teamwork, careers, and exploring choices. 

Birth to Age 13

  • We served 127 children from birth to age 13.
  • DSB sponsored a week-long day camp, Summer Camp for Independent Living Skills (SCILS), for 10 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.