The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit 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 blind people in our community since 1918.
Our philosophy maintains that each employee be provided with whatever supports are necessary for success in the workplace. Supports include 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 dog guide, and over 100 computer workstations adapted for use by visually impaired individuals.
— 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 for the Blind, Inc. currently employs over 400 individuals, more than 250 of whom are blind, DeafBlind, or blind with other disabilities. In addition to offering employment opportunities, the Lighthouse provides a wide range of programs and services for visually impaired employees and blind people in the larger community. These include vocational computer training programs for blind adults and one-on-one computer classes for DeafBlind people.
We are a successful manufacturing organization that is committed to making jobs accessible to blind individuals. Our manufacturing operations center on making quality products for the federal government and various aerospace manufacturers.
We also have outreach and educational programs for the community at large, including our nationally acclaimed DeafBlind Retreat and DeafBlind Community Classes as well as a local school program to educate elementary school students about blindness and deafblindness.