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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)

Brief Description

The Lighthouse of Manasota was established in 1985 by a group of concerned citizens that were visually impaired in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 500
Number of staff: 20
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.


Judy Boylan, Assistive Technology Specialist,
Latricia Gambrell, Orientation and Mobility Instructor,
Lisa Howard, Chief Executive Officer,
Nicole Kissell, Orientation and Mobility Instructor,
Elizabeth Krupnick, Donor Relations Manager,
Sally Meyers, Program Director,
Elliot Natale, Assistive Technology Specialist,
Randy Reed, Rehabilitation Instructor,
Madeline Spencer, Orientation and Mobility Instructor,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Conducts pre- and post-rehabilitation assessment with case managers.
  • Assistive Products
    • Peepers Low Vision Store, which distributes a variety of low vision products such as portable video magnifiers, audio clocks, talking watches, cooking aids, bump 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 in iphone, ipad, android, computer, voice over and special computer programs and magnification.
  • Counseling
    • Provides counseling services by appointment with Tidewell.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides instruction in independent living skills and activities of daily living for seniors.
  • 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 in the home and in the community based on clients goal.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Lighthouse instructors assess and measure each child's functional skills, and design individual therapies to avoid further delays in development and prepare them for school. Lighthouse instructors provide individualized instruction based on the specific needs of each student, as well as group instruction to promote socialization and teamwork. Our services are designed to supplement services provided by Teachers of the Visually Impaired.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • We can teach braille and reading instruction in the home with the child.
  • 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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