The Dallas Lighthouse currently offers more than 150 manufacturing jobs in its Industrial, Sewing and Fulfillment Centers and the majority of employees filling those positions are visually impaired. The Industrial & Sewing Centers, a 50,000-square-foot plant and warehouse, produce items for a wide variety of military, federal, state, and commercial customers. Since nearly 70 percent of local visually impaired individuals are either not gainfully employed or have very limited work experience, an extensive training program and a non-traditional approach is required before a client may become employed in the Manufacturing Centers.
Lighthouse supervisors are highly qualified with the background and experience to motivate and assist clients in learning job-readiness skills. Each client undergoes a detailed assessment of work skills and visual ability. The supervisors match the client's level of vision with the correct manufacturing requirements and equipment. Individuals are always cross-trained in at least three skill sets which increases advancement opportunities.
The jobs at the Dallas Lighthouse are considered 'competitive employment'. As a result of our training, the skills acquired would be easily transferable into outside industry using the same equipment and techniques.
Training also includes problem solving, time management, work ethics, conflict resolution, and productivity. Daily living skills and effective work practices (including safety and speed) are included in the training.
Our guiding principle is the belief that with the proper knowledge, training, experience and motivation, individuals who are visually impaired can competitively perform in a manufacturing position and retain long-term gainful employment.
For more information please contact:
David Chinn, Senior Director of Supply Chain