WSSB PRESENTS “TALK O TUESDAYS” FAMILY RESOURCE NIGHT
For parents of children aged birth to 5 with blindness or low vision
SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH IN 2021 from 6 TO 7 PM
The Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB) is hosting a virtual early childhood parent resource night every month in 2021. Our goal is to provide information about resources around the state and beyond to enhance your parenting experiences. Additionally, we hope that parents of young children will connect with each other through these resource nights.
Our schedule is:
Tuesday, January 12th
What’s out there?: Statewide Resource Panel
Tuesday, February 9th
Parents as Teachers: Intro to Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC)
Tuesday, March 9th
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: Multi-Sensory Literacy Ideas
Our first virtual meeting will be on Tuesday January 12th and will showcase 4 statewide agencies that work with blind and low vision individuals both young and old. Find out how to utilize their services now and in the future.
Washington Sensory Disabilities Services (WSDS)
Washington Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL)
Northwest Association of Blind Athlete (NWABA)
Department of Service for the Blind (DSB)
Please register in order to receive the secure Zoom link via email.
Today is white cane awareness day! Let’s celebrate independence and empowerment for blind and low vision individuals! Attached is a Proclamation from Governor Inslee proclaiming today is White Cane Awareness Day!
Being at a distance doesn’t prevent us from being a community. For many of our students, families, staff, and volunteers, WSSB’s campus is a hub for building meaningful relationships that support our success as a community of learners. While we’re away from campus, our students will connect to their classrooms live using Zoom video, access materials and collaborate using Google Classroom, and use technology as a tool for bridging the physical gap. Just like in-person, it is important to balance time sitting in class with authentic learning activities that allow students to get hands-on, move their bodies, and develop skills towards greater independence.
This summer, WSSB worked hard on creating a strategic plan that will support our students in their future. Some of the outcomes of our strategic planning include:
Core Purpose: To empower blind and low vision individuals to reach their full potential.
In all of our work this school year, online or in-person, WSSB strives to create experiences for students that will assist them in their individual path of success. No matter the distance, we are committed to our mission and values. I am so very proud to stand behind our values and grateful to have the opportunity to serve as WSSB’s Principal.
I hope all of you have a fantastic start of the school year.
The USDA provides a number of resources, in both English and Spanish, to raise awareness in your community.
USDA Summer Meals Hotline at 1-866-348-6479. Families will receive assistance to find the location, meal times, and contact information for summer meals based on their full address, city, and/or zip code.
USDA Summer meals finder at www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks. This website is easy for families to use as they can access summer meals locations by entering their zip code.
Overnight Skills Program (Independent Living Skills Ages 9-13
Youth Employment Solutions/Yes 1 (ages 14-15) includes career exploration, community service, daily living skills, and recreation. CANCELED
YES 2 (ages 16 through high school graduation) teaches design a career portfolio, daily living skills/residential living, community service, recreation, 3-5 job shadows, public transportation, paid opportunity.
Bridge Program (after high school graduation): Prepares for college, living in a dorm room, study/social skill, independence skills, orientation & mobility lessons, recreation, 5 credit university course.
Student Work and Academic Growth (SWAG) (ages college undergraduate) Work Study Program: Work part time, practice independent living skills, take college courses.