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NEW PORT RICHIE, Florida. Scott Wilson is blind but has light perception.

“That’s why I wear sunglasses because the light gets in the way of my eyes,” he said.

But he still manages to work in that warehouse, lifting boxes and processing supply orders that go to government offices across Florida.

“It becomes more difficult when there are a lot of boxes or clutter around. You must use your cane and feel around. Pretty much when you know where you are, it moves forward,” Wilson said.

This warehouse is part of the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind in New Port Richey.

It generates income for the organization, but is also a training ground.

“There is a huge unemployment rate for people who are visually impaired or blind, so we really try to give them skills that they can use and let employers know they are quite capable of doing tasks every day and make sure they get those skills. . the jobs they need,” said Lighthouse CEO Stephanie Pontlitz.

Marlies Newhouse also works at the warehouse.

“I have had macular degeneration for most of my life,” Newhouse said.

She uses this magnifying glass to read order forms.

“This is how many trash bags we should have. So, I’ll give Scott the number and he’ll come down and feel the braille, and then I’ll tell him how much we need,” she said.

“They can do almost anything until you ask them to drive. It does so much for their self-esteem. Yes, it’s great for their wallet because now they can pay rent and don’t have to live at home. But see them light up. They really want to work,” Pontlitz said.

Scott not only works, but also teaches this to others.

He said there are many opportunities to work from home if the blind learn to use technology.

“They are incredible employees. Hardworking. Loyal. I couldn’t ask for a better staff,” Pontlitz said.