Outreach Access Services
Statewide Services Reimagined
The Washington State School for the Blind Outreach Department is pleased to announce a significant expansion of statewide services in the 2023-24 school year. As our field grows in both size and scope, we recognize the need for diverse support that can be accessed by educators of students with blindness and low vision. This program is available to all educators throughout the state, and the services are free of charge.
The mission of Outreach Access Services is to provide statewide support for all who educate learners with blindness and low vision ages birth to 21, to help provide quality resources and to increase access to equitable services in Washington.
What we do:
- Teacher-to-teacher collaboration
- Professional development
- Mentorship & grant program
- Access technology & STEM
- Student formal assessment in unserved areas
Need a hand in any of these areas? Outreach Access Services Request Form
New! Open hours for vision professionals
Every Monday from 2:00-4:00 pm, February 12th-June 10th. This is an opportunity to anyone to hop on Zoom to ask questions, help problem solve, or just feel the love.
Kathryn Kier will be hosting these open hours. She brings extensive experience and knowledge as a Teacher of Blind and Low Vision Learners and an O&M Specialist. Her insightful nature and knack for articulating the most difficult topics in our field has made her a mentor to many across the state. We hope you’ll find it valuable and fun to connect. See you there!
The OAS team is made up of 9 educators with many decades of combined experience in educating students with blindness and low vision. They hold certifications in various specialties, including Teaching Students with Blindness and Low Vision (TSVI), Orientation and Mobility (O&M), and Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialists (CATIS). In addition, several teachers hold degrees and certifications in multiple areas across birth-21 special education.
Our field is extraordinarily broad in scope, with even experienced teachers finding it difficult to gain and maintain expertise in all areas of instruction and curriculum. The OAS team has specialized knowledge across the gamut of content areas. We’re thrilled to work with you to help make your students successful. Request teacher-to-teacher collaboration
We’re here to empower teachers. Find OAS teachers providing the latest insights and knowledge at events across the state.
Mentorship & grant program
Looking to join the amazing world of teaching students with blindness and low vision? Are you new to the field and would like some support? The OAS Mentor Program will help you get to where you want to be. We offer direct support, resources, and even grant funding. Visit the Mentorship & Grant Program web page and join the program that has launched the careers of over 40 new Washington TSVIs since 2017.
Access Technology & STEM
Technology is a vast realm that evolves at extraordinary speeds. We can help you navigate the ever-changing possibilities by providing consultation, support, and professional development. Have a concern or need resources? Visit the OAS Access Technolgy & Stem web page or complete an Assistance Request form.
Student formal assessment in unserved districts
The current demand for educators of students with blindness and low vision is extraordinary. Despite strong efforts to bring new teachers in the field, open positions can lie vacant. In these situations, maintaining student assessment schedules is vital. We’re here to help your district document student need by providing formal assessment services for vision and orientation and mobility free of charge. Request assistance for a formal assessment