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Lighthouse of Pinellas - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Lighthouse of Pinellas
6925 112th Circle North, Suite 103
Largo, FL 33773
(727) 544-4433 (Local)
(727) 544-5511 (Fax)
info@lhpfl.org
http://www.lhpfl.org

Brief Description

Lighhtouse of Pinellas is the sole, private not-for-profit agency serving the blind and visually impaired in Pinellas County. Chartered in 1956, the mission of Lighthouse of Pinellas is to advance the independence and quality of life for individuals in Pinellas County who are blind or visually impaired. We are nationally accredited through NAC and provide comprehensive vision rehabilitation services to individuals from infants and toddlers to the very elderly in the home, at the agency, and in the community.

Lighthouse of Pinellas offers comprehensive vision rehabilitation programs for adults and seniors, vocational rehabilitation services for teens and adults, information and referral services, and comprehensive early intervention programs for infants and young children.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 500
Number of staff: 27
Staff description: Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, Certified O&M Specialists, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Occupational Therapist certified in Low Vision, Teachers of the Visually Impaired
Geographic area served: Pinellas County, Florida
Publications: E-newsletters and brochures.

Staff

Beverly Bennett, Director of Programs, (727) 544-4433 234, bbennett@lhpfl.org
Daniel Mann, President/CEO, (727) 544-4433, dmann@lhpfl.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Advocacy
    • Offers self advocacy training to empower individuals with skills and confidence needed to be positive and assertive communicators.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training with access technology such as speech software, screen magnification software, and portable notetakers. Training also provided in use of cell phones and tablets with access technology.
  • Counseling
    • Group and individual counseling services provided by a licensed mental health counselor with a specialty in the field of blindness are available for clients and their family members to assist with the adjustment to blindness or visual impairment.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers comprehensive vision rehabilitation services to adults and seniors. Service plans are developed according to the specific needs of the individual. Intensive Independent Living Skills Classes include community resources, labeling/organization, introduction to braille, money identification, telephones and talking devices, pouring and eating skills, writing skills, kitchen safety, home and personal safety, eye conditions, illumination/video magnifiers, introduction to access technology and magnification. Workshops, including adaptive kitchen skills, hand sewing, home and personal management, labeling, use of various adaptive devices, writing and audio voting, are also offered.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides training in keyboarding, computers, access technology and job readiness to individuals referred by the Division of Blind Services. Offers a year round and summer Transition Program for students preparing for employment or higher education.
  • In-Home Services
    • Rehabilitation teachers assist individuals in their homes with individualized instruction such as personal management, writing, marking and labeling, organization, adaptive kitchen skills, home and personal safety, and use of adaptive devices.
  • Information and Referral
    • Case managers provide individuals with information and referrals to appropriate resources within the community.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Staff provide assessment and training in the use of optical and non optical devices as well as training in the use of residual vision.
  • Support Groups
    • Counseling and support groups are available to facilitate the adjustment to vision loss.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Services include precane techniques, use of the long cane, use of a support cane, indoor travel skills, outdoor travel skills with and without sidewalks, orientation skills to navigate unfamiliar areas, street crossing techniques, and the use of public transportation. Preparatory training to obtain a dog guide and/or follow-up training upon return with a new dog guide is also available. O&M specialists also provide orientation to new environments with specific training offered as directly related to the individual's needs.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Comprehensive Developmental Assessments, Functional Vision Assessments, Assistive Technology Assessments and Orientation and Mobility Evaluations are administered by university educated and certified staff members.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Training is provided in Braille and in the use of optical devices and adaptive technology to promote literacy and success in school, college, vocationally and in daily life.
    • Offers reading and writing instruction in braille I and II, slate & stylus, and dymo-labeler.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • We provide community outreach and education designed to inform and educate the general public on blindness and vision loss and the services available to them at the agency.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Computer training with access technology such as speech software, screen magnification software and portable note takers is provided. Introduction to the use of computers and adaptive technology is provided utilizing age-appropriate devices and software beginning with our very young children. A limited number of computers with adaptive technology are also available for loan so that skills taught can be practiced and reinforced at home.
  • Counseling
    • Counseling services provided by a licensed mental health counselor with a specialty in the field of blindness are available for clients and their family members to assist with the adjustment to blindness or visual impairment.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • The comprehensive early intervention program for infants and young children provides training in the areas of learning to use their remaining vision, walk, feed and dress themselves, and to communicate and socialize with others. The Year Round Transition Program for youth aged 15 years and older who are enrolled in school also targets Daily Living Skills training as our instructors provide independent living skills training designed to foster success as teens transition from school to college, employment, and living independently in the community.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • The Lighthouse of Pinellas offers a comprehensive early intervention program for infants and young children. Professional teachers and therapists address the unique needs of each child and family to promote optimum development.
  • Education Services
    • Year round and summer transition program services are provided for teens who will be going on to higher education and/or competative employment that address the expanded core curriculum to include compensatory or functional academic skills in the areas of communication modes, vision efficiency skills, orientation and mobility, assistive technology, career education skills, independent living skills, social interaction skills, and recreation and leisure skills.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers a Year Round Transition Program and a Summer Transition Program for High School students.
  • Information and Referral
    • Information and referrals are routinely provided by our case management staff regarding services available through the Lighthouse of Pinellas as well as referrals to other agencies, resources and events in the community that may benefit clients and families.
  • Support for Parents
    • Support for parents is available in a variety of areas including home visits, the opportunity to observe and work with the professionals providing services and training, information and referrals provided by the case managers, individual and family counseling and family support groups.
  • Support Groups
    • Family support groups opportunities are offered throughout the year both at the agency and in the community.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Orientation and Mobility evaluations and training are available to promote safe independent travel techniques, concept development, and promote confidence and independence in school and later in life.

Ongoing Events/Programs

Early Intervention Program
Year-round and Summer Transition Programs
Summer Camp Program

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