Short Courses

Washington State School for the Blind is proud to offer our Short-Courses in specific areas of need for blind and low vision students.

  • Short courses are offered at no charge for Washington State students and focus on the important Expanded Core Curriculum designed for blind and low vision students.
  • Short course students arrive late Sunday and depart at noon on Friday. Students will stay on campus with WSSB students in our supervised cottages with meals supplied on/off-campus depending on events.
  • Roundtrip transportation by WSSB via charter bus along I-5 corridor or airline flight to Portland International Airport with transport to/from our campus.
  • Courses will include mandatory recreation, emphasis on self-determination and self-advocacy, self-management, as well as a focus on transition after high school.
  • In addition, Short-Courses will include a dedicated portion of the day for students to work on the classwork they miss while attending the program.

Who is eligible:

Middle and high school students who are at or near grade level. Students will receive instruction from a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. Students can participate in up to 2 courses per school year.

2021-22 School Year Short Courses

Dates Course Name
10/10 - 10/15 Mobility and White Cane week
10/31 - 11/5 Cooking and Living Independently
12/5 - 12/10 Tech Skills using Windows and JAWS (session 1)
1/23 - 1/28 Tech Skills using Windows and JAWS (session 2)
2/13 - 2/18 Cooking and Living Independently 
3/13 - 3/18 Learning and Living with Low Vision 
4/17 - 4/22 Career and College Readiness
5/15 - 5/20 Real Skills for Middle School - organizational and social skills.  Students will also have an opportunity to explore what life is like as a WSSB student.

Coming Soon: Online Music Braille for Students: levels 1 and 2

  • Music braille instruction will be provided over an eight-week session through asynchronous and live (synchronous) instruction scheduled around each participant's availability.  
  • Cost: Free  

Registration Form for On Campus Short Course Programs


If you have any questions please email me at:

Wayne Oshiro

WSSB Irwin Education Building