Get Ready for Summer with Camp Planning

Planning summer camp for children with special needs requires a bit of extra thinking and planning. Your initial questions might feel fear-based: Will the camp be accessible enough? Will she be safe? Will they care for him?  Will the kids be nice? Is she ready? Am I ready?  Getting organized can alleviate your fears and Read More

Organize Your Child’s Medical and School Documents with a Care Notebook

A Care Notebook is an important tool for parents of children with special medical and school needs. This “notebook” might be a three-ring binder, an accordion file or a portable file box; it’s a place where you gather and organize important paperwork. You can include business cards and contacts, a call log, a calendar, emergency/crisis Read More

My story: The Benefits of Working with Agencies like the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind

Getting a job right after I graduated was a very exciting and scary experience. Luckily, I had Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) staff to help me along the way because without their help, experiencing new things would have been difficult. At first, I was nervous. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do Read More

Attention Teens: You Can Lead Your IEP Meeting

If you are a student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP), you are in charge—even if no one ever told you that! This individualized program and all that paperwork are about you: your goals, skills, interests….  As members of your IEP team, the school and your parents are offering to help you be your most Read More

Tips to Make a Well-Informed Transition into Life After High School

Tips to Make a Well-Informed Transition into Life After High School A Brief Overview Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) need to have a Transition Plan written into the IEP by the school year when they turn 16, but it’s never too soon to start talking, planning and envisioning the future. Students can stay Read More