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Lighthouse is Going Virtual!

  • The Lighthouse’s top priority at this time is the health and safety of our clients, staff, donors, volunteers and their families. Taking this into consideration, our facilities in Tampa and Winter Haven have closed to clients and the public.  Since Thursday, March 19, we have moved to a temporary Virtual Instruction model.
  • Rest assured, you will have access to services remotely through our talented staff.  Our Case Managers and/or Instructors have already reached out to most of our clients to explain the plans for providing continued services.
  • Working closely with our local and state agencies, we will determine the appropriate time to reopen our facilities and will keep you informed through various channels including our website and our social media.
  • Thank you to the clients, staff, donors, volunteers, and families for your support and understanding during this period. We wish you all health and peace during this time!
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Early Intervention Programs

Helping infants & young children who are blind or visually impaired to develop skills for independence and prepare for school.

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Independent Living Programs

Teaching individuals who are newly blind or visually impaired the skills needed to gain independence.

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Employment Programs

Providing individuals who are blind or visually impaired with vocational training and employment opportunities.

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Transition for Teens

Preparing teens who are blind or visually impaired for college, the workforce and independent living.


To schedule an appointment with the Tampa office call 813-251-2407. To schedule an appointment with the Winter Haven office call 863-299-3633. Thank you for your understanding.

Maximizing Independence and Providing Employment Opportunities

Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision provides on-site 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 Hardee counties.

Our training programs are designed to help individuals who have recently lost part or all of their vision to gain the skills needed to perform daily living tasks independently and maintain their employment. Rehabilitation Engineering services are provided Statewide by Lighthouse Assistive Technology Specialists to help blind or visually impaired individuals maintain their existing employment through the use of assistive technology and devices.

If you or someone you know has an uncorrectable visual impairment that significantly affects daily activities, or interferes with employment and employment related tasks, please refer to our eligibility guidelines to see if you or they qualify to receive some or all of our services.

Special Notice: Hurricane season starts June 1st. Now is the time to start thinking about where you will go if you need to be evacuated. Please use the following links to find information on Special Needs Shelters (qualification criteria and locations) in your area should you need to be evacuated.

Hillsborough County >

Polk County >

Hardee County> 


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Gaining Independence Is New Normal

Despite the challenges caused by the impact of COVID-19, LBLV pivoted from offering programs on-site to providing services through virtual or phone sessions to support those who recently lost part or all of their vision.

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Message From the President

The President & CEO of Lighthouse has an important message regarding COVID-19. Read it now >