Inland Northwest Lighthouse (INL)
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In 2011, we continued to create and enhance opportunities for people who are blind in the Spokane area at Inland Northwest Lighthouse (INL). Our employee count grew to a staff of over 50 dedicated individuals who machine aerospace parts, Quartet©/ SKILCRAFT® co-branded wallboards, dry-erase easels, hanging file folders, paper trimmers, and spring-back binders. We added two new wallboard machines to the production floor, which will increase our production capacity and help us grow our very popular product line.
Most notable among our accomplishments in 2011 was the launch of the Spokane Braille Rally, a new annual event that features a contest where sighted drivers are paired with navigators who are blind or visually impaired. We continued training employees on the latest assistive technologies such as screen-readers, screen-magnifiers, and other devices that will help them to succeed in their jobs. We also offered Orientation & Mobility (O&M) instruction to our employees, furthering our dedication and commitment to increased accessibility for everyone.