NDEAM Employee Blog: Larue Peters

NDEAM Employee Blog: Larue Peters

NDEAM Employee Blog: Larue Peters

The More Things Change…

She pointed me toward the small office that would be my secretarial workspace for a
few weeks before we moved into the new building. Or so I thought. I did some typing,
filing, and answering the phone, but I also cleaned every square inch of the baseboards
in the office area of the new building. And so it has gone for the last 39 years as my title
and responsibilities have changed. It wasn’t articulated then, but the mission was the
same as it is now: LCI will provide meaningful employment for people who are blind. It
takes all hands on deck, but that’s what a team does.

LCI makes it even more meaningful by the way it values, supports, and rewards a very
diverse group of employees in multiple states. We have access to a high-end,
competitive benefits package, and LCI wages are also competitive with similar work in
the many states where we have a presence.

As an employee who is blind, one of the most important opportunities I have had was to
apply for and be accepted as a National Industries for the Blind Advocate for Leadership
and Employment. LCI has supported me every step of the way as I learned new skills
needed to meet with Senators, Representatives, and their staffs in Washington D.C. to
discuss the various issues that impact people who are blind, especially in the area of
employment. I’ve traveled to Washington several times for meetings, but because of
Covid-19, we didn’t go in person this year. By building relationships with members of
Congress and their staff, this year we seamlessly moved to virtual meetings with
positive results.

No job is without difficulties, frustrations, and challenges. What makes LCI different for
me is that every day I get to work with people whom I admire and respect. I’ve also had,
and still have, great mentors who nudged, and sometimes pushed, me to be more than I
ever thought possible. From secretary to Assistant Plant Manager in Tupelo, MS, the
tasks and responsibilities may be different but the calling is still the same – Step Up,
Solve Problems, Set an Example, and Drive the Mission!

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