Downloadable Documents

Download the most recent Directory of Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired from the Instructional Resource Center at WSSB.

Assignment of Persons Providing Instruction of Braille to Students: Frequently Asked Questions & Answers (Word document)

For Pacific Northwest AER Conference: “Bridging the Gap” (March 2008)

Handouts for Nancy Hatfield & Diane McCutchen’s session: “But I Don’t Know How to Work With Babies”

  1. RCW 28A.155.065.pdf
    (text of the law requiring school districts to participate in Part C birth-to-three services in September 2009)
  2. Basic Premises EI VI.doc
  3. Caregiving Routines.doc
  4. RolesFunctionsTVI EI.doc

OSPI Special Education Resource Library

New! Locate services that support the educational needs of children and youths who are blind or visually impaired. The OSPI online Special Education Resource Library now posts a list of programs and support services for students who are blind or visually impaired. This list and description of services targets school-aged children and can be found under: Topics A to Z (“B” – Blindness/Visual Impairment).

Etext and Audio Resources

If you would like more information, download a comprehensive list of Etext and Audio Resources.

What is Bookshare? A free online library of accessible books! Through an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare offers free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students. Bookshare

Washington State Listserv for Blindness/Visual Impairment Topics

Washington State School for the Blind maintains a free email listserv called “EVE” (“Everyone for Blindness/Visual Education”) for professionals to share information, ask questions, and discuss concerns.  To subscribe, go to the EVE website, scroll down to the lower frame in the site, find the “Subscribe or Unsubscribe” link under the word “Options,” and follow the directions.

OR, send an email to and in the body of the message type:  Subscribe EVE.

You will receive a confirmation email from the listserv. Be sure to respond with “OK” in the body of the message, removing all other text, to confirm your subscription.

Special Program:  Instructional Resource Center (IRC)

Contact the IRC, located at Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, to register students with visual impairment who need adapted equipment and materials.

For more information, visit IRC online or contact
Jennifer Fenton at 360-947-3340

State Agencies and Programs

Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB)
2120 E. 13th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661

WSSB’s website has links to short video clips on topics such as:
Buttoning, Zipping, Matching Clothes, Room Familiarization, Learning to Pour, Sighted Guide Techniques, Guide for Parents, and more.

Go to their website and look in the right hand column for:
*Video Clips of the Month*

Department of Services for the Blind (DSB)
(800) 552-7103
(206) 906-5530 (Janet George)

Washington Talking Book & Braille Library
Contact Kathryn Pierce, Youth Services Librarian