THE MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED INC
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November 19, 2012
My 92 year old mother developed Age Related Macular Degeneration on both eyes about 10 years ago. As with so many diseases of the eye, unfortunately there is no cure. We went to the Miami Lighthouse to see their Low vision specialist, Rosemary Gonzalez. Rosemary was very sweet and patient and explained to us that the visual aids we already had were the best we could hope for at the time. She did not try to sell us anything more and the exam was completely free. She did refer us to Nelba Gonzalez who heads Social Group Activities. SGA is a free service that allows adults and elderly clients develop and/or reacquaint themselves with their artistic skills. Mom, who loved to paint and work on ceramics, was thrilled. I then became a volunteer and donor. I have partnered with coworkers to help stuff around 2000 audio newsletter that go out twice a year. I have also volunteered at fund raising events.
I have visited the facilities unannounced on multiple occasions and have always been impressed by the compassion shown to the clients, the orderliness and professionalism exhibited by the staff and have always felt my assistance appreciated and recognized. I love helping them and plan to continue to do so as long as I can.
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