It is with great pride that we announce the inaugural Usher Syndrome Awareness Day in Washington State, to be observed on September 16th, 2023. This achievement was spearheaded by Dalton McKittrick, a high school student, who successfully lobbied for this proclamation. Governor Inslee signed the proclamation, officially designating the third Saturday in September as Usher Syndrome Awareness Day. This significant achievement not only raises awareness of Usher Syndrome but also serves as a testament to the power of advocacy and the impact that individuals like Dalton can have on their communities.

Understanding Usher Syndrome

Imagine a world where you gradually lose not just one but two of your senses – your hearing and vision. This is the reality that individuals with Usher Syndrome face. Usher Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects both hearing and vision. Many people with Usher Syndrome identify as DeafBlind.

DeafBlindness and Employment

In the journey of living with Usher Syndrome, employment opportunities tailored to one’s unique abilities are of paramount importance.

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is one of the largest employers of people who are DeafBlind, many of whom have Usher Syndrome. We offer a supportive and inclusive work environment that accommodates individuals with disabilities, allowing them to thrive professionally. We offer employment opportunities but also fosters a sense of community and empowerment for those with Usher Syndrome. Learn about our DeafBlind program >>