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Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
1825 K Street, NW
Suite 1103
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 454-6400 (Local)
(202) 955-6401 (Fax)
info@clb.org
http://www.clb.org

Brief Description

Since 1900, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) has been dedicated to helping the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington region overcome the challenges of vision loss.

CLB provides programs and services to people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired, regardless of ability to pay.

Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Clients served on average per year: 2,000
Number of staff: 90
Geographic area served: Greater Washington, DC Region
Publications: Monthly E-Newsletters and marketing materials

Locations

8720 Georgia Avenue
Suite 1011
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Staff

Jocelyn Hunter, Director of Communications, (202) 454-6422, jhunter@clb.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Distributes assistive technology software, screen magnification software, CCTVs, scanning and voice recognition solutions, portable notetakers, braille displays and translations, and tactile imaging.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Education series offered for schools, churches, civic groups and corporations.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers parent and family support groups, individual, group, family/parent, couple counseling.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in adaptive skills, independent living skills, braille, and keyboarding. Older Adult Program offers mini-rehabilitation programs, support, recreational, and social activities.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers pre-vocational evaluation, occupational skill development, vocational training, job retention, job retraining, vocational placement. Refers for other employment services. Assistive Technology classes include keyboarding, screen magnifiers and readers, portable notetakers, braille displays, scanners, CCTVs and software training.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Provides training in the use of adaptive equipment.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers parent and family support groups.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Recreation Services
    • Hosts a variety of activities designed to provide children with visual impairment the opportunity to interact with their peers and celebrate special occasions. Activities include the Beeping Egg Hunt, Pet-A-Pet Picnic and holiday celebration.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers summer enrichment opportunities for children who are blind and visually impaired. These programs include Camp Lighthouse, a day camp for children between the ages of 6 and 12 and summer activities for teenagers, ages 13-18.

      In partnership with the DC Regional Library for the Blind, CLB offers a Braille Book Club, one the first Saturday of every month, for children in the 1st – 6th grades. CLB also sponsors events to promote children’s literacy, including the Braille Rallye in the summer and the Reading Rally in the fall. These events encourage children to improve their braille and computer literacy skills in fun and creative ways.

      Offers a weekly group for teenagers with low vision or blindness in Prince George’s County, Maryland. This opportunity allows teenagers to discuss issues and concerns, improve social skills and develop better ways of communicating. Students in the group share a meal, volunteer at local agencies, work on special projects and spend time interacting with their peers.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers a weekly group for teenagers with low vision or blindness in Prince George’s County, Maryland. This opportunity allows teenagers to discuss issues and concerns, improve social skills and develop better ways of communicating. Students in the group share a meal, volunteer at local agencies, work on special projects and spend time interacting with their peers.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides assessments, evaluations, installation, customization, support, and training on a wide variety of assistive technology.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers internships and student teaching in orientation and mobility, rehabilitation, and counseling.

Events

Pre-Employment Transition Services
Camp Lighthouse

Job Postings

1/1/2017 Opportunities- Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

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