DBSC

DEAF-BLIND SERVICE CENTER

2366 Eastlake Avenue East, Suite 206
Seattle, WA 98102


DEAF-BLIND RESOURCE LIST FOR THE NORTHWEST

(revised June, 1998)

AGENCIES WITH A FOCUS ON DEAF-BLINDNESS
DEAF-BLIND SUPPORT GROUPS
AGENCIES ACCESSIBLE TO DEAF-BLIND PEOPLE
ADVOCACY SERVICES
VOCATIONAL SERVICES
EQUIPMENT RESOURCES
FREQUENTLY USED PHONE NUMBERS


AGENCIES WITH A FOCUS ON DEAF-BLINDNESS

Deaf-Blind Service Center
2366 Eastlake Ave East, Suite 206
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 323-9178 v/tty
(206) 328-8197 fax
e-mail: Dbscseawa@aol.com
http://www.ftgnet.com/dbsc
Information and referral, Mentorship, Support Service Provider (SSP), case management, assistance accessing services, recreational activities, in-service training, and consultation for Deaf-Blind adults 16 years and above.

Deaf-Blind Program
Lighthouse, Inc.
P.O. Box C-14119
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 322-4200 voice
(206) 324-1388 tty
(206) 329-3397 fax
Education and training, independent living training, internships, employment, consultation and annual Seabeck retreat.

Independent Living Resources (ILR)
4506 SE Belmont St., Suite 100
Portland, OR 97215-1658
(503) 232-7411 voice
(503) 232-8408 tty
(503) 232-7480 fax
e-mail: ILR@teleport.com
An independent living program with adult enrichment classes and weekend retreats 2 times a year.

WA State Services for Children with Deaf-Blindness, Puget Sound ESD
400 SW 152nd Street
Seattle, WA 98178
1-800-572-7000
(206) 439-6937 v/tty
(206) 439-3961 fax
tty messages after hours: (206) 439-6966
Marcia Fankhauser, Director
e-mail:fankhauspsesd@wednet.edu
Assessment and curriculum development, consultation, workshops for parents and service providers, services for individuals 0-21 years old, newsletter for parents and friends. Family retreats twice a year.

National Technical Assistance Consortium for Children and Young Adults who are Deaf-Blind
Contact Person: Kathleen Stemel
(503) 838-8096
(503) 838-8150 fax
e-mail: NTAC@wou.edu

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults
111 Middle Neck Road
Sand Point, New York 11050
1-800-255-9411 voice
(516) 944-7302 fax
National Research and training center, support, training, and seminars for individuals and professionals throughout the country.

Helen Keller National Center
Regional Representative
2366 Eastlake Ave. East, Suite 209
Seattle, WA 98102-3366
(206) 324-1133 tty only
(206) 324-9120 v/tty
(206) 324-9159 fax
e-mail: nwhknc@juno.com
Dorothy Walt
Client advocacy and follow-up services, consulting and technical assistance to schools and agencies, information and referral, public education and awareness, in-service training and assistance in developing local services.


DEAF-BLIND SUPPORT GROUPS

Foundation Fighting Blindness
1401 Mount Royal Avenue
4th floor Baltimore, MD 21217
(301) 225-9409 tty
(301) 225-9400 voice
1-800-683-5551 tty
1-800-683-5555 voice
(410) 771-9470 fax
Web Site: http://www.blindness.org
Researching the cause, prevention and treatment of Retinitis Pigmentosa and other related retinal diseases. Local chapter has a support group and general meetings - for more information call: Gerry Purdy (206) 946-1433 voice or Pamela Weir (206) 542-7165 voice.

American Association of the Deaf-Blind
814 Thayer Avenue, 3rd floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 588-6545 v/tty
(301) 588-8705 fax
e-mail: AADB@erols.com
National consumer organization. Bi-annual conventions.

Washington State Deaf-Blind Citizens (WSDBC)
P.O. Box 2322
Seattle, WA 98111-2322
State consumer group. Voting members are Deaf-Blind and associate members are deaf, hard of hearing or hearing. General meetings are held three times a year and recreational activities planned at various times.

