Employment, Job Related

Lighthouse for the Blind Inc

  • Seattle , WA
  • http://www.seattlelighthouse.org/

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, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities.

Main Programs

  1. Employment Opportunities
  2. DeafBlind Technology Training Center
  3. Orientation and Mobility Program
  4. Annual Deaf-Blind Retreat
  5. Schools Tour Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

Washington

Puget Sound

Inland Northwest

Western United States

King, Pierce, Spokane Counties

ruling year

1921

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Kirk Adams

Keywords

Self-reported

Blind, Deaf-Blind, Disability, Employment, Training

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EIN

91-0295070

 Number

6834302398

Physical Address

2501 South Plum Street

Seattle, WA 98114

Also Known As

Seattle Lighthouse; Inland Northwest Lighthouse

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. currently employs over 450 individuals, more than 250 of whom are blind, DeafBlind, 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 DeafBlind 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 DeafBlind Retreat and DeafBlind Community Classes as well as a local school program to educate elementary school students about blindness and DeafBlindness.

Programs

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

Program 1

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.

Category

Employment

Population(s) Served

Blind and Vision Impaired

Budget

Program 2

DeafBlind Technology Training Center

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.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Blind and Vision Impaired

Budget

Program 3

Orientation and Mobility Program

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.

Category

Population(s) Served

Blind and Vision Impaired

Budget

Program 4

Annual Deaf-Blind Retreat

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.

Category

Population(s) Served

Blind and Vision Impaired

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Budget

Program 5

Schools Tour Programs

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.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Washington

Puget Sound

Inland Northwest

Western United States

King, Pierce, Spokane Counties

Funding Needs

While our major operations are self-funded through the manufacturing and sales of products, we rely on community support to fund the programs, support services, and assistive technologies we offer to the blind and Deaf-Blind communities.  Community support includes contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and service organizations. All community support of Lighthouse programs is channeled through the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind Foundation, whose sole purpose is to gather community support for fulfillment of the Seattle Lighthouse mission.

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THE LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Lighthouse for the Blind Inc

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Principal Officer

Kirk Adams

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Frederick Mendoza

Mendoza Law Center PLLC

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