Eligibility Guidelines

Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision provides services to persons who are blind or visually impaired at no charge.

In most instances, a referral from the Division of Blind Services*, complete with eye and medical reports are required to determine eligibility for Program Services. The individual must be able to benefit from services, possess self-care skills, and pose no danger to self or others. Access the referral form and application for Division of Blind Services in English (DOC) or in Spanish (DOC).

With the exception of the Independent Living Skills Training, you must have your own transportation to the facility where services are provided on-site. Independent Living Skills (Tampa location only) participants must be able to use agency provided transportation (if eligible to ride van).

Early Intervention Services are provided to infants and young children up to the age of 5 years old.  School age children 6-13 years old are served in our Children’s Program and High school youth are served under our Year Round and Summer Transition program.

Summer Transition for Teens serves blind or visually impaired high school youth ages 14–22. This program is a five-week class that includes training in daily living skills, a work experience two days each week, and a fun recreational opportunity each week. Transportation is provided.

Vocational Programs serve blind or visually impaired individuals residing in Hillsborough or Polk County who are seeking to maintain or obtain employment and includes vocational computer training using speech and/or screen magnification programs; Job DevelopmentJob Placement and Supported Employment. Employment related Rehabilitation Engineering is provided throughout the State of Florida.

Referral Form (PDF) >