Our History

1927

The Shreveport Association for the Blind was established on April 4, 1927, by the local chapter of the Lions Club to provide jobs and training for the blind.

1930

The Association made brooms in the morning and sold them door-to-door in the afternoon.

1935

The Association incorporated with a net worth of $300.

1938

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Wagner- O'Day Act.

1951

The Shreveport Association for the Blind began work with the Easter Basket Committee. They developed community relations with hundreds of volunteers who held weaving classes for the visually impaired and helped transport employees to and from work, which also generated funds to help the visually impaired.

1952

NIB launches SKILCRAFT, the brand name for quality consumer products made by people who are blind.

1970

The Association became Accredited with the National Accreditation Council.

1971

Senator Jacob K. Javits sponsors legislation adding the purchase of services and including agencies serving people with other severe disabilities to the original Wagner-O'Day Act. The legislation becomes known as the Javits-Wagner- O'Day Act. (JWOD)

1973

The Association joined National Industries for the Blind (NIB).

1980

The Shreveport Association for the Blind changed its name to Louisiana Association for the Blind (LAB).

1988

LAB began a cooperative program with 3M Company with the production of Peel-and-Stick Nonskid.

1995

LAB began manufacturing copy paper.

2000

LAB opened the Base Supply Center at Barksdale.

2007

Committee for Purchase changes name of program from the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Program to AbilityOne. The name and purpose of the act remain unchanged.

LAB opens the Low Vision Center (LVC). The LVC is the only total source in the Ark-La-Tex area to address the needs of our visually challenged community, including NWLA's only complete Sensory Aids Store.

2010

LAB opened the Self Service Supply Center at Fort Polk.

2011

LAB opened the Hawn Street location for manufacturing of Peel-and-Stick Nonskid.

LAB opened Ability Printing, an in-house print shop featuring a multifunction digital press and bindery.

2013

LAB opened new manufacturing facility that will house Ability Printing

LAB receives ISO 9001:2008 Certified

LAB launches GeauxOffice.com