Lighthouse Works, an Orlando-based organization that provides competitive job opportunities for individuals who are blind or visually impaired (BVI), recently accepted its fourth Employment Achievement Award in as many months. Lighthouse Works was recognized at the annual National Industries for the Blind (NIB) Training Conference and Expo for the third year in a row.
The recognition comes amid a milestone year for Lighthouse. Since the beginning of 2022, the organization has hired 245 individuals and most recently celebrated becoming a workforce of more than 500 strong across Florida and 11 other states.
“Bringing home another plaque from NIB is truly an honor,” said Kyle Johnson, President, and CEO at Lighthouse Works. “It’s a reminder of the hard work and dedication that our team members display every day while also demonstrating that a person’s unique disabilities do not hinder their ability to perform good work.”
Two Lighthouse Works employees were nominated for individual awards and had the opportunity to attend the conference, which was held in Northern Virginia, along with Lighthouse’s executive leadership team.
The organization, which provides rehabilitation services to Central Floridians living with blindness or vision impairment (BVI), launched its end-of-year fundraising campaign on November 15 and is 89% of the way to reaching its goal. Lighthouse Central Florida is the only private nonprofit organization in the area that can help mitigate costs by providing vision-specific rehabilitation to BVI residents of Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties.
Funds raised will benefit vision-impaired Central Floridians like Simon, who was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Aniridia and Nystagmus when he was just a couple of weeks old. The family was introduced to Lighthouse when Simon was 10 months old. They were assigned an Early Intervention Mentor who worked with Simon and helped him reach all his milestones while encouraging independence. The 8-year-old now advocates for himself and confidently explains his blindness to others.
In this season of giving, Lighthouse clients hope the community rallies behind the mission of providing crucial, no-fee services that allow people of all ages to continue living a life beyond the restrictions of vision loss.
About Lighthouse Works
Lighthouse Works is a mission-driven social enterprise that has been providing quality solutions to businesses and government agencies since 2011. Lighthouse Works’ solutions allow its business partners to scale resources, manage costs, and meet deadlines while also making a positive community impact by supporting the full independence and self-sustainability of those living beyond the restrictions of vision loss. From supply chain management to contact center services and digital accessibility solutions, Lighthouse works has become a reliable and trusted partner in supplying consistent and world-class results. To learn more about Lighthouse Works and its business solutions, visit www.LighthouseWorks.org.
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