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Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
1850 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 666-1331 (Local)
(312) 243-8539 (Fax)
(312) 666-8874 (TDD/TTY)
http://www.chicagolighthouse.org/

Brief Description

The Chicago Lighthouse is approved as a nonpublic education facility for disabled children by State of Illinois.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:45 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 74,000
Number of staff: 200
Staff description: Positions represent a wide range of qualifications serving all aspects of agency programs and operations, including vision rehabilitation, employment services, assistive technology, adult education, development, and public relations. The staff--of which over 50% are qualified individuals with visual impairments and other disabilities--provides services to children, youth, and adults who are visually impaired, blind, deaf-blind, and blind with multiple disabilities.
Geographic area served: State of Illinois, Chicago Metro area.
Publications: Monthly E-news Low Vision Quarterly Newsletter Beam Newsletter

Staff

Jeanette Bonzani, Vice President of Human Resources, (312) 997-3690, jeanette.bonzani@chicagolighthouse.org
Debra Schlies, Vice President of Advancement, (312) 997-3681, dschlies@chicagolighthouse.org
Janet Szlyk, President & Executive Director, janet.szlyk@chicagolighthouse.org
Pamela Tully, Chief Operating Officer, pamela.tully@chicagolighthouse.org
Mary Zabelski, Sr. Vice President/ Educational Services, mary.zabelski@chicagolighthouse.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Offers pre-vocational and vocational evaluation.
  • Assistive Products
    • Distributes assistive devices including large-print, braille, and talking products for employment and personal use. Products for sale on site and online.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers activities, seminars and computer training classes for people aged 55 or over who are blind or visually impaired. The computer training classes, which cover Internet, e-mail and word processing, are held in two-hour sessions, twice a week, for four weeks. Available hours are 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon, or 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. It is not required of participants to own a computer; however, the training offers an opportunity to experience the possibilities and decide whether or not to own one.
  • Counseling
    • Offers parent counseling, psychological consultation, and limited psychological testing and evaluation. Offers individual, group, family/parent, couple counseling and placement in training. Offers job placement counseling. Refers for other counseling/social work services. Provides consultation to other agencies.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Accepts individuals with multiple disabilities including deaf-blind, developmental disabilities, and others.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides pre-vocational and vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, occupational skill development, job retention, job retraining, rehabilitation workshop, vocational placement, supported employment, follow-up service. Refers for other employment-oriented services.
  • Information and Referral
    • Information and referral specialists available to answer questions concerning devices, organizations and services for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Assists people who are blind or visually impaired to obtain government and community services. Provides consultative services to businesses.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision services to help patients maximize use of their remaining vision and adjust to psychological and social issues of living with low vision.
  • Reading Services
    • Chicagoland Radio Information Service (CRIS) provides daily readings of newspapers and periodicals including news stories, sales circulars, and classified listings for listeners who have a wide range of disabilities.
  • Recreation Services
    • Refers for recreational services.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Counseling
    • Offers parent counseling, psychological consultation, and limited psychological testing and evaluation. Offers individual, group, family/parent, couple counseling and placement in training. Offers job placement counseling. Refers for other counseling/social work services. Provides consultation to other agencies.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Offers home-based education for children birth to 3, parent counseling, psychological consultation, referrals to other agencies.
  • Education Services
    • Provides an appropriate day school training program emphasizing a functional skills curriculum that fits each individual’s age and needs.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Offers preschool program for birth to 3 and 3 to 21 year olds in multi-disabled classroom.
  • Support Groups
    • Parent groups meet twice-monthly for support, information sharing and mentoring.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/fieldwork placement in low vision, residency in ophthalmology, rehabilitation counseling, special education, social work, rehabilitation teaching, orientation and mobility. Offers in-service training programs and short-term or summer training. Programs open to enrollment from other agencies.

Events

Uncorked 2008
Braille Challenge

Ongoing Events/Programs

Development Center for Blind, Multi-Disabled Children
Birth to Three Family Intervention Program
Guide to Achieve Program
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