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San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind
2305 Roosevelt Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78210
(210) 531-1533 (Local)
(210) 533-4230 (Fax)
(800) 362-4335 (Toll-Free)
nlipton@salighthouse.org
http://www.salighthouse.org

Brief Description

The San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind creates opportunities for individual independence by providing rehabilitation programs and employment opportunities that measurably improve the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals. Rehabilitation programs in the William Judson Center include Technology Evaluation and Training, WJC School of Business, Literacy, Job Readiness and Placement, and Focus on Seniors. It provides direct services to more than 1,200 individuals each year.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 5000
Number of staff: 520
Staff description: Technology and computer specialists, training professionals, and counselors.
Geographic area served: San Antonio, Texas, and surrounding area.
Publications: None

Locations

2300 Roosevelt
San Antonio, TX 78210

Staff

Paula Blacklock, Senior Director, HR & Rehabilitation, (210) 533-5195 2300, paula@salighthouse.org
Vince Boyd, Director of Rehabilitation Programs, (210) 533-5195 2700, vince@salighthouse.org
Mike Gilliam, President/CEO, (210) 1003, mgilliam@salighthouse.org
Nancy Lipton, Public Relations Director, (210) 531-1533, nlipton@salighthouse.org
Catherine Reyna, Information & Referral, (210) 533-5195 2810, creyna@salighthouse.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Provides vocational/career guidance and technology assessments.
  • Assistive Products
    • Low vision products for sale on site.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Introductory braille classes available at the Seniors Center.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers one-on-one counseling to individuals who may be going through an adjustment phase with vision loss.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • This service is provided in the individual’s home and accomplished through one on one instruction to address the following areas: Household Management, Cooking, Personal Finance, Time, Communication, Large Print Materials, Personal Care and Medication Management. The San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind also provides this training in group settings at the Seniors Center and local retirement communities. The Adaptive Living Skills Trainer will also teach the participant how to effectively utilize community resources. Adaptive aids may be provided to those participants who meet our financial guidelines. Orientation and Mobility Training- Teaches safety techniques for travel including the use of the white cane.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers career guidance, skills assessment, personal and social adjustment, vocational adjustment, occupational skill development, on-the-job training, job retention, job retraining, job readiness, employment assistance, extended employment, service contracts, supported employment, and community job placement.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information about Lighthouse services and identifies and networks with community resources.
  • Library Services
    • Maintains a small library of books on tape, descriptive videos, braille books, and large-print books.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides individuals with a comprehensive eye examination to determine what devices will optimize residual vision.
  • Recreation Services
    • None
  • Services for Seniors
    • The San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind Seniors Program promotes individual independence among visually impaired seniors. The program offers a variety of services including:
      1. Independent Living Skills Training. This service is provided in the individual’s home and accomplished through one on one instruction to address the following areas: Household Management, Cooking, Personal Finance, Time, Communication, Large Print Materials, Personal Care and Medication Management. The San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind also provides this training in group settings at the Seniors Center and local retirement communities. The Adaptive Living Skills Trainer will also teach the participant how to effectively utilize community resources. Adaptive aids may be provided to those participants who meet our financial guidelines.
      2. Orientation and Mobility Training- Teaches safety techniques for travel including the use of the white cane.
      3. Counseling. We offer one on one counseling to individuals who may be going through an adjustment phase with vision loss.
      4. Low Vision Clinic Services. This service provides individuals with a comprehensive eye examine to determine what devices will optimize residual vision.
      5. Braille. Introductory Braille classes available at the Seniors Center.
      6. Activities. Our Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 – 1:00. Here seniors participate in Arts and Crafts, Cooking Classes, Exercise, Support Group Discussions etc.
      7. Caregiver Training. The Adaptive Living Skills Trainers provide community support by teaching blindness sensitivity sessions to local retirement and assistive living centers. The trainers work with family members of the visually impaired to address caregiver issues and teach them how to better assist their loved one.
      These services not only restore confidence and self-worth but enhance quality of life and allow participants to reach maximum potential to the best of their capabilities.

      To qualify for services:

    • One must be 55 years or older
    • Have a visual acuity of 20/70 or poorer in the better eye with best correction or with a visual field of less than 30 degrees.
    • The participant must live in Bexar County.
    • Support Groups
      • Has peer/support groups for seniors.
    • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
      • Offers travel training and training in the correct use of a cane.

    Services for Children

    • Education Services
      • The Emma Freeman Memorial Scholarship is available to provide financial assistance to visually-impaired individuals pursuing an education at a two or four year college or university.
    • Employment/Job Training
      • Offers a summer work skills program that helps high school graduates with visual impairment or students with other disabilities nearing graduation prepare for future employment.

    Services for Professionals

    • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
      • The Adaptive Living Skills Trainers provide community support by teaching blindness sensitivity sessions to local retirement and assistive living centers. The trainers work with family members of the visually impaired to address caregiver issues and teach them how to better assist their loved one.
    • Professional Training
      • Offers Adaptive Technology for Trainers and Train the Caregiver programs.
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