The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

Jobs. Independance. Empowerment.

aka Seattle Lighthouse; Inland Northwest Lighthouse, The Lighthouse for the Blind Foundation ; The Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind   |   Seattle, WA   |  www.LHBlind.org

Mission

Our Mission: We empower people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities by creating diverse, sustainable, and meaningful employment opportunities

Ruling year info

1921

President and CEO

Cindy Watson

Main address

2501 South Plum Street

Seattle, WA 98144 USA

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EIN

91-0295070

NTEE code info

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. seeks to empower people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities by creating diverse, sustainable, and meaningful employment opportunities. The American Foundation for the Blind reports that a staggering 70% of working age people who are legally blind are unemployed, and 30% live below the poverty line. The Lighthouse provides employment, supports, and training opportunities as the primary vehicle for carrying out our mission.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Employment Opportunities

Founded in 1918, the mission of The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is to create and enhance opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency for people who are blind, Deaf-Blind, or blind with other disabilities.  We are a successful manufacturing organization that is committed to making jobs accessible to blind individuals and currently employ over 380 individuals, more than 220 of whom are visually impaired.  Our philosophy maintains that each employee be provided with whatever supports are necessary for success in the workplace.  Employment opportunities at the Seattle Lighthouse include positions in production, customer service, accounting, machine set-up and operation, computer instruction, information technology, program management, administration, departmental supervision, development, and human resources.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

Our Technology Training Center (TTC) is designed specifically to serve DeafBlind adults and meet a glaring need in the DeafBlind community: a chronic lack of access to current information and technology.  Full participation in society requires access to information and communication with others.  Information through radio, television, newspapers, libraries, and casual conversation is often inaccessible to DeafBlind individuals, leaving them isolated and marginalized in society.  Computers and assistive technology are a critical tool in the inclusion of DeafBlind people in the workplace and society.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
People with hearing impairments

Orientation and Mobility instructors assist blind and Deaf-Blind individuals 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.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

The Annual DeafBlind Retreat is part of our nationally recognized DeafBlind Program that has provided employment, services, and support to DeafBlind individuals for the past 40 years.  While everyday life presents barriers for Deaf-Blind individuals, the retreat offers a welcoming community of peers and friends who truly understand the experience of living with a dual disability.  The retreat provides DeafBlind individuals with an opportunity to learn new independent living skills, network with service providers, and establish relationships that provide peer support throughout the year.  For many, the retreat marks the beginning of a whole new life of choices and possibilities, engaged in a community that cares.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
People with hearing impairments

The objective for The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. School Tours Program has been to educate children in the fifth grade, the future leaders and employers of our community, in understanding and appreciating the capabilities of people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. Our program goal is that these children will grow into adults and make up a society that will promote independence and self-sufficiency of this vibrant community.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

The Accessibility Program exists to provide the necessary equipment, human supports, information, technology and training in the appropriate formats to meet our employees’ needs while at work.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
People with disabilities

The Lighthouse Braille Literacy Program instructor meets with students once a week, expecting intense personal study of braille from the students. This is experimental in that other programs meet more frequently with students. This model allows for less staff time, and this process will assess the ability of students to learn braille and signifigantly improve braille skills from instructor directed self-study. This aspect of braille training will be an evaluated factor also, which can easily be transferred to other braille training programs, significantly saving on staff time, participant training time, and overall program cost.

We currently do pre-, mid-, and post-term assessments. Assessments will be done with students who have completed the entire Braille Training Program and have continued using their braille skills; within 3 month, 1 year, and annually thereafter to establish the value of Braille reading and writing ability in regard to upward mobility, job duty expansion, enrollment in community education programs, and personal life satisfaction. This information will assist in evaluating the effect of braille training for Lighthouse employees which will be transferable to what can be expected outcomes in similar braille training programs.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
People with disabilities

The Computer Training Program (CTP) exists to increase and support the independence, self-sufficiency, and upward mobility of adults who are blind and low vision in the workplace through appropriate training and access to computer technology.

