At Lighthouse, our goal is simply to provide people with disabilities an opportunity to succeed. When a foundation for success is established, remarkable things are possible—and that’s what Lighthouse Louisiana offers. The products in our Visual Aids store are specifically tailored to people with disabilities, and our state-of-the-art manufacturing center creates jobs for people with disabilities. Not only that, but proceeds from the sale of the high-quality, commercially competitive products made by Lighthouse Louisiana fund the services we offer to people who are blind or visually impaired, people who are hard of hearing and Deaf, and individuals with other disabilities.

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At Lighthouse Louisiana our mission is to empower people with disabilities through services, employment, and advocacy.

Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in New Orleans creates jobs for people who are blind. Proceeds from the sales of high-quality, commercially competitive products help fund services for people who are blind, Deaf, and who have other disabilities. 

We help people get jobs, regain their independence, and challenge expectations of the capabilities of people with disabilities. Even as a century-old nonprofit, we're constantly evolving to better serve our community.

We envision a world where:

  • Everyone with a disability who wants to work can find a job
  • People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing have access to communication with everyone
  • Vision loss does not mean a loss of independence
  • People with disabilities have equal access to community spaces, public transit, and safety net services
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Partners and Programs

US AbilityOne Commission

Louisiana State University

Vision Serve

National Industries for the Blind

Louisiana Commission for the Deaf

Louisiana Rehab Services

The AbilityOne Program, established by the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act, helps nearly 50,000 people who are blind or have other severe disabilities to find employment. The program coordinates its activities with nonprofit organizations across the country to employ these individuals and provide goods and services to the federal government at fair market prices.

Lighthouse Louisiana works in cooperation and partnership with private, public and nonprofit entities. We have been an ISO 9001:2008 Certified company since 2011. ISO Certified means that an organization is meeting the needs of customers and other stakeholders while also meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to a product. Lighthouse Louisiana complies with International Standards of quality, customer service, and continued improvement.

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Board of Directors


Charlie Marts , Chair

Crescent Title, LLC

Cameron Currie, Chair Elect

Carpenter & Paterson, Inc.

Marcelle Wainer, Secretary

Drs. Worley,  Magne & Plauche

Jason Jobes, Treasurer


Molly Vigour, At Large

Canal HR

Connie Bellone, At Large

HEAL Schools


Danielle Borel

Breazaeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Patrick Browne, III

The McEnery Company

Kevin Casey

Capital One Bank

Celeste Eustis

Gabe Feldman

Tulane University

Dr. Adham al Hariri

Eyelid & Facial Consultants

Dr. Renee Horton 

Andrew Kingsley

Pastor Gregory Manning

Broadmoor Community Church

Keith McCulloch

St. Bernard Project

Laura McWhirter

Eli Lilly Company

Blair Monroe

Blue Hill Data Service

Andy St. Romain

Jones Walker

Edward F. Stauss, III

Keogh Cox

Sue Strachan


Ed Thibodeaux

Commander Technologies

Dr. Seema Walia


Rebecca Waxman

McEnery Residential Real Estate


Danielle Borel, Chair

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Michael Butler

Summit Electric Supply

John Funderburk

Kean Miller

Dr. Michael Morgan

Ochsner Hospital

Andy St. Romain

Jones Walker

Erick Schmolke

Louisiana National Bank

Edward F. "Ed" Stauss, III

Keogh, Cox & Wilson, Ltd.

Wade Stephens

Lard Oil Company

Micah Stewart

LaPorte CPAs

Erika Walter

Associated Builders and Contractors

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