Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

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In August 2008, James (Jim) Kesteloot retired from his position as president and executive director of the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. In more than 37 years of service, Mr. Kesteloot has seen the Chicago Lighthouse grow into a multifaceted organization that today serves more than 70,000 people each year across the United States. Its facility houses a clock-making workshop, a school for children with multiple disabilities, a low vision clinic, a program for seniors, a vocational training program, and a radio station. Throughout his career, Mr. Kesteloot has shown determination to create jobs for people who are blind. Just prior to his retirement, he was working with federal legislators to strengthen existing laws that were initially passed to help people with visual impairments or have other severe disabilities obtain employment. Under Mr. Kesteloot's direction, the Chicago Lighthouse began providing low vision devices to veterans who are blind across the United States, and the organization's store at Midway Airport not only offers coffee and snacks to travelers, but jobs to people who are blind. In addition, Mr. …

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