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Lighthouse Louisiana's Baton Rouge facility, while affected by recent flooding, is on its way to recovery and expected to be operating again within the coming weeks. The most significant loss is from damage to all the office furniture and floors. 

Operations are continuing in New Orleans and Gulfport without interruption.

Most of our Baton Rouge employees are safe and thankfully did not have flooding in their homes, but 14 employees, three with disabilities, received extensive damage in their homes. Several employees are involved in the volunteer efforts in the region.

Our greatest need is financial donations to support our cleanup efforts, replacing furniture, machinery repair and flooring repair.

Donations may be made by mail or online at For information on donating, contact Juli Pattison at 504-899-4501 x 219 or

Please direct any questions about product sales to Stephanie Benedetti, 703-475-9963,

At Lighthouse Louisiana, our goal is provide people with disabilities opportunities to succeed. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Gulfport create jobs for people who are blind. Proceeds for the sales of high-quality, commercially competitive products help fund services for people who are blind, Deaf, or who have other disabilities.

We help people get jobs and keep jobs, regain their independence, and challenge the expectations of the capabilities of people with disabilities. We're constantly evolving to better serve our community.

We envision a world where:

  • Everyone with a disability who wants to work can find a job
  • People who are Deaf or hard of hearing can communicate easily with everyone
  • Vision loss does not mean a loss of independence
  • People with disabilities have the same access to community spaces, public transit, and safety net services as people without
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Ask Roxy

Each day of living with vision loss poses its own set of challenges and raises new questions. When unexpected issues arise, bring them up to Roxy. She is a member of the Lighthouse Louisiana community and a strong advocate for people with disabilities—though she herself is Deaf and blind, Roxy teaches others how to live with disabilities and actively maintains her independence. Here, she shares her expertise with others to help them navigate the unfamiliar landscape of vision loss.

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Partners and Programs

US AbilityOne Commission

Louisiana State University

Vision Serve

National Industries for the Blind

Louisiana Commission for the Deaf

Louisiana Rehab Services

The AbilityOne Program, established by the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act, helps nearly 50,000 people who are blind or have other severe disabilities to find employment. The program coordinates its activities with nonprofit organizations across the country to employ these individuals and provide goods and services to the federal government at fair market prices.

Lighthouse Louisiana works in cooperation and partnership with private, public and nonprofit entities. We have been an ISO 9001:2008 Certified company since 2011. ISO Certified means that an organization is meeting the needs of customers and other stakeholders while also meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to a product. Lighthouse Louisiana complies with International Standards of quality, customer service, and continued improvement.

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Board of Directors


Paul Masinter, Chair

Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittmann

Brian Capitelli, Chair Elect

Capitelli & Wicker

Tabatha George, Secretary

Fisher & Phillips

Lamar Villere, Treasurer

Villere & Co.

Dr. Marie Acierno

LSU Health Sciences Center - Neuro-Ophthalmology 

Harry Ballard

The Typewritter Shop

David Beach

Whitney Bank

Quin Breland

Baker, Donelson, Bearman

Nicki Candies

McKenzie Lovelace Coco

FSC Interactive

Carli Fried

Auxiliary President, Non-Voting Member

Alex Glaser

Phelps & Dunbar

H. Elder Gwin

Whitney Bank

Dr. Eric Johnson

Urban Regeneration Advisors

Paul Jordan

Black Bag Technologies

Keith Katz

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Gordon "Gordo" Kolb

G.H.K. Developments, Inc.

Michael LeBourgeois

NGP Energy Technology Partners

Dr. Alejandro Leon

Children's Hospital

Joseph S. Mann, Jr.

Verdad Real Estate, Inc.

Pastor Gregory Manning

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Julie Nosser

Capital One

Dr. Patrick Sean O'Sullivan

Retina Specialty Institute

Susan Pereira

Iberia Bank

James Perrier

Perrier Party Rentals

James Reiss

Johnson Rice & Company

Rev. Hill Riddle

Matt Roger

Roger & Associates

W. Gaines Seaman, III

Stirling Properties

James E.A. Slaton

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC


James E.A. Slaton, Chair

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann

David Beach

Whitney Bank 

Dr. Marie Acierno

LSU Health Sciences Center - Neuro-Ophthalmology

Brent Cobb

Keogh, Cox & Wilson

Meredith Hathorn Penick

Foley & Judell

Ty Gose

Latter & Blum

Father Patrick Mascarella

Bobby Simpson

Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired

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