“Washington Sensory Disabilities Services (WSDS) partners with districts and families to support students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low vision, or deafblind.”

We’re here to support the developmental and learning needs of children aged birth to 21 who are:

  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Blind or low vision
  • DeafBlind (combined hearing loss and visual impairment)

You may be a parent wondering where to start, or a birth-to-three professional looking for a family-centered curriculum for that same parent. You may be a teacher who just learned that a student with a sensory disability will join your classroom next week. Or, perhaps you’re a teacher of the visually impaired or the deaf, a speech/ language therapist, or an educational interpreter with a specific question about a learning strategy or assistive technology.

Our educational consultants can help the family or school team:

  • Observe how the child is currently functioning and figure out next steps
  • Develop an appropriate assessment battery
  • Establish a workable communication system or improve an existing one
  • Develop outcomes or goals for a child’s Individualized Family Service Plan or Individualized Education Plan
  • Modify the environment to make it easier for the child to be included in family life or the general classroom curriculum
  • Start planning for life after high school