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New job opportunities for the blind

2 years ago November 08, 2012 Nov 8, 2012 Thursday, November 08 2012 Thursday, November 08, 2012 4:55:44 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Adrian Pittman

BATON ROUGE- There's a new business in Baton Rouge, and 75 percent of its workers are visually impaired.

Lighthouse for the Blind gives people who are blind a chance at work.

"The blind are real people and we do have a life like everyone else and all we want to do is have a chance to work within our community and be an access to everyone," said Sandra Cole.

She is a bagger at the facility, where it's capable of making 700,000 cups a day. That's about 600 million cups a year.

The cups are sold around the country and the money earned helps keep the company going and their workers employed.

"People want to be able to do good work they want to be able to contribute to society be part of the tax base and it's what we do," said Erin McQuade.

Lighthouse for the Blind also offer services to help blind people become more independent.

"They can come here to our low vision clinic and work with an occupational therapist who specializes in low vision issues one on one to figure out how to make the most of their remaining vision," said McQuade.

Sandra and her co-workers say it's much more than a cup, it's an opportunity

"I just want to be a beacon to anyone who may be thinking they so call handicapped, you're only as handicapped as you let yourself become," said Cole.

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