Students in Chehalis’ VISIONS program tour state Capitol, meet with Rep. Peter Abbarno

Rep. Peter Abbarno on Thursday met students with the VISIONS program from Chehalis during their tour of the state Capitol.

The VISIONS program is designed to prepare 18 to 21-year-old students with disabilities for post-secondary education, employment, and independent living.

Students in the VISIONS program work and engage in the community, with classroom-based support, to develop successful workplace skills, attitudes, and behaviors, through facilitated opportunities.

The program helps them develop interpersonal skills such as communication and setting healthy boundaries, and community safety skills such as using public transportation and problem-solving.

“The VISIONS program is essential to students and families in Chehalis and beyond,” said Abbarno. “The opportunity for students with disabilities to learn life and independent living skills is essential to their success, and to the success of an inclusive community. I am honored to have spent time with the students and staff as they toured our state capitol and learned about how government works for all of us.”

As the ranking member on the House Capital Budget Committee, Abbarno has advocated for greater housing investments for disabled community members, voted to fully fund special education, and regularly works with local disability groups on inclusion issues.

To schedule a Capitol tour, call 360-902-8880 or email

For more information about tours of state buildings, visit the DES website:


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