Founded in 1902, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California. The entire staff at LightHouse has long been viewed as a national leader and valuable resource within the blind and visually impaired community.
As part of their mission to promote the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision, their Media and Accessible Design Lab (MAD Lab) offers many Braille and audio transcription services. Items including the tactile design of images, maps, and interpretive exhibits; and ADA signage inspection, approval, design, and fabrication are all orchestrated from the MAD Lab.
“We have deep experience designing with the needs of the blind and visually impaired in mind, and a history of producing tactile graphics and maps to meet those needs,” says Greg Kehret, Director of the Media and Accessible Design Laboratory. “We were looking for a solution to produce durable, in-place tactile maps, graphics, and interpretive exhibits– pieces that would be aesthetically pleasing to blind and sighted visitors alike. The DCS printers have the capability to produce these, as well as ADA signage and braille/tactile plaques.”
With work featured in museums (Cooper Hewitt, DeYoung, Charles Schulz Museum, Oakland Museum of California, Victoria and Albert Museum) as well as several national parks, LightHouse uses a wide range of materials (Dibond, metal, acrylic, and paperboard) to produce tactile maps and accessible evacuation maps of museums, theme parks, zoos, universities, and transit systems.
“Many companies produce ADA signage, but few companies produce tactile maps. Our years of experience in advanced blind design and the capabilities of the DCS UV printer have allowed us to build a niche market for ourselves while serving the blind and low vision community.,” explains Kehret.
Be sure to take a look at www.lighthouse-sf.org to not only view the great print work but all that they do for the blind and visually impaired community. We are proud to call them customers of DCS.
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired // 1155 Market Street, 10th Floor // San Francisco, CA 94103 USA
415-694-7349 // email@example.com