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Deaf-Blind Service Center

About

Only agency in Washington committed to assist individuals that are both deaf and blind reach personal autonomy and attain highest quality of life possible.

Real Life

Deaf-Blind Service Center is a non-profit organization that provides services for the Deaf-Blind individuals of Seattle and the surrounding Puget Sound area. The five main categories that we provide are: Communication Facilitators who provide information via tactile communication through the use of videophone just so that they are able to have a conversation on the telephone; Advocacy and Case Management that covers a variety of problem-solving situations such as housing, transportation, system change, interpreter rights, and employment issues; Educational Opportunities that provide classes that are tailored to the needs of DB individuals and also encourages leadership for those in teaching positions; Outreach and Public Services that provide Braille services, workshops for landlords, employers, health care providers, and others that provide resources for learning about Deaf-Blind culture and communication norms; and also Support Service Providers (SSPs), which are sighted guides and providers of visual and environmental information that enable DB people to participate more fully in society. Our goals are: increase awareness about the DB community; eliminate DB isolation through SSPs and other services; act as a model and resource for other agencies and persons interested in improving and promoting access for DB people; and also offer various tools for DB people to participate fully in society. Thank you and hope this helps you understand what DBSC is all about!