Lighthouse of Broward County, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 650 North Andrews Avenue Ft. Lauderdale FL 33311 USA

Mission: To enhance the independence, productivity and quality of life of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. In recent years we have focused entirely on providing a continuum of training and rehabilitation to blind or visually impaired babies, children, working age adults and seniors. We believe (our vision is) that people who are blind or visually impaired can participate fully (to their fullest capacity) in their families, school, work and community. Founded in 1973, Lighthouse of Broward is a full-service agency providing educational and rehabilitation services, social support and recreational activities to people who are blind or visually impaired. As a result, individuals return to fuller lives in their family, community, school or work.

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

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.

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: 5 stars  

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.

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

the lives of the students with visual impairments whom I serve through Broward Schools classes held at the lighthouse where future TVI's are given a place to learn skills that will benefit students they encounter in the field upon graduation children whose families could not afford quality low vision exams and the resulting prescriptive devices, obtained exactly that, at no cost to them. These devices were then taught and put to use in classrooms all over the county.

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

Find ways to make continuing education classes more convenient for employees serving children to further carry out the Lighthouse of Broward's vision of high standards of services.

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

What is unique about this organization?

Leadership that truly supports providing the best services possible to all clients even reaching across service lines to assist school boards and other educational systems.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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