The course of study is highly individualized, and emphasizes computer and assistive technology tools to be used in the workplace. Class structures are primarily 1:1 instructor led, with occasional group classes.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
People with disabilities

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is the largest employer of DeafBlind people in North America. The Lighthouse hires freelance ASL interpreters to meet the needs of DeafBlind employees in the Lighthouse facilities and at Lighthouse events. All interpreters provided are qualified with specialized knowledge and experience in interpreting with DeafBlind people, and adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct (code of ethics) with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). Our Interpreting Services also contracts with qualified spoken language interpreters for employees who require a language other than spoken English.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments

The purpose of the Supported Employment Program is to empower blind or DeafBlind adults who also have a developmental or intellectual disability to become more independent in the work environment by providing training and services that help foster independence in the areas of vocational training, mobility, communication, social skills, and independent living skills.

The Supported Employment Program (SEP) provides job support and training for approximately twenty-one blind or Deaf-Blind individuals with developmental disabilities. Supported employees are usually referred by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) – Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, or the Department of Services for the Blind.

Supported employees perform a wide variety of jobs throughout the Lighthouse, including assembling, sorting, labeling, packing, and manufacturing items for federal customers. Most supported employees work from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. All employees receive at least minimum wage and qualify for benefits depending on hours worked, including paid time off (PTO), and 403(b). Each SEP employee is assigned a job coach who provides instruction, guidance, and support to help that individual succeed in his or her position.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities

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 Employees Who are Blind

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Employment Opportunities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This reflects the number of people with visual impairments that are employed at the Lighthouse.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Lighthouse for the Blind Inc. aims to create diverse, sustainable, and meaningful employment opportunities for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. We also provide critical training programs for our employees including Orientation and Mobility training, Computer and Assistive Technology training, Braille Literacy training, Interpreting Services, and an annual DeafBlind Retreat. As a result of offering quality jobs and training programs, Lighthouse employees are able to achieve greater independence both in the workplace and in their personal lives.

The Lighthouse will continue to grow through the procurement of new contracts, to provide more opportunities for employment across the country, and the continuous development of our community and employee service program to suit the needs of our employees. We will utilize our supportive community, the newest and most efficient technology and methodology, to expand opportunities for our employees— and create more opportunities in the future.

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. creates diverse, sustainable, and meaningful jobs for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities by providing quality products and offering services to the Federal Government and other businesses like The Boeing Company. This has enabled the Lighthouse to expand beyond our Seattle, Washington location. We operate two manufacturing satellite locations in Spokane, Washington, and Summerville, South Carolina. The Lighthouse also provides contract management services for the Federal Government in San Diego, California, along with operating AbilityOne Base Supply Centers on military bases in Washington, California, and Nevada. Our capabilities are best demonstrated by the fact that we employ over 265 individuals who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities in a wide variety of jobs in multiple geographic locations.

The Lighthouse for the Blind Inc. is celebrating its centennial in 2018. We began as a social organization of people who were blind and their friends and family who were concerned over education and transportation accessibility. Just after World War I, blinded veterans returning home to the Pacific Northwest joined a workshop established by a group of socially prominent women in the community. Early employees created jigsaw puzzles, and assembled brooms and baskets by hand. In 1952 the organization began its long tenured partnership with The Boeing Company in manufacturing parts for the aerospace industry. In 1972, the Lighthouse hired its first DeafBlind employee. In 1978, the Lighthouse hosted its first DeafBlind Retreat, which is a week of community building and self-discovery facilitated by DeafBlind participants and qualified volunteers and interpreters. Over the last 100 years, the Lighthouse has evolved from a small social group to a successful social enterprise. The Lighthouse

Financials

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The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jude Johnson

Katherine Beck

K M Beck Consulting

Harry Egler

InterConnection.org

Clifford Johnson

Clear Channel Outdoor

Paul Reed

Barbara Ross

Michael Swindling

Bradley Wiens

Vantage Point Advisors LLC

Jude Johnson

Bennett Prows

Mark Rowley

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 6/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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