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Louisiana Association for the Blind has been shining a light for people with visual impairments through training, services and employment since 1927. Founded by the Lions Club as Shreveport Association for the Blind, L.A.B. has evolved from its original operation – training and employing the blind to make and sell brooms – to a multidimensional powerhouse for those with visual impairments.

Today, L.A.B. offers vision evaluations, children’s programs, independent living skills instruction, job training and employment placement through our Community Services division.

An affiliate of National Industries for the Blind, L.A.B. participates in the AbilityOne Program, a federal initiative to help people who are blind or have other severe disabilities find employment with nonprofit agencies that sell products and/or services to the United States government.

We are committed to reducing the 70 percent employment rate for those with visual impairments. Clients are trained in marketable skills and matched with appropriate employers, allowing them to find satisfying work that leads to greater independence. L.A.B. also offers direct employment at our print shop, laser design and die division, copy paper division, and base supply stores at Barksdale Air Force Base and Fort Polk Army Base.  

Income from these enterprises is invested back into L.A.B.’s programs and services, creating a circle of support for our clients.

Reach out today for more information about L.A.B. at 318-698-2300 or

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