Founded in 1934, the Austin Lighthouse for the Blind is a service-oriented 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers education, training, advocacy and community for blind and visually-impaired individuals in Travis County and surrounding areas.
It is our mission to assist people in building or restoring their independence through skills training, education and employment opportunities that encourages them to be gainfully employed, become involved in their local community, and give voice to blind and visually-impaired Texans.
The Travis Association for the Blind, most commonly referred to as the Austin Lighthouse, has been changing the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women for more than 85 years. Read more >
We’re proud to employ a dynamic team that drives our efforts to ensure blind and visually impaired individuals can pursue the future they deserve. Get in touch >
Programs and Partners
In 1938, the Wagner O’Day Act was created to enable agencies serving people who are blind to manufacture and sell products to the Federal government. By 1971, it was amended to include people with other significant disabilities and is known today as the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act. The AbilityOne Program, established by the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act, helps nearly 50,000 people who are blind or have other severe disabilities find employment. We are partnered with AbilityOne and the National Industries for the Blind as well as other programs and partners to provide service, support, and employment opportunities to blind and visually impaired citizens in Travis county and surrounding areas.