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    The Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind has been helping the visually impaired since 1931. They train, employ and give hope to people who hear the word "no" far too often. (Published Friday, Sept. 16, 2016)

    The Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind has been helping the visually impaired since 1931. They train, employ and give hope to people who hear the word "no" far too often.

    Sam Jackson has heard it all.

    "'We like your resume, we like everything on it,'" Sam said. "But..."

    Jackson is blind.

    "I was 11 months old when I lost my sight to glaucoma," he said.

    He now works with a sewing machine. He started last month.

    "I've never sat at a sewing machine before this," Jackson said with a chuckle.

    His colleague, Seferina Munoz, has vision issues, too.

    "I have immature retina," she said. "I've had people say 'hi' to me with a wave and they expect for me to see that they're waving, or smiling at me, and I can't see that."

    Together they're now working on a high-end fashion line for Dallas-based designer Tish Cox.

    "When it was brought to me at first, I was skeptical myself," Cox admitted.

    Her pieces retail anywhere from $350 to $795, and thanks to a new partnership, every garment will pass through the Dallas Lighthouse.

    "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to change not only their lives, but mine too," Cox said. "Everything we produce here is done incredibly well with such pride."

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