In 2012, The Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired became the administrator of iCanConnect for Illinois, providing modern distance equipment at no cost to people with significant hearing and vision loss who meet income guidelines.
“We at The Chicago Lighthouse Deaf-Blind Program are grateful to provide individuals telecommunication equipment through the iCanConnect program,” says Joann Rushing, Director of Deaf-Blind Program. “It’s very rewarding to see how the lives of people who are deaf-blind break through the isolation barriers.”
About The Chicago Lighthouse
The Chicago Lighthouse, whose credo is “Because there is still hope,” was founded in 1906, and is one of the nation’s most comprehensive social service agencies. Housed under its roof are the oldest and most prominent vision care and rehabilitation program in the U.S.; a nationally acclaimed school for children with multi-disabilities; a world class employment services program; one of the few remaining clock manufacturing facilities in America; a VA program serving veterans in all 50 states; and a radio station.
In November of 2013, we unveiled a state-of-the-art Customer Service Call Center on the UIC campus. This groundbreaking initiative, which has more than doubled the size of our existing staff, represents a true milestone for The Lighthouse. It has enabled us to bring in a critical new revenue stream to help fund our programs and offers over 200 new job opportunities for people who are blind, visually impaired, multi-disabled and Veterans.