The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

DeafBlind Retreat 2019

DeafBlind Camper Information


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Download 2019 Volunteer Application
Download 2019 Volunteer Application Letter
Age Requirements
Volunteer-Interpreter Acceptance Process
Application Deadline
Acceptance
Wait List
Floyd Pitre Scholarship Fund
Qualifications
To Get An Application
Where to Send Your Application

Important Information

The DeafBlind Retreat will be held Monday August 26 – Saturday August 31, 2019, at Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, WA. We will have an awesome week filled with community building, self-discovery, and experiencing the DeafBlind way! Our applications are emailed in early February. Please send back your application as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is March 16, 2019 (email or postmarked).

We will have an AWESOME retreat together!

Sincerely,
DeafBlind Retreat Team 2019

DO NOT BUY YOUR PLANE, TRAIN AND BUS TICKETS UNTIL YOU RECEIVE YOUR ACCEPTANCE LETTER.


AGE REQUIREMENTS

We accept sighted volunteers who are:

  • 18 years and older OR
  • 16 years and older and attending with a family or adult. The family/friend will need to meet our volunteer-interpreter qualifications and will be matched up as a volunteer-interpreter with other campers.

The Retreat is also for qualified volunteer-interpreters who aim to develop skills working with DeafBlind participants with an incredible opportunity only experienced at Seabeck.

 

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VOLUNTEER-INTERPRETER ACCEPTANCE PROCESS

We always welcome qualified volunteer-interpreters. Our volunteers need to already have ASL skills, ready to learn PTASL; basic guiding skills, as well as experience socializing with DeafBlind folks. We offer a review of sighted guide skills at the Retreat, as well as a refresher training the day before camp. If you have any questions about your qualifications or you are not sure, please contact us at DBRetreat@seattlelh.org or call (206) 452-5715. We appreciate your early application!

  • There is no official deadline for volunteers. We accept applications until we have enough. Once we receive your application we will review it and let you know if you are accepted within 3 weeks so that you can make your travel arrangements. In your acceptance package you will find all the necessary details about camp, arrival times, what to bring, information and release forms.
  • There is NO COST for volunteer interpreter/guides.
  • It may be possible to earn RID CEUs for attending trainings offered at the retreat or if you plan an independent study project related to the retreat. Contact us for more information.
  • Your employer may be willing to sponsor you to come to the Retreat. The Lighthouse is willing to write a letter on your behalf. Contact us for more information.
  • We consider your application a serious commitment to attend. Cancellations causes HUGE problems for planning process, and reduce the number of DeafBlind people who can attend.

DO NOT BUY YOUR PLANE, TRAIN AND BUS TICKETS UNTIL YOU RECEIVE YOUR ACCEPTANCE LETTER!

 

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APPLICATIONS DEADLINE

  • Please send application as soon as possible. The sooner we receive your applications, the more our preparations become efficient.
  • There are also limited one day visitor spaces.
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ACCEPTANCE

Letters stating your acceptance status will be mailed within three weeks after we receive your application.

  • Do NOT send a check or make your travel arrangements until you get your confirmation letter!
  • Letters of acceptance will include the following:
    • Transportation Request Form
    • Souvenir Information
    • Dietary Information
    • Housing
    • What to bring list
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WAIT LIST

  • If all spaces have been filled, we will put your name on the wait list until a space is available. You will be notified by email if you are accepted a few weeks after your application is processed.
  • We encourage you to apply again next year. You may also want to inquire about visiting for one day.
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FLOYD PITRE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Floyd Pitre, one of our nation’s DeafBlind leader, loved the DeafBlind Retreat at Seabeck so much that he chose it to be the place where he spent the last days of his life.

We were honored to have Floyd with us in 1994, and in loving memory of his wonderful spirit, we have established a scholarship fund in his name.

Donations that we receive for the scholarship fund will be used for financial assistance to DeafBlind to attend the Retreat.

If you would like to donate to this fund, please make your check payable to “The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.” and write “For Floyd Pitre Fund” on the bottom of the check or on a separate note. All donations will be used for Retreat Scholarships.

Thank you for your support!

 

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QUALIFICATIONS

Primary function of volunteers is to work for DB people to learn and honor DeafBlind culture and the protactile way of life.

DeafBlind Retreat is led and run by an all DeafBlind Staff team. Our volunteers are sighted people who will do SSP duties during the retreat.

These are the skills that we strongly suggest our volunteers have:

  • 3 years of experience with Protactile and DeafBlind Community
  • If you have no experience with PTASL but you have the ability to express yourself in ASL and understand others who use ASL; ready to learn Protactile American Sign Language (PTASL) and a champ attitude – we will probably accept you
  • 1 year of /work/social experience with DB people. Examples:
    • SSP with DB person at home, shopping, etc
    • SSP at WSDBC meetings
    • Interpreting
    • SSP at DeafBlind conferences or other DB Retreats across the country and internationally
    • Satisfactory completion of DB Interpreting classes
  • References from DB community (at least 2 references should be from DB people, the other reference could be from an Interpreter Training Program, DB program or agency, SSP coordinator, etc.)
  • Ability to provide sighted-guide
  • Positive, respectful attitude
  • Satisfactory completion of background check

Exceptions to these qualifications may be made by the Retreat Team.

If you feel you “almost-but-not-quite” meet these qualifications and would like to volunteer at the Retreat, please contact us and we can discuss it.

 

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TO GET AN APPLICATION:

To receive a Retreat application:

Contact us at (206) 452-5715

Email DBRetreat@seattlelh.org

 

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WHERE TO SEND YOUR APPLICATION

Email:

DBRetreat@seattlelh.org

FAX:

(206) 436-2234

Mail to:

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
Attn: The DeafBlind Retreat
2501 S. Plum Street
Seattle, WA 98144

 

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