Inland Northwest Lighthouse (INL)


On October 6, 1964, a joint resolution was passed by the Congress of the United States and signed by then President Lyndon B. Johnson designating October 15th of each year as National White Cane Safety Day. White Cane Safety Day is commemorated annually to highlight the importance of the white cane as a symbol of independence for people who are blind. In 2011, President Barack Obama also named October 15 as Blind Americans Equality Day.

Each year The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. commemorates National White Cane Safety Day by holding an event either in Seattle or in Spokane, Washington. This year’s event was hosted by Inland Northwest Lighthouse (INL) and took place on a chilly and rainy morning downtown Spokane. Mike Fagan, member of the Spokane City Council, Kathleen Weinand from the City of Spokane, along with Ryan Stewart and Staci Lehman from Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) joined staff and employees from INL on a guided walk downtown where participants had the opportunity to travel using vision loss simulators.

The chosen route provided staff and employees from INL the opportunity to highlight some of the progress that has taken place downtown Spokane regarding safe and accessible travel for pedestrians, while also allowing event participants to learn about some of the challenges that still remain regarding accessible travel for people who are blind and visually impaired . After the walk, event guests had the opportunity to debrief over coffee and talk about their experiences. Ryan Stewart, Senior Planner at SRTC said, “You can’t really understand what it is like to travel as a person who is blind until you actually try to do it yourself.”

The goal of this year’s White Cane Safety Day celebration was to bring city officials and planners together to raise awareness about accessibility issues for blind pedestrians along with the importance of making accessibility an important consideration when creating policies and making decisions. Thank you to everyone who participated in helping make National White Cane Safety Day a success!


Address: 6405 N. Addison Street | Spokane, WA 99208 [map]

Main: (509) 487-0405

From left to right: INL workers Rodney Christiansen, Jennifer Marshall, Maria Bradford (sitting), Ron Cook, David Guy, Karl Schaeffler, Mike Robinson

The first satellite operation of The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., the Inland Northwest Lighthouse (INL) has helped to expand job opportunities to blind people across Washington State. Hiring the first blind employee at INL in June 2008, today we employ 52 blind individuals in Spokane and plan to add more jobs in the year to come. Products currently manufactured at the INL include Quartet/SKILCRAFT co-branded wallboards, hanging file folders, spring-back binders, paper trimmers, and dry-erase easels.

INL Production workers Jeremy Stanton (left) and Mark Shively (right)The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. relies on generous community members to sustain and grow employment opportunities for blind people in the Eastern Washington area. To find out how you can help, please contact Director of Institutional Relations Kate Wiegel at (206) 436-2116 or via e-mail at

We are always looking to create new partnerships and relationships with people and organizations that will help us advance our mission of providing employment and services for those who are blind, Deaf-Blind and blind with other disabilities. If you are interested in our hiring process, or have questions about our facility, please contact our Director of Recruiting Kevin Daniel at 1-800-914-7307 or


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