- 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!
DUE TO COVID-19, OUR FACILITIES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, WITH LIMITED ACCESS TO OUR MAGNIFIERS AND MORE STORE.
Limited in-person store sales in Tampa are available by calling 813-695-4402 and in Winter Haven by calling 863-299-3633 to schedule an appointment in advance. Appointments are currently limited to one or two individuals at a time due to space constraints and the need for social distancing. 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.