San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind and Vision Impaired
San Antonio Community Resource Directory
COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

The Lighthouse is San Antonio’s icon for training and educating both the blind and vision impaired, in addition to being a leader in manufacturing for the military and government agencies.

Programs/Services provides vocational and independent living rehabilitation programs to increase the independence of individuals who are blind or vision impaired, as well as those with other challenges. The Rehabilitation Center’s experienced staff has the capacity to provide a variety of training services to meet the needs of each individual, from basic life skills to advanced technical skills that will yield high level employment and full independence. Program services are provided to participants in a one-on-one or group setting and are coordinated based on the needs and interests of each individual.

(210) 533-5195 Send email
Mike Gilliam - President/CEO
(210) 531-1530
COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

The AbilityOne program has enabled the San Antonio Lighthouse to grow exponentially over the years. We now employ over 250 individuals that are blind or severely vision impaired.

Manufacturing products at the San Antonio Lighthouse provide more opportunities to employ both blind and vision impaired individuals with competitive wages and full comprehensive benefit packages.

Our production facilities manufacture a wide assortment of mechanical pencils, pens and other office supplies, while our textile department produces military apparel items as well as military helmet systems for all branches of the military. In addition, we produce many diverse items for the aerospace industry.

Johnette Lee
(210) 531-1545
COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

These services include customized, one-on-one training in assistive technology and mainstream applications, including those from Microsoft and Apple. Keyboarding classes are also offered. TETU uses typing tutorials accessible to blind and vision impaired users.

By maintaining a "state of the art" technology unit equipped with the latest computer systems, adaptive hardware and software, and popular office programs the San Antonio Lighthouse is able to provide demonstrations, evaluations and training on the following:

  • Touch Typing
  • 10-Key
  • Large Print
  • Speech Recognition
  • Note Taking Devices
  • One-Handed Keyboards
  • Hardware & Terminology
  • Operating Systems
  • Screen Readers
  • Braille Displays
  • Scanning Software
  • CCTVs (All types)

As new programs and technology evolve, they are added to our list. All services are tailored to the individual’s needs.

For information, contact Vince Boyd at 210-531-1506.

Visually impaired or totally blind.

Regarding fees for services please contact Michael Guajardo.

Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Michael Guajardo - Supevisor Send email
(210) 533-5195
COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

Choosing a career can be exciting as well as overwhelming.

The San Antonio Lighthouse offers a Career Guidance Program that includes help in the following areas:

  • Exploring occupations
  • Seeing how your interests and skills fit into jobs
  • Learning about suitable job accommodations
  • Determining your aptitudes and skill levels
  • Developing a career plan

The center specializes in making accommodations for each person’s unique needs. All materials are available in large print, Braille. Assessments are tailored to the needs of the individual and referring counselor.

Vince Boyd
(210) 531-1506
2.92 miles away, 310 Eads, San Antonio, TX, 78210 , D3
COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

The Children’s Education Program at the Lighthouse provides training to blind or visually impaired children and their families. The training focuses on providing the tools necessary to assist the children in acquiring the skills they need to gain independence and succeed in their academic training and life.

Our children’s program, located at 310 Eads Avenue, contains assistive technology equipment, educational toys, and adaptive aids to assist with this training. It includes a library equipped with large-print and Braille books, the Bertie and Selig Frank Playroom provides training specifically to infants and toddlers, and a technology room equipped with computers affixed with assistive/adaptive aids.

Ages birth to 18 years old with vision impairment or blind.

Monday - Friday: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM Evening and weekend programming also available.
Tiffany Walker - Senior Director Send email
(210) 531-1434
COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

The Emma Freeman College Scholarship Fund was established through the San Antonio Lighthouse in 1970 to afford students who are blind/legally blind the opportunity to obtain a college education.

Scholarships are awarded annually in the spring and applicable to one year or two semesters. Previous recipients must reapply each year in order to be considered for a scholarship.

To be considered, a completed application must be submitted by April 1.

Find and complete application here.

COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

Our main concern and mission at the Lighthouse are to continuously offer and provide the best services for those who are blind and visually impaired. Therefore, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have launched an official Help Phone Line for people who have questions concerning assistive technology!

Feel free to call us with your questions and concerns when it comes to Assistive Technology.

(833) 582-3271
COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

In today’s job market, finding employment can be a time consuming and sometimes frustrating process. To compete you need to market yourself successfully. Looking for a job is an infrequent activity and most people are unprepared to meet these demands.

The San Antonio Lighthouse offers job readiness training services to help individuals who are blind or vision impaired refine their job seeking skills with the following steps.

  • Completing applications
  • Preparing a resume
  • Writing cover and thank you letters
  • Searching for jobs
  • Identifying and avoiding common pitfalls encountered in a new job

Job Coaching is available to assist individuals transitioning into the workforce. Supported employment services are offered for those individuals who need additional assistance in their job search.

Vince Boyd
(210) 531-1506
COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

The School of Business is conducting seminars in lieu of their six-week program. The demand currently is for Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) approved seminars.

These seminars are offered to students to better prepare them for work or expand their marketability. With the proper equipment and training, students will be able to complete the Business and Computer Technology Program. Students requiring assistive technology to access computers will take the necessary seminar for that adaptive change to assistive equipment prior to beginning classes. Some assistive technology training requires knowledge of the keyboard prior to taking the seminar.

