William L. Hudson BVI Workforce Innovation Center Launched To Increase Employment, Workplace Inclusivity For People With Vision Loss

A rendering of the William L. Hudson Workforce Innovation Center shows some of the many ways in which individuals who are blind and visually impaired will find support securing employment.

“We believe that the time is right to place an unparalleled focus on creating equal opportunities for white collar, professional positions in the workplace for people who are blind or visually impaired.”- Michael Monteferrante, President/CEO, Envision

Envision announced today that it has partnered with sister agency LC Industries and launched the William L. Hudson BVI Workforce Innovation Center, its most extensive employment-centered program to date, aimed at training people who are blind or visually impaired, placing them into skilled positions and providing accessibility inclusion expertise to businesses around the United States. Mike May, considered a pioneer and leader in the accessible technology sector, has been appointed executive director.

Efforts have now begun to raise $1.5 million by December 1, 2018 to receive a $750,000 challenge grant from the Tulsa, Okla.-based J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. Funds will support the construction and ongoing operation of the new facility. Generous support of donors including LCI Foundation of Durham, N.C., and Carl and Gigi Allen of Allen Exploration, assisted Envision in qualifying for the Mabee Foundation challenge grant.

“With this initiative, we are honoring the ongoing legacy of William L. Hudson (CEO of the Durham, N.C.-based LC Industries), an icon in our industry who has been at the center of creating national employment opportunities for people with vision loss for the past 50 years,” said Michael Monteferrante, president and CEO of Envision. “Like Mr. Hudson, we…

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