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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Health

Mission: To provide specialized rehabilitation and collaborative healthcare solutions that enhance the independence, productivity, and dignity of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired.

Programs: Adult vision rehabilitation and training - these services are provided at the organization's facility or in homes, for blind or visually impaired individuals over the age of 21, teaching skills leading to more independence at home, school, work or in the community. Safe indoor/outdoor travel, use of computers, managing finances, personal grooming, home management, and diabetes management, plus job preparation skills and placement assistance are also provided. The organization provided direct services to 379 adults during the year ended june 30, 2015. The organization also provided follow-along services to 969 former clients through lifetime learners.

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Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services. The Lighthouse of Broward County periodically self assesses its programs and services and a team of professionals in the field observe whether certain standards are met. In general, the standards address structure (building and grounds); process ( delivery of programs and services) and outcomes. By participating in an accreditation process Lighthouse of Broward County holds itself to best practices in the field of blind and low vision services.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI)and an instructor for Florida State University's program in Visual Disabilities training new TVI's. I've worked intermittently with the Lighthouse of Broward County for the past 6 years. The staff of the Lighthouse has opened its doors to the visually impaired community in Broward County and those who also service them. They have teamed up with our school board to put on events for students and parents. They offer us space to teach college classes of future TVI's and rooms to hold meetings with parents. Special grants have been written by the Lighthouse in response to TVIs' concerns that children who need Low Vision Exams were not getting them, which allowed dozens to be seen by the in-house Low Vision Specialist Dr. Nicole Patterson. Dedicated to serving people with visual impairments, The Lighthouse of Broward has set-up another place that professionals in the field can call home. Summer and after school programs serving children, are planned in unison with teachers of the visually impaired from Broward schools, creating a smooth, successful continuation of skills for all children who attend. They strive continuously to make improvements to existing programs, to create new programs and to keep successful programs thriving. It is so nice to have an agency truly dedicated to serving people of all ages who are visually impaired based on the client's needs in all areas of their lives.

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