Lighthouse of Houston - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Lighthouse of Houston
3602 West Dallas Avenue
Houston, TX 77019-0435
(713) 527-9561 (Local)
(713) 284-8451 (Fax)

Brief Description

The Lighthouse of Houston is a private, nonprofit education and service center dedicated to assisting blind and visually impaired people to live independently. It offers a variety of educational programs, community services. and outpatient rehabilitation for people who are blind and visually impaired.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 AM-4:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 7,000
Number of staff: 140
Geographic area served: Greater Houston area and Texas.
Publications: Annual report.


Community Services Center Southwest
8640 Wednesbury Lane
Houston, TX 77074


Gibson DuTerroil, President,
Ariel Kimmel, Community Outreach Specialist, (713) 284-8473,
Shelagh Moran, Vice President, COO, (713) 284-8490,
Ana Perez, Low Vision Diplomate, (713) 284-8480,
Ian Sangree, Sr. Adaptive Technology Specialist, (713) 284-8430,
Teri Webb, Certified Diabetes Educator RD, (713) 284-8448 8448,
Kelli West, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, (713) 284-8423,
Chelean Zander, Vice President, Community Programs, (713) 284-8494,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Sells adaptive aids such as talking clocks, braille watches, mobility canes, and hundreds of other items. Products are available at Reflections, The Lighthouse store, by telephone, or online at Second Sight sells refurbished or gently used adaptive equipment. Catalog available on our website
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides computer evaluation and training on-site, in-home and at Computer Learning Center.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management and independent living skills. Provides residential services for deaf-blind adults. Provides independent living options and skills training for those with vision loss, and 24-hour assistance and skills training for the deaf-blind and multihandicapped.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides vocational assessments and training, and employment skills development. Offers instruction in medical transcription, word processing, clerical skills, and computer programming. Educates blind and visually impaired individuals to compete for employment in areas such as medical transcription, switchboard operation, customer service, and clerical support. Offers distance training program for medical transcription.
  • In-Home Services
    • Home visitor program links individuals with volunteers to assist with reading the mail, transportation to the doctor or grocery store.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral to other resources. Offers specialized programs that combine clinical expertise with education to inform individuals about the causes of and treatment of vision loss.
  • Library Services
    • Maintains a library of descriptive and audio videos.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Maintains a full-service clinic. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers art and cooking classes, monthly tandem bike rides, field trips and other fun activities. Provides recreation groups for the elderly.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers support groups to benefit anyone in the community dealing with vision loss.
  • Transportation Services
    • Licensed Adult Day Health Care Program at two locations offer transportation M-F to enrolled clients to participate in art, exercise, cooking, and games classes and monthly fieldtrips. Registered Nurse on-site provides health screening and monitoring.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.
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