San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind

aka SAN ANTONIO LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND & VISUALLY IMPAIRED   |   San Antonio, TX   |  https://www.salighthouse.org

Mission

The mission of the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SALBVI) is to empower the blind & visually impaired. A range of services are available for all ages and throughout their lifetime, and encompass education, job opportunities, and rehabilitation services at no cost to program participants.

Notes from the nonprofit

While the products and manufacturing jobs may have changed over time, the San Antonio Lighthouse mission of empowering the blind and visually impaired has remained steadfast. Over the years the Lighthouse has added many new programs/services to support the over 50,000 blind/visually impaired of San Antonio. These programs provide services from birth on upwards to include support groups of family members of people who are blind.

Ruling year info

1946

President and CEO

Ms. Cynthia Watson

Main address

2305 Roosevelt Ave

San Antonio, TX 78210 USA

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EIN

74-1339051

NTEE code info

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Employment Opportunities, Job Readiness and Job Placement

There is a 70% unemployment rate for people who are blind or visually impaired (BVI). SALBVI offers employment opportunities of various types, with the desire of creating career pathways for BVI. Our blind staffed manufacturing industries, base service centers, and office product supplies provide opportunities at every level. In addition, we offer assessment and job placement with external agencies. We provide job readiness skills and training in the use of assistive software and devices.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with vision impairments

For someone with a disability, the primary goal is to be able to live independently. We offer a variety of training and skills development aimed at empowering the blind and visually impaired to live independently and self-sufficiently. Services available are training in Independent Living Skills such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, money management, and other necessary life skills; provision and use of adaptive aids and/or assistive device training as needed; and Orientation and Mobility (O&M), which allows persons who are blind and visually impaired to safely travel and move about, and determine where they are even though they have no visual cues. White cane training is included.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
People with vision impairments

Accessibility is defined as the quality of being easy to use, obtainable, and also easily understood and appreciated. Our accessibility services target the blind and visually impaired, and also their caregivers and/or families, professionals who work with BVI, businesses, and the community at large. Services comprise digital accessibility training and device support, Blindness Sensitivity trainings, and community advocacy. Just a few of our accessibility projects are working with VIA to create scan codes for bus routes/times to be spoken using a cell phone; assisting HEB and Right Hear with a pilot project to make finding items in the grocery store easier; and working with a local school district to provide an inclusive six-week computer coding class using Code Jumper technology by Microsoft in elementary schools.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
People with vision impairments

Education supports include Braille training, STEM classes specifically for blind and visually impaired youth, software coding using Code Jumper technology, Assistive Technology, early childhood development, the Little Lighthouse Learners Playroom for safe play and exploration, the Assistive Technology, Tactile Learning and Braille Lending Library, after school clubs, summer camps, special family events like the Beeping Easter Egg Hunt, and provision of the Emma Freeman Scholarship for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults
Caregivers
People with vision impairments

Health and Wellness encourages a holistic approach to health, including prevention of chronic disease and the preservation of any remaining vision. Services encompass Low Vision Clubs to promote socialization; Diabetes Self-Management Education specifically geared toward those who are blind and visually impaired and unable to read strips and meters; exercise and nutrition classes (English and Spanish) to promote safe exercise, cooking tips, recipes, and healthy lifestyle modifications for those with low or no vision; mental health counseling, if needed; and Low Vision Clinic exams.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Health
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of older adults being supported to live at home through home care, assistive technology, and/or personal support plans

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people provided assistive technology

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children with disabilities receiving early intervention services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Financials

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San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind

Board of directors
as of 12/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marco Aldaz

Retired--Chief of Staff Joint Information Operations Warfare Center

Term: 2015 - 2023

Susan Crumrine

Civic Volunteer

John Garcia

NextGen Marketing

Dr. Anthony Johnson

U.S. Army

J.O. McFalls

McFalls Associates

Dr. Mark Niederauer

Electrochemical Oxygen Concepts, Inc.

Lea Ream

Davidson, Troilo, Ream & Garza

James Rhodes

Wells Fargo Advisors

Diane Warren

Bounceology

James Wheeler

District 2-A2 Lions Sight Research Foundation

Bruce Hooper

Spalding Sports Worldwide (Ret.)

Judy Hooper

Teacher (Ret.)

Paula Miles, P.E.

Principal, PE Miles Group

Dr. Pat Sculley

Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Gail Walden

STVHCS-Audie Murphy Division, Research

Sabrina Calloway

Valero

Julie Eversole

Community Volunteer

Heather Hanson

BioMedSA

Monica Hayes

Consultant-Process Management

Edward Johnson

VIA Metro Transit Authority

Laura Mason

Clark Hill Strasburger

Natalie Watkins

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/29/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability