Attention Students: Lead your own IEP meetings and take charge of your future

A Brief Overview By the time you are 16 years old, the school is required to invite you to your IEP meetings. You can attend any time, and leading your own meeting is a great way to learn important skills. If you need more help at school or aren’t learning what you need to learn, Read More

ABLE: An Account to Overcome the SSI Resource Limit for Adults with Disabilities

Living with a disability can be difficult and costly. Adults who receive benefits from the Social Security Administration because of disability often are challenged to improve their life circumstances because of a $2,000 resource limit. This limit means that a person receiving payments from Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) 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

Self-Advocacy: Becoming an Active Member in Your Community

If you have ever stood up and defended the rights of yourself or others you were acting as an advocate. Self-advocacy means taking the responsibility for telling others what you need and want in a respectful and direct way.   Anyone can be a self-advocate and while speaking up for you or someone else can make you feel Read More