About Us

The Washington Council of the Blind (WCB) is
a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting
opportunity, equality, and independence in the blind community
through education, public awareness, and advocacy.

WCB is a diverse state-wide consortium of local chapters committed to fostering lifestyles that reflect participation, productivity, independence, and dignity.

Affiliated with the American Council of the Blind (ACB), WCB is the largest organization of blind consumers in Washington State.

Meet our officers

President Denise Colley
Bio and statement to come.

First Vice President Andy Arvidson
Bio and statement to come.

Second Vice President: Jeff Bishop
Bio and statement to come.

Secretary: Frank Cuta
Frank worked most of his life as an electrical engineer. A past president of WCB, he’s served and advocated in many capacities, but says, “WCB has given me back more. Practicing the vigorous self advocacy promulgated by WCB gave me the confidence to fight my way in as the first blind person to attend space camp in Huntsville, Alabama.”

Treasurer: Debbie Cook Lewis
Debbie retired as the WATAP technical advisor and Director for the Older Blind Independent Living Program. She is nationally recognized for her expertise and leadership regarding a wide range of IT, policy development and service delivery issues.

Immediate Past President Steve Fiksdal
Co-owner of ConnectEd Institute, which facilitates personal strengths identification and development, Steve is pursuing a B.A. in leadership studies with Fort Hays State University. “WCB brings opportunity to the blind and visually impaired community. Opportunity to grow, to flourish, to advocate, to support, and to contribute. In just the past year-and-a-half I have benefited from an abundance of support and goodwill.”

Testimonials

“I’m proud to be part of a group who really encourages all of us to step out of that comfort zone a little bit, and be all that we can be.” — Jim Turri, Bellingham

“There is a lot of good work being done at all levels of this organization, and being a part… helped me to form a better understanding of the big picture.” — Zandra Brown, Olympia

Some of WCB’s accomplishments since 1990:

  • Awarding over $300,000 in college scholarships to students with visual impairment
  • Raising public awareness about employment, transportation, and other accessibility issues
  • Assisting people in crisis and advocating for individuals across the state
  • Ensuring that the Dept. of Services for the Blind remains separate and accountable to consumers
  • Ensuring that the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library gets necessary funding
  • Ensuring that the Washington State School for the Blind is funded and maintains the necessary autonomy

With no paid staff, the work of WCB is done by its membership through volunteering. As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations made to WCB are tax deductible and welcomed.

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