In addition to our employment opportunities, we offer a host of programs available to our employees and, in certain cases, in limited scope to the Deaf-Blind community at large. These programs include:
Seattle Lighthouse offers comprehensive braille instruction and training for beginners as well as advanced braille users. Our Braille Training Program is available to all employees as is our Braille Reading Library (BRL).
Computer Training Program (CTP)
The Seattle 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 vocational skills.
Seattle Lighthouse’s nationally renowned Deaf-Blind Program includes the following programs: DeafBlind Technology Training Center (TTC), DeafBlind Retreat, DeafBlind Community Classes, and DeafBlind Independent Living Skills Training and Education.
Orientation and Mobility Training
Orientation and Mobility (O & M) instructors assist blind and DeafBlind employees 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.
We employ full-time American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters skilled in working with DeafBlind people at our Seattle facility.
Supported Employment Program
The Lighthouse employs approximately 25 blind and DeafBlind adults 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.
Ethel L. Dupar’s Fragrant Garden
Ethel L. Dupar’s Fragrant Garden is located behind Seattle Lighthouse, and is designed specifically for people who are blind or DeafBlind, with over sixty different fragrant plants that appeal both to the sense of smell and touch.