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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)
contact@lighthousecfl.org
http://www.lighthousecfl.org

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.

Locations

2500 Kunze Avenue
Orlando,, FL 32806

Staff

Dee Amundson, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, (407) 898-2483 211, damundson@lighthousecfl.org
Catherine Bacik, Orientation & Mobility Instructor, cbacik@lighthousecfl.org
Casey Mathews, Access Technology Specialist, cmathews@lcf-fl.org
Judy Matthews, MS, CVRT,, Adult Vision Rehabilitation Supervisor, jmathews@lcf-fl.org
Lee Nasehi, President, CEO, lnasehi@lcf-fl.org
David Ushiro, Access Technology Specialist, dushiro@lcf-fl.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Lighthouse Central Florida provides individual and group instruction in the skills of learning and utilizing braille in everyday life. Graduates of braille instruction are better equipped to maintain independence personally and professionally with the ability to read and write braille. Areas of instruction may include braille for labeling, orientation, recreation, note taking or extensive reading. Learning braille can make it much easier to perform a variety of daily tasks such as taking medications, cooking, accessing telephone numbers and restaurant menus or simply taking down a quick note.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Access Technology training enables individuals who are blind or visually impaired to use computer technology in the home, school and workplace. Instruction is based on access software, which helps the user on Windows and Apple operating systems, navigation, reading & writing e-mails, browsing the Internet and learning how to use assistive devices such as refreshable Braille displays. Mobile device training is also available through Lighthouse Central Florida Access Technology classes. Applications available in some mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Android platform, offer extraordinary accessibility for persons with visual impairments and blindness. Tasks such as identifying currency denominations, color, objects and much more are available at your fingertips and instruction on how to use these applications are taught through Access Technology courses.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Independent Living Skills (ILS) training is designed for persons who lose their vision late in life, but is threaded through all of our program services. ILS training provides individuals with improved ability to perform activities of daily living with adaptations for vision impairment.
  • 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 for those with blindness and sight impairment and their families.
  • 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 those with blindness and visual impairment and their families.
  • 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.

Events

Emerging Vision Breakfast
The Blink Experience Hands-on Exploration of Vision Services

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