Metamorphosis
Contact HKNC - Dorothy Walt
(206) 324-1133 tty
A support group for English-speaking, visually/hearing impaired adults. Call for information about meeting dates and mailing list.

Parents and Friends Together for People with Deaf-Blindness
313 100th Drive SE
Everett, WA 98205
(425) 397-0715 voice
Carrie Masten - President
e-mail: cmasten(c)gte.net
Parent linkage program, bi-monthly meetings, newsletter, conferences and workshops.

National Family Association of the Deaf-Blind
111 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050
Carrie Masten - Regional Director
(425) 397-0715
e-mail: cmasten@gte.net
Advocates for all persons who are deaf-blind regardless of age and cognitive ability. Provides information, resources and referrals about deaf-blindness, assists in the development of materials and training seminars which benefits family members.


AGENCIES ACCESSIBLE TO DEAF-BLIND PEOPLE

SKIFORALL Foundation
Bellefield Office Park
Arbor Building, Suite 132
1621 114th avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98004-6905
(425) 462-0979 tty/fax
(425) 462-0978 (V)
e-mail: info@skiforall.org
Year round recreational activities for people with physical, developmental, and sensory disabilities.

Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CSCDHH)
1609 19th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 322-4996 voice
(206) 586-1234 tty IRS - (206) 322-5551 voice
IRS - (206) 586-1221 tty
(206) 568-1238 fax
e-mail: cscdhh@juno.com
Interpreter Referral Service (IRS), info, and referral, advocacy, community information resource, library, bookstore, 911 - TTY Training Project, meeting rooms available for use by Deaf/Deaf-Blind/Hard of Hearing groups.

Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted (CSBPS)
9709 3rd Avenue NE, Suite #100
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 525-5556 v/tty (slow response to tty)
1-800-458-4888 voice
(206) 525-0422 fax
e-mail: csbstore@csbps.com
Provides orientation and mobility, activities of daily living, personal and household management training, counseling, personal growth workshops, low vision services, and public education. Sells low vision aids and appliances, volunteer program, taping program, and a braille writer repair program. Kurzweil Reading machine available to trained users.


ADVOCACY SERVICES

Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Service (ADWAS)
2627 Eastlake Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 236-3134 tty 24 hour Crisis line
(206) 726-0093 tty - office line
(206) 726-0017 fax
e-mail:ADWAS@aol.com
Provides advocacy and counseling for Deaf and Deaf-Blind adults and children who have been sexually assaulted or abused, or are victims of domestic violence. Also offers: education to community (Deaf and Hearing), Positive Parenting Program, information and referral, support groups.

Washington Protection and Advocacy Service
1401 East Jefferson, Suite #506
Seattle, WA 98122
1-800-905-0209 v/tty
(206) 324-1521 voice
(206) 720-0209 tty
(206) 324-1783 fax
e-mail: WPAS@halycon.com
Legal advocacy, training and publications, information to advocates, self-advocates and communities, and system advocacy.

ARC of King County
10550 Lake City Way NE, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 364-4645 v/tty
(206) 364-8140 fax
Helps Developmentally Disabled clients receive services, advocacy, referral and crisis intervention. Independent living training for adult clients and support network for families

Client Assistance Program (CAP)
2531 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 721-5999 v/tty
(206)721-4537 fax
e-mail:CAPSEATTLE@comsys.net
Advocacy service providing info, about DVR, DSB, PWI, ILP, and also about rights and responsibilities as an applicant or participant of these agencies. Assists with communication and problem solving between the program participant and counselor.


VOCATIONAL SERVICES

Deaf-Blind Specialist
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
1700 East Cherry
Seattle, WA 98122
Lauren Caldwell
(206) 368-4657 voice
(206) 368-4658 tty
VR services to Deaf-Blind people in King County and consultation to VR counselors statewide.

