photo of Kirk AdamsKirk Adams, President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind

“The Chicago Lighthouse has always been forward-thinking in its approach to accessibility for employees who are blind or visually impaired. Their IT team consists of dedicated professionals, including one blind employee who provided me assistance connecting my Braille device to the wireless network during a recent visit. It all begins with a culture of inclusion and respect for everyone’s capabilities, from senior managers through staff and program participants. The Lighthouse’s revamped website was designed with accessibility as the number-one requirement, and their dozens of employees who use either ZoomText or JAWS on a daily basis meant its accessibility testing could be done in-house. We applaud the Chicago Lighthouse for their efforts in creating a more accessible world.”

Photo of Senator Dick DurbinU.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Author of ADA Legislation

“The Chicago Lighthouse has led the way in improving accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired. This starts from within the organization, where all staff and program participants are treated with dignity and fairness. Their Accessibility Compliance Service is the latest example of The Chicago Lighthouse’s dedication to improving quality of life for patients and clients.”

Photo of Patti ChangPatti S. Gregory-Chang Esq., Consumer Advocate for People Who Are Blind

“The Chicago Lighthouse strives for accessibility in all aspects of operation. Management and staff work hard to include people who are blind and people with low vision across the board without barriers. In addition The Lighthouse is willing to build innovative partnerships with organizations of the disabled. I especially appreciate that people with disabilities and organizations of the disabled can have a voice in shaping the future of The Lighthouse.”

Portrait photo of Shana WhiteheadShana Whitehead, Chief of Business Systems for the Illinois Tollway

“The Illinois Tollway has partnered with The Chicago Lighthouse since 2012 to operate the Illinois Tollway Customer Call Center. Together, we’ve created an environment designed to accommodate all needs, including innovative work stations designed to accommodate those with both visual and mobile impairments. Making technology accessible for persons with disabilities removes barriers and has delivered hundreds of reliable, good paying jobs for members of underserved communities, people with disabilities and Veterans.”

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