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The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
2501 South Plum Street
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 322-4200 (Local)
(206) 329-3397 (Fax)
(206) 324-1388 (TDD/TTY)
http://www.seattlelighthouse.org

Brief Description

The Seattle Lighthouse is a private, not-for-profit agency providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, deaf-blind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support since 1918.

Hours of operation: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM (swing shift in manufacturing).
Geographic area served: Washington State

Locations

Inland Northwest Lighthouse
6405 N. Addison Street
Spokane, WA 99208

Staff

Mike May, President & CEO

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • The Computer Training Program provides instruction in assistive and mainstream technologies to employees who are blind and visually impaired at Seattle Lighthouse. Computer training instructors provide individualized training to employees who are blind and visually impaired to support opportunities for upward mobility in the workplace, increased personal independence, and increased technological literacy. Areas of concentration include keyboarding, computer programs, email, the Internet, and the technology that makes computers accessible to blind users. These include JAWS for Windows screenreading software, ZoomText screen enlargement software and Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Outlook, Excel and Internet Explorer. CTP course terms are nine weeks, and can be extended if it is determined necessary by the student and instructor. The Lighthouse encourages employees to take advantage of trainings available in the CTP, with employees able to engage in training three hours a week during paid work time. CTP courses are provided to employees free-of-charge.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in independent living skills.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers vocational evaluation, work-related counseling, competitive placement services, supported employment services, specialized support services for deaf-blind persons, including interpreting department. Provides on-the-job training, employment in manufacturing company, and prevocational training for people who are developmentally disabled.
  • Recreation Services
    • Holds a week-long retreat for deaf-blind persons in August.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/fieldwork placement in orientation and mobility, interpreter training, in-service training when requested by schools, institutions, hospitals, group homes and other facilities.
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