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Lighthouse Central Florida - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Lighthouse Central Florida
215 East New Hampshire Street
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 898-2483 (Local)
(407) 898-0236 (Fax)

Brief Description

Since 1976, Lighthouse Central Florida (LCF) has served adults and children with low vision and blindness by providing professional rehabilitation and training programs in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties. Lighthouse is the sole non-profit provider of comprehensive vision rehabilitation services in the Central Florida area.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Thu. 7:30 AM-5:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 600
Number of staff: 60
Geographic area served: Orange, Seminole, Osceola Counties.


2500 Kunze Avenue
Orlando,, FL 32806


Dee Amundson, Director of Finance & Administration, (407) 898-2483 211,
Donna Esbensen, Vice President, CFO,
Casey Matthews, Access Technology Specialist,
Judy Matthews, MS, CVRT,, Rehabilitation Instructor,
Lee Nasehi, President, CEO,
David Ushiro, Access Technology Specialist,
Imani William, Orientation & Mobility Instructor,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Braille training provides individuals with skills in braille reading and writing. Graduates of braille instruction are able to use braille for tasks such as note taking and labeling.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Access Technology (AT) training enables individuals to efficiently utilize technology in the home, school, and workplace. Instruction offered includes: keyboarding, access software, Windows navigation, word processing, e-mail, internet, spreadsheet, and use of ancillary equipment such as note takers, printers, embossers, portable computing devices (I Phone, IPAD, IPOD) and scanners.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Independent Living Skills (ILS) training provides individuals with improved ability to perform activities of daily living with adaptations for vision impairment. Areas of instruction include: personal Management, home management, communications skills, community integration, self-advocacy, introduction to low vision, introduction to orientation and mobility, adjustment to vision impairment, recreation and leisure, information and referral, and management of secondary disability.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Ability to Market job readiness training provides participants with the ability to develop job search tools and techniques, and learn effective work habits needed to maintain employment. Job Placement services are provided to individuals who do not require intensive supports to gain or maintain employment. Participants are placed into competitive employment in an integrated setting and provided with job site evaluation, job site adaptation, and initial job coaching if needed. Follow up monitoring is provided for 90 days after placement has occurred. Supported Employment includes the provision of job placement, job coaching, and follow-along services for individuals with visual impairment and other significant disabilities that require intensive support to gain and maintain competitive employment.
  • Information and Referral
    • We provide information and referral to blindness and community resources.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Offers training in O&M skills, including walking with a white cane and crossing the street safely; daily living skills, such as preparing meals in the kitchen; computer training; and braille instruction. Offers support groups, such as the family workshop, which offers advice to families dealing with vision loss. Other programs, such as supported employment, encourage people with blindness or a visual impairment to successfully enter or return to the workforce. Early intervention services for ages 0-5 and children's after school program for ages 6-13. Transition program for ages 14-22.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Orientation and Mobility (O&M) training provides individuals with improved ability to travel safely and independently. Skills addressed include: Introduction to O&M, basic skills, orientation skills, use of a long cane, use of a support cane, use of public transportation, sighted guide, residential travel, commercial travel, and use of low vision aids for travel.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Assessments are completed for children and teens upon entry into the program and are updated annually.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Braille instruction is provided to grade schoolers and teenagers as a communication tool.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Access technology instruction is provided to grade schoolers and teenagers.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Based on evaluations and assessment of need, an individualized plan of service is developed for each child (ages 0-5), with regard to daily living skills training.

      Based on evaluations and assessment of need, an individualized plan of service is developed for each individual (grade schoolers and teenagers) with regard to daily living skills training. Students are furthermore given the opportunity to apply and develop these skills in elective classes that connect the fundamental skill lessons to fun activities such as culinary arts, music, art, and self defense.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Early Intervention services are provided to children ages birth through age six or Kindergarten. Services are provided by a Vision Services Mentor, a qualified professional who works with the child and family in the areas of cognitive, communicative, socialization, vision, compensatory, fine and gross motor skills and advocacy. Learning is structured to maximize the visual and developmental progress of each child. Children enrolled participate in sessions in a variety of settings including their home, day care, school, Lighthouse Central Florida, and neighborhood sites.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Transition services are provided to teens age 14 thru high school completion. The Transition program provides students with skills to facilitate transition from school to post-school or vocational activities. Training includes: Self-advocacy, work experience, job readiness, independent living skills, access technology, adjustment, and orientation and mobility. Transition services are included in the Lighthouse Children & Youth Program budget, but Transition services are delivered within the network of Adult Program procedures since Transition participants are VR consumers.
  • Information and Referral
    • We provide information and referral to blindness and community resources.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • O&M training is provided for grade schoolers and teenagers as needed on an individual basis. O&M specialists are available at all overnight Transition events to introduce students to their environment and practice indoor and outdoor navigation.
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