Lighthouse Central Florida Inc. Overview
· 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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