Students not having a GED, or high school diploma, may take the Test of Adult Basic Education, reading, spelling and comprehension. The minimum academic requirement for participants is grade level eight.

The course length varies according to the specific assistive technology needed. Training generally ranges from 3 to 30 hours of individual instruction; however, additional hours may be required for individuals with specific needs. The following are examples of the computer access and assistive technologies for which a person can be trained.

As new programs and technology evolve, they are added to our list. All services are tailored to the individual’s needs.

  • Braille Display
  • Alternative QWERTY Keyboarding
  • Introduction to Note Taking Devices
  • Scanners and Speech
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking Speech Input
  • Word for Windows
  • Excel for Windows
  • Introduction to the Internet
  • Specialized Document Formatting
  • Introduction to Outlook Express
  • Introduction to Office Machines
  • Introduction to Windows
  • Career Guidance
  • Intermediate Keyboarding
  • BAT Chord Keyboarding
  • Large Print
  • Advanced Note Taking Devices
  • Stand-alone Scanners with Speech
  • Screen Reader with Windows
  • WordPerfect for Windows
  • PowerPoint for Windows
  • Access to Windows
  • Success in the Workplace
  • Introduction to Outlook
  • Orientation to Computers
  • Windows Basics
  • Introduction to Keyboarding
  • Braille Training

Vision Impaired individuals.

Vince Boyd
(210) 531-1506
COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

The program provides high school students with special needs ages 16 to 22 years with vocational training and soft skills needed for employment. Our goal is to help students become more marketable when faced with competitive employment opportunities after graduation from the school system. The program offers hands-on simulation of various career opportunities such as housekeeping, janitorial, laundry service, food service, material handling, assembly, retail, basic bicycle repair, basic floral design, and warehouse. The program also provides interpersonal skills training, time management, keyboarding, resume building, job interviewing skills, job seeking skills and use of adaptive aides.

Program Supervisor
(210) 531-1507
COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

Our program is designed to maximize the use of any residual vision that the senior might have and provide practical adaptations to restore independence lost and maintain their accustomed quality of life.

Our services are performed by a vision specialist team and are tailored to the client’s needs. We provide a continuum of care beginning with referrals to and from medical providers working to control the progression of the underlying disease that has caused vision loss.

This may be followed with a prescription of appropriate low-vision devices and access to low-vision services to include:

  • Training in the use of low-vision adaptive aids for the senior and caregiver
  • In-home and group independent living training
  • Orientation and mobility training
  • Care coordination such as mental health counseling, support groups, and referrals to community resources
  • Follow-up care

50 years or older with vision impairment or blindness.

Monday - Friday: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Marlene Cisneros - Administrative Asst Send email
(210) 533-5194
COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

This four-week program helps high school students who are vision impaired prepare for future employment.

The following are topics covered in this program:

  • Work Ethics
  • Time management
  • Social skills
  • Communication skills
  • Grooming/Hygiene
  • Interacting with co-workers and supervisors
  • Disability Awareness
  • Hands on training at volunteer worksites

In addition, job-seeking training is conducted by San Antonio Lighthouse certified employment specialists and staff. Guest speakers present information on topics such as transportation, Social Security, college preparation and Independent Living Skills.

Vince Boyd
(210) 531-1506
COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

The majority of jobs require that an individual be able to use a computer. Through our Technology Evaluation and Training Program, people who are vision impaired are trained on the latest technology available, enabling them to participate in academic, employment and independent-living environments.

Ongoing advancements in assistive technology such as screen readers provide speech output for computer access and closed circuit televisions (CCTV’s) allowing printed materials to be enlarged, creating opportunities for the vision impaired. These individuals are able to pursue careers and live independently.

Forty percent of individuals with vision impairments who are employed are now able to use computers on the job. Through this training, blindness is no longer an obstacle in achieving career goals.

Vince Boyd
(210) 531-1506
2.92 miles away, 310 Eads Ave, San Antonio, TX, 78210 , D3
COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

The Vision Rehabilitation Center at the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired offers evaluations on low vision, distance, near magnification and driving devices. We also offer computer modification for vision impairment, orientation and mobility, and video electronic magnification services. The clinic is a partnership with UT Health Science Center.

We accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance. We offer sliding scale pricing for low income patients and cash-pay incentives.

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Or to schedule an appointment or for information, contact the Vision Rehabilitation Center at (210) 805-2500.
COVID-19 Notice

Our manufacturing center remains open as an essential business, and our facilities team has been working nonstop to ensure all of our facilities are clean and our employees are safe.

While specific job skills may facilitate in obtaining a job, effective interpersonal skills and good employee traits offer long-term job success. Training for these specific areas is provided through seminars, group discussions, special presentations and role-playing.

Topics include:

  • Time Management
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with difficult people
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Ethics in the Work Place
  • Effective Communications
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Work Place Etiquette
  • Goal Setting
  • Dress for Success
  • Self Motivation

Professional Counselors offer the support needed to overcome personal challenges. Bilingual counseling is available.

Vince Boyd
(210) 531-1506