Employee and Community Services (ECS)
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. provides a wide range of programs and services for employees who are blind, Deaf-Blind employees, as well as community members. Throughout 2012, the Lighthouse continued to expand and advance the programs and services we provide to individuals who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with developmental disabilities. Thank you to the donors and volunteers who make the continued success of these programs possible. We could not do it without your support!
In addition to our employment opportunities, we offer a host of programs to our employees and, with some projects and programs, to the blind and Deaf-Blind community at large.
The Lighthouse offers comprehensive braille instruction and training for beginners, as well as ongoing training for advanced braille users. Our Braille Training Program is available to all employees statewide.
Computer Training Program (CTP)
The Lighthouse offers distance learning training in computers and assistive technology skills. Students learn to use assistive technology in conjunction with computer programs such as the Microsoft Office suite, email, and the internet for increased upward mobility in the workplace and independent living vocational skills.
The Lighthouse’s nationally renowned Deaf-Blind Program includes the following programs: Deaf-Blind Technology Training Center (TTC), Deaf-Blind Retreat, Deaf-Blind Community Classes, and Deaf-Blind Independent Living Skills Training and Education.
Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Training
O&M instructors assist employees who are blind and Deaf-Blind in learning skills to travel independently and safely. Skills instruction includes white cane travel, bus and street route planning, electronic travel aid training, and supplemental guide dog training.
Seattle Lighthouse employs full-time American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters skilled in working with individuals who are Deaf-Blind at our Seattle facility. The Interpreting Services Department also provides spoken language interpreters, along with English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for employees.
Supported Employment Program
The Lighthouse employs adults who are blind, Deaf-Blind, or blind with developmental disabilities through our Supported Employment Program. Supported employees are assigned a job coach who provides instruction, guidance, and support to help them succeed in their positions. Supported employees perform a wide variety of jobs throughout the Seattle Lighthouse, including assembling, sorting, labeling, packing, and manufacturing items for federal customers.