Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center

Hope and Empowerment for the Visually Impaired

Sarasota, FL   |  www.LighthouseEducationCenter.org

Mission

To educate and empower those affected by vision loss so they may enjoy happy, healthy and independent lives.

Ruling year info

1986

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Lisa J. Howard

Main address

7318 N Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243 USA

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EIN

59-2591136

NTEE code info

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Independent Living Program (ILP)

The Independent Living Program serves non-vocational adults who have a bilateral visual impairment and includes Adjustment to Vision Loss, Orientation & Mobility and Assistive Technology courses. The goal of the Independent Living Program is to maximize the individual's ability to live independently by providing training in the skills and resources necessary to help manage his or her activities of daily living with confidence. Specific areas of training include adaptive strategies for performing activities of daily living such as home management, reading and writing, money management, and personal management; orientation and mobility training for safe, independent travel using appropriate mobility devices and public transportation; and assistive technology training on accessible software and devices including screen readers, screen magnifiers, and accessibility features of iPads and iPhones.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Seniors
Older adults
Young adults
Social and economic status

The Lighthouse vocational services are provided to adult clients of all ages with a goal towards employment. The purpose of the Vocational Rehabilitation program is to provide services that enable persons with vision loss to reach their employment outcome. Training is based on the client's individualized plan for employment , as well as on assessments completed by Lighthouse rehab instructors. Services may include computer training using access software, orientation and mobility, independent living skills, low vision devices, Braille, and job readiness.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Unemployed people

Transition services are provided to eligible visually-impaired high school students ages 14 to 26, to facilitate their movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, independent living, community participation, and entry into the workforce. Instruction addresses the expanded core curriculum (compensatory skills including communication modes; self-advocacy; independent living skills; orientation and mobility; social interaction skills; recreation and leisure; career education; use of assistive technology; and visual efficiency skills), community integration activities, job readiness, independent living objectives, and vocational objectives.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adolescents

The Children’s Program covers services for eligible children from age
5 through age 13. The primary purpose of the program is to supplement services
offered by the school system for blind and visually impaired students. The
services provided aim to enhance each individual’s learning and ability to
function independently, and engage the individual’s parents, guardians, and family
members as important participants who can help foster independence. The program
services are delivered by university-trained Teachers of the Visually Impaired
(TVI's) and are designed to 1) Address the expanded core curriculum needs of
blind and visually-impaired students; 2) Better prepare student for
pre-employment transition services; and 3) Assist students with independent
living and social skill development to be more successful in all aspects of
their lives.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Accreditations

National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NAC) - Accreditation 2014

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) 2014

Financials

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Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center

Board of directors
as of 3/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Angela Abrams

Community Volunteer

Term: 2019 - 2022

Linda Brown

Retired Division of Blind Services Director

David Cruikshank

Retired Insurance Executive

Richard Draper

Lighthouse Client

Michelle Tarullo

Florida Blue

Arysol Soltero Niffenegger

Pediatric Ophthalmologist

Angela Abrams

Certified Ophthalmic Technician

Jay Solomon

Aviva Senior Life

Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Chelsea Spalding

Community Eye Center

Robb Olsen

Attorney

Sonia Klauber

Morgan Stanley

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/17/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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