Lighthouse Central Florida Inc.

Rating: 4.88 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 215 East New Hampshire Street Orlando FL 32804 USA

Mission: Promoting the independence and success of people living with sight impairment.
Programs:

 

·        Access Technology training enables individuals to use technology in the home, school, and workplace. Instruction offered includes: typing, access software, Windows navigation, word processing, e-mail, internet, spreadsheets, and use of devices such as note takers, printers, Braille embossers, and scanners. Individuals who complete access technology are able to use the computer and other devices to perform important daily living tasks such as paying bills, shopping, maintaining checking, savings, and investment accounts, and communicating with friends and family. The skills learned from access technology training give graduates an edge in the current competitive job market.

·        Braille training provides individuals with skills in Braille reading and writing. Graduates of Braille instruction are able to use Braille for tasks such as note taking and labeling.

·        Independent Living Skills training provides individuals with improved ability to perform activities of daily living with adaptations for vision impairment. Tasks such as pouring liquids, labeling personal and household items, note taking, dialing a phone, and cooking are able to be done with less frustration. Participants receive adjustment to blindness counseling and self-advocacy skills that empower them to interact more effectively with family, friends, employers, and the community. Graduates of Independent Living Skills training are able to live independently and safely and have less need to rely on family and friends for daily living needs. Independent Living Skills training prevents premature placement into assisted living and nursing homes. Working-age adults who complete Independent Living Skills training are able to return to gainful employment, and often discontinue disability benefits.

·        Orientation and Mobility training provides individuals with improved ability to travel safely and independently in their environment. Training is provided in the home, community, educational setting, or work place. Orientation and Mobility training includes tasks such as: helping a senior safely navigate in the area immediately outside of the home, orienting a college student to classrooms on a campus, teaching an individual how to safely cross a street, or using public transportation. Orientation and Mobility training is instrumental in preventing falls and unnecessary isolation.

·        Rehabilitation Engineering includes the recommendation, installation, modification, or customization of access technology in the home or work place. Services include: personal computer set-up in the home or work place, customization of computer access software, and troubleshooting of accessible computer systems. Rehabilitation engineering services enable a technology end-user to perform computer operations in the home and work place.

 ·        Supported Employment services are available to adults who are visually impaired and have other significant disabilities that result in the individual having difficulty gaining or maintaining employment. Individualized intensive job placement and job coaching services are provided in addition to follow-along services once the individual is able to successfully perform job tasks. Supported Employment services enable participants to gain and maintain competitive employment in an integrated setting. 

·        Hospitality Training is provided to adults who seek careers in the hospitality service

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Lighthouse Central Florida, Inc. has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC). NAC is the only accrediting body that solely focuses on standards and best practices for blind and low vision services with the consumer in mind. Lighthouse Central Florida has demonstrated that it meets or exceeds the standards set by NAC for delivery of blind and low vision services. The determination for accreditation is a rigorous process that involves self-examination by the organization, an on-site peer review to verify processes and procedures by a team of professionals serving in the field and a review of the findings by the NAC Accreditation Committee. NAC congratulates Lighthouse Central Florida on its accredited status.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am the supervisor of 2 supported employment clients. Lighthouse provided training and extensive support for these employees, and they are some of my best employees. Anytime there is an issue, the job coaches are always there to address it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Job training for the visually impaired.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgable and a joy to work with.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I was a student in a hospitality training program, which was partnered with the National Statler Center. Working with Lighthouse has been a good experience for me.They have been very supportive in my job developement. When I needed something for my job, Lighthouse came through to help me.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everybody is really nice and always willing to give a helping hand, whether it is for moral support or just helping me with finding work

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I am a student in the Hospitality Training program. The experience has been great! Anything I need, you guys are there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

is top knotch! Lighthouse has been there for evertyhing

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

more facilities, so traveling would be easiers, which then would bring more clients

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with Nikki Littmann

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get a bigger work area and more equipment to help the visually impaired

Ways to make it better...

nothing, my experience was fine

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I was former client in the transition program at the Lighthouse Central Florida. The skills I learned in the transition program that helped me become more independent and to develope a resume and interview skills. The combination of the skills has helped secure a job at Disney, and I attend classes regular at the University of Central Florida. I very thankful for the skills and training I received from the Lighthouse, in an effort to give back to the transition program I mentor on occassion at their events in the community and during their summer program at UCF.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Ms. Ginger and the transition staff at the Lighthouse truly care about your progress and want to see you succeed. They are always available good information and feedback even after you graduate the program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My son, Joe, (who is blind due to extreme prematurity) and our family have been clients off and on since 1984. This organization saved our family's life and has greatly benefitted Joe over the decades. I have had the privilege of serving as LCF's CEO for 10 years now. I am very proud of the work the LCF Team (board members, staff, volunteers, investors and donors) has accomplished; humbled by the courage of LCF clients and the generosity of our supporters; and finally, compelled by what we have left to accomplish over the next decade. This is an awesome organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

greatly expand to serve many more sight-impaired children and adults, create job opportunities for sight-impaired adults of all ages and business enterprises employing people with blindness to generate revenue for the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

When I became active as a client with Lighthose Central Florida in January 2004, I was a student in the lifeskills class. Besides learning to adjust to my visual limitations, the class was given a sense of hope and and that life does go on. Besides skills of mobility, we were also given methods to meet the challenges of regular household skills. I have continued to volunteer my time in the area of public awareness and fundraising. Since 2008, I have given my time as a teachers aide 2 days a week. My greatest joy is to see the growth in hope and the deminishment of depression in the graduates. In November 2009, I joined the Lighthouse Central Florida Board of Directors. I'm looking forward to being even more active and supportive in this organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the capable and caring staff who are patient and helpful to every client. They strive to help each client meet their greatest potential.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

My experience volunteering for the Lighthouse Central FLorida was very rewarding.The staff are definitely dedicated and great to learn from. I helped lead an adolescent group on a three day wilderness trip. That was also rewarding. The kids could not stop talking about it. I am really happy to have worked with the staff, adolescents and organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the staff are so dedicated and passionate of what they do and give.

Ways to make it better...

N/A

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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5 people found this review helpful

My ex-wife is visually impaired and was a client of Lighthouse. I met several of the staff and volunteers and instantly felt at home. Also worked part time driving students to and from class and setting up computers for veterans. Everyone associated with LCF are top-notch professionals but are also just good, down-to-people. The people that they serve are given the tools needed to live in our "sighted" world and do this all with a smile on their face!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and knowledgeable. All do their job with a smile on their face.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-5-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I was working at Bennigans when they closed there doors for good. I was told about Lighthouse Central Florida's supported employment program. I met with the staff from Supported Employment, my first job was wrapping silverware, I wasn't very fast, so I was let go. The next job I was told about was in 2004 working in a Dry Cleaners plant, sorting laudnry bags for both laundry and dry cleaning going back to the 21 stores throughout Central Florida and I also sort hangers to be reused. I love my job and my employer. Recently I was cut back to three days a week from 5 days a week.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff is outstanding in this company, they don't look at you as a disable blind person, they see your abilities and focus on your abilities. The staff can be called on at any time day or night, with any type of problem. They listen to you.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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