Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind has officially changed its name to Envision Dallas, a move that formalizes its relationship with Wichita, Kansas-based Envision. The move adds the 88-year-old agency to Envision’s locations in 11 states.
Envision Dallas has now adopted Envision’s mission to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration and support for the blind and visually impaired. That includes employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education, and research. According to Envision, it’s one of the largest employers of people with visual impairments in the U.S.
Prior to the name change announcement, Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind announced in October it would be become 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.
“We are proud to expand our geographic footprint and mission into the Dallas area to meet a growing need for low vision rehabilitation, programs, services and employment,” said Michael Monteferrante, president and CEO of Envision. “We look forward to the evolution of Envision Dallas into an even more robust organization led by Executive Director David Stupay and to identifying additional opportunities to help people with vision loss nationwide.”
Stupay was named executive director last month, and he comes to the position with experience across multiple agencies in several states serving children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind was founded in 1931, but today serves 150,000 people in 11 North Texas counties who are blind or have impaired vision. The relationship with Envision, which was founded in 1933, first began in 2018.
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