NEEDED: CoNavigator who can communicate with Hard of Hearing Blind with little to no signing
The CN serves as the eyes and ears of the person who is DeafBlind.
DBSC recruits a CN to assist with food shopping, basic banking, mail reading, errands, exercise for health purposes, and providing rides to the airport.
Are you motivated to provide access to individuals with a variety of hearing and vision loss and signing skills?
Do you have some skills or interested to learn how to give visual environmental descriptions and guiding techniques?
Do you have some free time and want to earn some extra income?
If you answer yes to the above, WE NEED YOU!!
DeafBlind Service Center (DBSC) is searching for a potential candidate to work as a sub-contracted CN in the following areas:
North Seattle West Seattle south Seattle Marysville Mount Vernon Bellingham
Training will be provided. Preferred to have a car and provide auto insurance with Personal Injury Protection coverage included and be able to pass a background check.
DBSC is currently looking for a Full -Time Client Advocate. Please read below:
Position/Title: Client Advocate
Location: DBSC, 1620 18th Avenue, Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98122
Immediate Supervisor: Executive Director
Effective Date: Until Filled
Position: Full Time
Position Summary Description:
Provide and promote DBSC Statewide Case Management, Outreach, and Advocacy Services with assistance to DeafBlind clients in Washington State statewide.
Employment at DBSC is an “at-will” relationship. DBSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Position Duties & Responsibilities:
- Provide client assistance and advocacy in dealing with public and private agencies through peer counseling and the development and implementation of an action plan to remove communication and/or independent living barriers.
- Develop and implement an action plan to train government agencies, human service organizations, and other appropriate entities on communication access, legal responsibilities, and the cultural and linguistic needs of the DeafBlind.
- Assist in developing and maintaining cooperative relationships with governmental agencies, community organizations, and other agencies by providing resources for clients.
- Develop and implement an action plan to familiarize or train Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people concerning government, legal, community, cultural, as well as communication and self-advocacy issues.
- Maintain appropriate and confidential case files, records, and statistical data on all client contact and counseling in accordance with the policies and procedures of DBSC.
- Work as a team member of DBSC and the community to improve and enrich the lives of DeafBlind in the communities served.
- Prepare monthly reports on services provided.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook, Power Point, and Excel
- Telephone, TTY, Videophone
- General office equipment, such as printer, copier, fax machine
- Preferred fluent in ASL and good computer skills required.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher; experience in deafness, education, public speaking, counseling and/or related fields.
- Knowledge of Deaf Blind Culture and legal rights of DeafBlind.
- Minimum of two years’ experience in case management.
- Proficient in written English and the ability to collect and monitor data.
- Ability to work positively with community members and fellow staff.
- Individual should be self-directed, flexible, highly organized, able to prioritize, and exercise a high degree of independent judgment and confidentiality.
- Willingness to travel is essential as well as work evening and weekend hours as needed. Driver’s license, accessible vehicle and valid Washington auto insurance preferred.
(e.g., usual office conditions)
- Professional office environment, typically Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with flexibility for working evening and weekend hours as needed.
- Submit resume
- Include three references, one of which must be work-related.
- Prepare a cover letter that specifically addresses how you are suited to undertake the main tasks and possess the qualifications outlined in these job details.
- Please send your cover letter and resume to:
Angela Theriault Executive Director, DBSC, 1620 18th Avenue Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98122
Communication Facilitators (CF)
The DeafBlind Service Center is looking for persons who are available to work as a subcontractor during the week during daytime hours. It can be as little as a few hours per week. We have available work in Greater Seattle, Yakima, and Spokane areas. The position is called a Communication Facilitator (CF). The CF’s responsibility is to copy sign language from a videophone (VP) screen of a person using sign language to the DeafBlind client using tactile or close vision sign language. The CF also provides visual & environmental information and uses ProTactile techniques for the DeafBlind client. In this way, the DeafBlind client is able to communicate via CF when making video phone calls.
If you are interested in becoming a CF or would like more information, please contact Jackie Engler-Morris at .
Support Service Providers (SSPs)
Support Service Providers (SSPs) assist DeafBlind individual(s) by providing visual/environmental information so they can have their basic needs met. These include; food shopping, basic banking, material reading, running errands, and/or providing rides to the airport.
– Have the desire to be in a supporting role by assisting those with vision and hearing loss by providing visual/environmental information?
– Possess American Sign Language (ASL) skills or are currently learning ASL? (We might accept some individuals with no ASL skills to work with clients who use spoken language.)
– Have some free time and want to earn some extra income?
If you answered yes to the above, WE NEED YOU!
The DeafBlind Service Center (DBSC) is searching for motivated candidates to work part-time as sub-contractors with our DeafBlind clients in the following areas:
– Thurston County (Olympia)
– Pierce County (greater Tacoma area)
– South King County (Renton, Kent, Federal Way)
Training will be provided. You must be able to pass a background check and have a Washington state business license. You must also have a vehicle.
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Elaine Sweeney at .
Feel free to pass this info to others who might be interested.
Do you know sign language? Are you a friend of the Deaf or DeafBlind community? Want to get involved, further develop your sign language skills, or learn more about DeafBlind culture? We are always looking for people to volunteer or work as sub-contractors.
- CF: If you are a native signer and are interested in becoming a paid CF service provider, please contact CF Program Coordinator, Jackie Engler-Morris.
- SSP If you know sign language, have experience with the DeafBlind community, and are interested in becoming a paid SSP sub-contractor, please contact SSP Program Coordinator, Elaine Sweeney, at: .
*All sub-contractors must complete a background check and training before they are eligible to provide services.