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LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/22/2013: LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND INC

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AKA  Seattle Lighthouse; Inland Northwest Lighthouse
Seattle , WA
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LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/22/2013: LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND INC

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Also Known As: Seattle Lighthouse; Inland Northwest Lighthouse
Physical Address: Seattle , WA 98114 
EIN: 91-0295070
Web URL: www.seattlelighthouse.org/ 
Blog URL: www.seattlelighthouse.org/blog 
NTEE Category: J Employment, Job Related
P Human Services
P20 Human Service Organizations
J Employment, Job Related
Ruling Year: 1921 


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Mission Statement

The mission of The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is to create and enhance opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency of people who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with other disabilities.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, October 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: October 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: September 30, 2013

Total Revenue $52,250,678
Total Expenses $46,566,642

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Leadership (GuideStar Exchange,
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Kirk Adams

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Since Jan 2008

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Programs

Program: Employment Opportunities (GuideStar Exchange,
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Employment
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired

Program Description:

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.

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Program: Deaf-Blind Technology Training Center (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Community Development
Population Served:
Deaf and Hearing Impaired
Blind and Vision Impaired

Program Description:

Our Technology Training Center (TTC) is designed specifically to serve Deaf-Blind adults and meet a glaring need in the Deaf-Blind 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 Deaf-Blind individuals, leaving them isolated and marginalized in society.  Computers and assistive technology are a critical tool in the inclusion of Deaf-Blind people in the workplace and society.

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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.

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Program: Annual Deaf-Blind Retreat (GuideStar Exchange,
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Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Program Description:

The Annual Deaf-Blind Retreat is part of our nationally recognized Deaf-Blind Program that has provided employment, services, and support to Deaf-Blind individuals for the past 30 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 Deaf-Blind people 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.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. currently employs nearly 400 individuals, more than 220 of whom are blind, Deaf-Blind, or blind with other disabilities. In addition to offering employment opportunities, the Lighthouse provides a wide range of programs and services for visually impaired employees and blind people in the larger community. These include vocational computer training programs for blind adults and one-on-one computer classes for Deaf-Blind people. We are a successful manufacturing organization that is committed to making jobs accessible to blind individuals. Our manufacturing operations center on making quality products for the federal government and various aerospace manufacturers. We also have outreach and educational programs for the community at large, including our nationally acclaimed Deaf-Blind Retreat and Deaf-Blind Community Classes as well as a local school program to educate elementary school students about blindness and Deaf-Blindness.
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