LCI Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

LCI Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

This October marked the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an opportunity LCI leveraged to demonstrate the impact our mission has on the people and communities we serve across the country.  In addition to multiple articles shared by our employees about their experiences at LCI, we also invited the media to tour our national headquarters in Durham, North Carolina.

October 21st, 2020. Media Day from 10 am - 11 am. Celebrate the 75th Observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month at LCI, one of the largest employers of Americans who are blind and low vision..

LCI President Jeffrey Hawting led reporters from two television stations on a tour of the manufacturing facility in Durham, sharing the history of how we got started, our commitment to the Ability One program, and the employment goals we have for people of all abilities.

Media day at LCI. Jeffrey Hawting talking to two television reporters.

You can the story Spectrum News aired about their visit to LCI here. Both Jeffrey Hawting and Terry Lewis were featured and did a terrific job sharing the impact LCI makes.


Then, LCI became the broadcaster as we produced our own livestream program from the manufacturing floor.  We partnered with Walk West and professional host Valonda Calloway to showcase LCI, the Base Supply Center program and Ablr (formerly LCI Tech), the newest venture that focuses on digital accessibility for all.

Behind the Scenes of LCI Live

Image of Jeffrey Hawting behind the scenes of LCI Live

Image of Jeffrey Hawting being interviewed by Valonda Calloway

Community Support

We are so grateful for the support of our community leaders who presented proclamations recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  Durham Mayor Steve Schewell and Raleigh Mayor Mary Ann Baldwin both presented these proclamations.

Image with proclamations from the Cities of Durham and Raleigh

In addition, Kim Herrington Acting Principal Director of Defense Pricing and Contracting at the Department of Defense presented a special memorandum to employees who support the Ability One program.  We are proud to be an integral part of Ability One and the people we serve.

We are so grateful to all our employees who are the reason we come to work each and every day.  Together, we all can reach our highest potential.








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