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About The Chicago Lighthouse
The Chicago Lighthouse is a world-renowned social service organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veteran communities with comprehensive vision care and support services. We offer 39 unique programs and services that help our clients optimize remaining vision, meet developmental and educational milestones, find employment and lead more independent lives.
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Donors play a critical role in our community of care. Through the support of generous donors just like you, we served 67,000 individuals in 2015. Help us continue to improve the quality of life for patients, clients and their families by making a donation online today!
This winter, we are highlighting our First Jobs Program, a unique vocational program that combines classroom learning, on-site orientation and paid work experience for students who are blind or visually impaired ages 15-24. For the first week, students attend morning classes on resume writing, career planning, disability disclosure, nonverbal communication skills, self-advocacy, conflict resolution and mock interviewing. Students spend afternoons orienting to and exploring job sites. For the next eight weeks, students work at their designated sites for 20 hours each week as paid intern employees, with the possibility for competitive employment.