Creating and Enhancing Opportunities
Each year, our top priority focuses on creating more quality jobs for people with visual disabilities. We are committed to expanding jobs, increasing opportunities for upward mobility, and promoting more choices for blind and Deaf-Blind people in our community and beyond. The AbilityOne Program is a federal initiative to help people who are blind or have other severe disabilities find employment by working for nonprofit agencies (NPAs) that sell products and/or services to the U.S. government. With a national network of 600 NPAs, AbilityOne is the largest source of employment for people who are blind or have other severe disabilities in the United States.
In 2010, we employed a total of 221 people who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with other disabilities.
Today, blind and Deaf-Blind individuals work in jobs at every level of the organization including manufacturing, machining, information technology (IT), accounting, communications, human resources (HR), administration, teaching, management, and executive team. We will continue to strive to grow jobs steadily in the years ahead throughout The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
Employees who are blind: 160
Deaf-Blind Employees: 33
Blind and Deaf-Blind Employees with a Developmental Disability: 28
Sighted Employees: 161