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Lighthouse of Manasota - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Lighthouse of Manasota
7318 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-1404 (Local)
(941) 359-2373 (Fax)
info@lighthouseofmanasota.org
http://lighthouseofmanasota.org/

Brief Description

The Lighthouse of Manasota was established in 1987 by a group of concerned citizens in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 425
Number of staff: 16
Staff description: Vision Rehabilitation Therapists Orientation & Mobility Specialists ACVREP Certified or Certifiable Assistive Technology Instructors
Geographic area served: Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Charlotte, and Highlands Counties.
Publications: Brochures and Annual Report

Staff

Judy Boylan, Assistive Technology Specialist, judy.boylan@lighthouseofmanasota.org
Latricia Gambrell, Orientation and Mobility Instructor, latricia.gambrell@lighthouseofmanasota.org
Lisa Howard, Chief Executive Officer, lisa.howard@lighthouseofmanasota.org
Nicole Kissell, Orientation and Mobility Instructor, nicole.kissell@lighthouseofmanasota.org
Sally Meyers, Program Director, sally.meyers@lighthouseofmanasota.org
Elliot Natale, Assistive Technology Specialist, elliott.natale@lighthouseofmanasota.org
Randy Reed, Rehabilitation Instructor, randy.reed@lighthouseofmanasota.org
Andy Reeves, Chief Operating Officer, andy.reeves@lighthouseofmanasota.org
Madeline Spencer, Orientation and Mobility Instructor, maddy.spencer@lighthouseofmanasota.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Conducts pre- and post-rehabilitation assessment.
  • Assistive Products
    • Maintains the Peepers Low Vision Store, which distributes a variety of low vision products such as portable video magnifiers, audio clocks, talking watches, cooking aids, speed dots for iPhones and braille pill boxes.
  • Audiodescription
    • Provides audiodescription services upon request.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers training in alternative methods of reading and writing such as large print, writing guides and Braille to aid in identifying written material.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers assistive technology training.
  • Counseling
    • Provides counseling services by appointment.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides instruction in independent living skills.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides job readiness training to clients with vision loss to enable them to more effectively seek, secure, and maintain employment.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral to community resources.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Independent Living Adult Program provides training in life skills that promote self sufficiency and independence of people with vision loss..
  • Support Groups
    • Support Groups offer understanding and encouragement to both the clients and their families as they learn to put their new skills into daily life.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Serves children from birth through 5 years of age, their families, and caregivers. The goal of the program is to provide information and training in order for the child with vision loss to reach his or her fullest potential.
  • Education Services
    • Offers program for transitioning into local schools.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Transition Program for students with vision loss ages 14-22 offers training in expanded core curriculum (compensatory skills including communication modes; self-advocacy; independent living skills; orientation and mobility; social interaction skills, recreation and leisure, career education; use of assistive technology; and visual efficiency skills), community integration activities, and job readiness.
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