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changing lives

For members of Austin’s blind and visually impaired community, independence starts here. From access to tools and training, to employment coaching and opportunities, we strive to help provide you with the support you need.

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Training and Education Services

From computer skills, to job readiness our tuition-free classes provide services for individuals who are visually impaired, blind, or deaf-blind.
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Warehousing & Distribution

Our multiple warehousing and distribution centers are ISO 9001-2015 compliant and are staffed by more than 100 blind and visually impaired Texans who process 1,500+ orders each day.
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Manufacturing

In our ISO 9001-2015 compliant manufacturing division, we have more than eight different production lines with equipment providing adaptations and accommodations enabling blind and visually impaired individuals to produce millions of items each year.
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Low Vision Products

Visit our store to find a variety of tools, technology and products designed for blind & visually impaired individuals to help maintain and promote independence.
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Our History

Originally founded as the Travis County Association for the Blind in 1934, we’ve grown to support the needs of our local community.
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AbilityOne

Under the AbilityOne program, we employ Texans who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind to provide goods and services to our government customers.
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Our Mission

Since 1934, the Austin Lighthouse for the Blind has helped serve the needs of the blind and visually impaired individuals in Travis County through training, education, and community outreach. We work to assist people in building or restoring their independence through skills training, education, and employment opportunities.

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Impacting the Austin Community Since 1934

245+ Employees

Current visually impaired and blind employees

987 Trained

People provided with technology & vocational training

12+ Programs

Unique training and support programs

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Our Partners

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