Mission: The mission of the Lighthouse of Collier is to promote the development, implementation and on-going evaluation of programs and services which foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers.
Target demographics: As the only Center for Blindness and Vision Loss in Collier County, Lighthouse of Collier needs to help the estimated 14,000 local children and adults be independent.
Geographic areas served: Collier County
Programs: Lighthouse of Collier is the only Center for Blindness and Vision Loss in Collier County.Lighthouse of Collier is reaching out to the community for support. The need for services in Collier County is tremendous. Lighthouse of Collier needs to help the estimated 14,000 local children and adults to be independent.
Orientation and Mobility- Skills for safe independent navigation at home, work or in the community.
Daily Living skills - Skills to live independently and safely at home. Learn tactile medication labeling, cooking, money identification, grooming. How to use check/signature guides, talking watches, using a phone, safety tips and much more.
Assistive Technology - Use of assistive technology from large print displays and Braille, to accessing Email and Internet with talking PCs.
Children’s Programs (all ages) - Monthly children's events and summer camp are opportunities to learn. Activities include: day trips, picnics in the park, large print cards/ board games, and meeting/ making new friends. Learn about and play with: magnifiers, CCTV’s, talking computers and State of the Art computer equipment.
Transition Program (ages 14 – 22) - Provide training skills in daily living, self advocacy, communication, assistive technology, job seeking, orientation and mobility and more.
Coping with Vision Loss
and much more......
Collier County is over 2,000 square miles in size with approximately 300,000 residents. Until the Lighthouse of Collier was formed, blind or visually impaired residents had drive to a neighboring county for assistance. The Lighthouse of Collier has brought these services home. In addition to their adult programs, the Lighthouse of Collier is focusing on providing services for children. As a volunteer, the children's program activities are some of my favorites; the annual Summer Camp is always a blast!!