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Adaptive Strategies

The third focus of our training is adaptive strategies for completing daily tasks. Clients learn to draw on new resources for such things as cooking, doing laundry, and cleaning. Clients also learn how to use “Communication Facilitators” (CF) to access telecommunications services for the Deaf, as well as skills for working with “Support Service Providers” (SSP). Both of these services are provided by the DeafBlind Service Center, however, many DeafBlind people do not understand the role of the CF and the SSP, and often develop unnecessary dependence on these support strategies. Given adequate training, DeafBlind people can rely less on SSP services, which are expensive and in short supply. Instead, they will learn to conduct their daily business autonomously, by developing and strengthening their sense of touch.

Orientation and Mobility
We offer Orientation & Mobility training to ensure safe travel, which includes training in how to use public transportation. These services are provided in collaboration with the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind. Students also attend regular community activities as a part of their leadership and self advocacy training.