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Lighthouse of Houston - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Lighthouse of Houston
3602 West Dallas Avenue
Houston, TX 77019-0435
(713) 527-9561 (Local)
(713) 284-8451 (Fax)
http://www.houstonlighthouse.org

Brief Description

The Lighthouse of Houston is a private, nonprofit education and service center dedicated to assisting blind and visually impaired people to live independently. It offers a variety of educational programs, community services. and outpatient rehabilitation for people who are blind and visually impaired.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 AM-4:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 7,000
Number of staff: 140
Geographic area served: Greater Houston area and Texas.
Publications: Annual report.

Locations

Community Services Center Southwest
8640 Wednesbury Lane
Houston, TX 77074

Staff

Gibson DuTerroil, President, gduterroil@houstonlighthouse.org
Chelsea Cooper, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, (713) 284-8423, ccooper@houstonlighthouse.org
Teresa Lucas, Director Education Services, (713) 284-8445, tlucas@houstonlighthouse.org
Shelagh Moran, Vice President, COO, (713) 284-8490, smoran@houstonlighthouse.org
Irene Pabon, Certified Diabetes Educator RN, (713) 284-8474 8474, ipabon@houstonlighthouse.org
Frank Porter, Medical Director Vision Rehabilitation Service, (713) 284-8480, fporter@houstonlighthouse.org
Deborah Ramos, Community Outreach Specialist, (713) 284-8473, dramos@houstonlighthouse.org
Ian Sangree, Sr. Adaptive Technology Specialist, (713) 284-8430, isangree@houstonlighthouse.org
Chelean Zander, Vice President, Community Programs, (713) 284-8494, czander@houstonlighthouse.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Sells adaptive aids such as talking clocks, braille watches, mobility canes, and hundreds of other items. Products are available at Reflections, The Lighthouse store, by telephone, or online at www.houstonlighthouse.org. Second Sight sells refurbished or gently used adaptive equipment. Catalog available on our website houstonlighthouse.org.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides computer evaluation and training on-site, in-home and at Computer Learning Center.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management and independent living skills. Provides residential services for deaf-blind adults. Provides independent living options and skills training for those with vision loss, and 24-hour assistance and skills training for the deaf-blind and multihandicapped.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides vocational assessments and training, and employment skills development. Offers instruction in medical transcription, word processing, clerical skills, and computer programming. Educates blind and visually impaired individuals to compete for employment in areas such as medical transcription, switchboard operation, customer service, and clerical support. Offers distance training program for medical transcription.
  • In-Home Services
    • Home visitor program links individuals with volunteers to assist with reading the mail, transportation to the doctor or grocery store.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral to other resources. Offers specialized programs that combine clinical expertise with education to inform individuals about the causes of and treatment of vision loss.
  • Library Services
    • Maintains a library of descriptive and audio videos.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Maintains a full-service clinic. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers art and cooking classes, monthly tandem bike rides, field trips and other fun activities. Provides recreation groups for the elderly.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers support groups to benefit anyone in the community dealing with vision loss.
  • Transportation Services
    • Licensed Adult Day Health Care Program at two locations offer transportation M-F to enrolled clients to participate in art, exercise, cooking, and games classes and monthly fieldtrips. Registered Nurse on-site provides health screening and monitoring.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers ABE-GED, computer literacy, braille instruction, ESL.
    • Offers ABE-GED, computer literacy, braille instruction, ESL.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Offers parent-infant program.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers a Summer Work Program, a six-week program includes work opportunity, computer training, employment skills development as well as training in daily living skills.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers a wide range of recreation programs for people who are blind or visually impaired. Operates the Summer Camp, the School's Out Program, Parent-Infant Classes, and the annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt to provide opportunities for blind and visually impaired children and their families to interact and have fun while learning new skills.

      Operates an on-site fitness facility and offers swimming lessons.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Infant, youth and children’s programs provide opportunities for children and their families to interact and have fun while learning new skills. Activities include Summer Camp, the School’s Out Program, Parent-Infant meetings, the annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt, Teen Enrichment Program and Saturday recreation activities.
  • Support Groups
    • Parent Infant Program, a program for parents of blind and visually impaired children, aged 0-5. Meets quarterly. Also holds an Annual Parent Night Out event.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides comprehensive on-site and off-site consultation services.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers internships in rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, therapeutic recreation.
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