Department of Services for the Blind
3411 South Alaska St.
Seattle, WA 98118
1-800-522-7103 voice
(206) 721-4056 tty
(206) 721-4422 voice
(206) 721-4103 fax
Offers VR, orientation and mobility, IL, family program, business enterprise program, and assistive technology for blind or visually impaired/ hard of hearing people statewide.

Washington Vocational Services
22316 70th Avenue West
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
(425) 774-3338 v/tty
(425) 774-1555 fax
e-mail: wvs@worldnet.att.net
Evaluates and works with disabled adults to match with employers.

Daybreak Family Homes
1515 2nd North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 285-6882 tty or
(206) 285-6952 tty
Residential facility for developmentally disabled Deaf-Blind adults.

Puget Sound Residential Services (PSRS)
806 NE Sunset Blvd., #A
Renton,WA 98056
(206) 277-6537 tty
(206) 255-3797 voice
Group home for deaf-blind and hearing developmentally disabled adults. Matches hearing and deaf staff to the needs of the client.


EQUIPMENT RESOURCES

Telecommunication Access Services (TAS)
Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Mail Stop OB-42A
Olympia, WA 98504
1-800-422-7941 tty message only
1-800-422-7930 voice message only
(360) 586-8249
(360) 586-8250 v/tty
(360) 902-0855 fax
Colleen Rozmaryn (360) 902-8001 v/tty
Distribution of telephone and signaling devices for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind people.

Hearing Speech and Deafness Center
1620 18th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-5770 v/tty
(206) 328-6871 fax
e-mail: HSDC@halycon.com
Evaluation and treatment for clients with speech, hearing and other communication disorders. Equipment store selling the latest in assistive listening devices, adaptive equipment and accessories to enhance communication. Parent and Infant Program (PIP) for Deaf or DeafBlind Children birth to 3 years old. Basic sign language classes to parents and families of Deaf or Deaf-Blind children.

The H.E.L.P. Store
(Hearing and Electronic Listening Products)
Certified Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, Inc.
846 -106th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 453-7211 V/TTY
1-800-300-3535 V/TTY
(425) 453-7249 fax
e-mail: aldstore@msn.com Repairs sales and service for TTY's, assistive listening devices (ALD), hearing aids, FM and infrared systems, notification systems (doorbell flashers, alarms, etc.)

Washington Assistive Technology Alliance Center (WATA)
University of Washington
Mailstop WJ-10
Seattle, WA 98195 (206) 685-4181 voice (206) 616 1396 V/TTY
1-800-841-8345 v/tty (206) 543-4779 fax
e-mail: uw@u.washington.edu
Federally funded statewide project to increase awareness of and access to assistive technology (AT) for people of any age with any kind of disability.

Washington Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
821 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 615-0400 voice
(206) 615-0419 tty (206)615-0437 fax e-mail: wtbbl@wtbbl.org
Provides braille, large print and talking books. Transcription available in braille or audio tape format for college textbooks, employment related materials, and consumer special interest materials not available anywhere else. A radio reading service - current news, information, entertainment. There is no cost for services.

AT&T Telecommunications Relay Service
1 -800-833-6388 tty
1 -800-833-6384 voice
1-800-833-6385 telebraille
Relay service enables people without a tty to communicate with a tty or telebraille user through an impartial third person/operator.

Community Information Line
If you cannot find a listing, call: (206) 461-3200 v/TTY or 1-800-621-INFO v/tty
Information and referral, Mon. - Fri., 9:00 AM -5:00 PM.


FREQUENTLY USED PHONE NUMBERS

AD WAS 726-0093 TTY
CSBPS 525-5556 V/TTY
CSCDHH 322-4996 V; 586-1234 TTY
---IRS--- 322-5551 V; 586-1221 TTY
DBSC 323-9178 V/TTY
DSB 721-4056 TTY; 721-4422 V
DVR (Cherry St.) 720-3228 V/TTY
HKNC 324-9120 V/TTY; 324-1133 TTY
HSDC 323-5770 V/TTY
LIGHTHOUSE 322-4200 V; 324-1388 TTY