About Us

Travis Association for the Blind

Also known as Travis Association for the Blind, Austin Lighthouse 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.

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Our History

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.

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Our Team

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.

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.

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Get in Touch

If you would like to learn more about Austin Lighthouse, or for press inquiries, please complete this form or give us a call 512-442-2329.


Yvonne Guzman

Working at the Austin Lighthouse off and on since 2008, it has had a huge effect on me as a person. I currently work here as a trainer since 2018. I’ve met great friends, and I’ve learned a lot about myself.

Tom Sherman

Without your help, Census would not have been the number one Federal Agency as far as being prepared for Covid. We have the model that other agencies followed. The cherry on top is that you are so good and easy to work with. Thank you!