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In 1931, Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind was founded by Eva Cameron, a woman who was visually impaired who devoted her life to encouraging and training those who were experiencing similar challenges and barriers to leading fulfilling, productive lives.

1930s

The organization began its job training initiatives with a hand loom and a few sewing machines. People with visual impairments were taught skills such as chair caning, sewing, mat making and constructing mops and brooms.

1940s

During World War II, the organization started to make pillow cases and mop heads for the federal government and took on sorting and hand assembly jobs for local defense industry contractors. A post-war affiliation with National industries for the Blind (NIB) in 1945 helped to re-establish contracts with the federal government and develop new contracts with the U.S. military. Vinyl products embossed with each of the U.S. military branches and eyeglass cases were added to the product list during this period. This relationship with NIB is still strong today.

1950s

A diversification of products in this era led to door-to-door sales of a variety of household items by people who were blind or visually impaired. During that decade, the Hexter Memorial Lighthouse that served African Americans who were blind or low vision became part of Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind.

1960s-1970s

An on-site program for seniors was established to help individuals who had lost their vision late in life to remain independent and in their homes. This program was the first of its kind in the state of Texas.

1980

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The organization’s current location was built.

1990s

An assistive technology lab was launched to provide training for adults with vision loss on computers and other electronic devices so they could succeed in work and school environments and be connected to their communities.

In later years, product offerings changed and expanded into vinyl award binders and paper certificate holders embossed with the seals each of the U.S. military branches. Other products included a vast array of textile garments and accessories, permanent and dry erase markers, highlighters and eyeglass cases.

2017

Bold Sales Solutions was acquired to add professional job opportunities in the contact center and diversify revenue streams. Bold is a 35-seat customer contact center that assists clients with meeting their business goals by providing remote receptionists, order takers, help desk and support personnel, lead generation, appointment setting, inside and outside sales, in-bound and out-bound contact and event registration.

2018

Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind became Envision Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind. The move into the Envision Inc. family currently allows for an expansion of services and employment for people with visual impairments.

2019

Envision Dallas, then known as Envision Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, is announced as the new home for the American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss and Esther's Place, a specially designed model apartment that helps individuals who are blind or low vision learn to live more independently. 

2020

Envision Dallas is announced as the new name for Envision Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind to formalize its move into the Envision family. 

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Envision Dallas

4306 Capitol Ave Dallas, TX 75204

(214) 821-2375