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Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind
1106 West Platt Street
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 251-2407 (Local)
(813) 254-4305 (Fax)

Brief Description

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind provides comprehensive rehabilitation programs for persons who are blind or visually impaired in two locations in Florida. On-site services are provided in Tampa and in Winter Haven for persons residing in Hillsborough, Polk, and surrounding counties. Training is designed to help individuals who have recently lost part or all of their vision to gain the skills needed to perform daily living tasks.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Number of staff: 30 full time; 14 part time
Geographic area served: Primarily Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee, Counties. Rehabilitation Technology services provided throughout the united States.
Publications: Annual report, newsletter, brochures.


206 Avenue D N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881


Sheryl Brown, Executive Director, (813) 251-2407 31,

Services Offered

  • Services for Students
    • Transition program helps blind or visually impaired teens and young adults (14-22) transition into adulthood and employment.
  • Services for Adults

    • Assistive Products
      • Distributes various adaptive aids and devices. Products for sale on site and online.
    • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
      • Offers training in the use of personal computer in the home. Training includes navigating the Internet to pay bills, order medications, etc. Vocational computer training teaches operating systems, database software, screen magnification, speech output, video magnifier/CCTV, and word processing. Provides rehabilitation engineering services and scripting.
    • Counseling
      • Offers social evaluations, counseling (individual, group, family/parent, couple), placement in training, referral to community services.
    • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
      • Provides training in personal management, handwriting, communication skills, kitchen skills, typing, use of video magnifiers, home management, sensory training. Offers center-based and community-based instruction.
    • Employment/Job Training
      • Provides vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, on-the-job training program, vocational placement, supported employment, rehabilitation technology
    • Information and Referral
      • Provides referral to other agencies and services.
    • Low Vision Services
      • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes low vision devices.
    • Recreation Services
      • The Lighthouse Social Club provides a monthly opportunity for former and current Lighthouse clients to socialize with friends and enjoy social outings.
    • Services for Seniors
      • Helps individuals learn skills and acquire knowledge to enable them to live independently, safely, and confidently.
    • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
      • Provides orientation and mobility training.

    Services for Children

    • Braille and Reading Instruction
      • Offers braille instruction.
    • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
      • The Transition Program for blind and visually impaired high school age youth (ages 13+), provides a daily living skills training class and work experience for teenagers in Polk and Hillsborough Counties.
    • Early Intervention/Infant Services
      • The Early Intervention Program teaches infants and young children, ages 0-5, the skills needed to develop school readiness, improve self-sufficiency, and maximize physical, environmental, mental and social skills development.
    • Employment/Job Training
      • Assists blind and visually impaired youth to be ready to work, go to college, or attend a technical school upon completion of high school.

        Summer Transition includes five-weeks of training in daily living skills, a work experience, and recreational activities Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This program, implemented in 2002, for blind and visually impaired teens, prepares them for the responsibilities of adulthood by focusing on job readiness, social interaction, and independent living skills. An integral part of this program involves hands-on work experiences at local businesses.
    • Support for Parents
      • Provides assistance to parents of children ages 0-5.
    • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
      • Orientation and Mobility, or travel training, is taught in conjunction with our 8-week Independent Living Skills Training Program.

    Services for Professionals

    • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
      • Provides consultation in rehabilitation technology and job analysis to other agencies.

    Ongoing Events/Programs

    Early Intervention Program
    Summer Transition for Teens
    School Year Transition Program

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