The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, nonprofit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to people who are blind in our community since 1918.
Our philosophy maintains that each employee is provided with the support necessary for success in the workplace. This includes an in-house sign language interpreting department to ensure effective communication for DeafBlind employees, staff mobility instructors to teach independent travel with a white cane or guide dog, and over 100 computer workstations adapted for use by individuals who are blind.
— to create and enhance opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency of people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities —
Creating and Enhancing Opportunities
The Lighthouse currently employs over 470 individuals, more than 260 of whom are blind, DeafBlind, or blind with other disabilities. Lighthouse employees have access to a wide range of career opportunities and comprehensive training programs allowing them to create products and provide services of outstanding quality for our customers.
Lighthouse employees make aerospace parts, office products, and a myriad of other machined products for customers such as The Boeing Company and the Federal Government. We also provide managed services like appointment setting, quality assurance, account reconciliation, contract close out, and other administrative services for customers like the U.S. Navy and the Defense Contract Management Agency.
In addition to providing employment opportunities, the Lighthouse offers a wide range of programs and services for employees who are blind and DeafBlind. Computer training classes, braille courses, our acclaimed DeafBlind Retreat, and DeafBlind Community Classes as well as a program to educate elementary school students about blindness are just a few of the employee and community services we offer.
At the Lighthouse, our work extends beyond producing products and providing services of outstanding quality. In the next few years, we will grow to employ over 500 people who are blind in livable wage jobs, and help lower the unemployment rate of skilled people who are blind in communities across the nation.