Lighthouse of Manasota - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Lighthouse of Manasota
7318 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-1404 (Local)
(941) 359-2373 (Fax)

Brief Description

The Lighthouse of Manasota was established in 1987 by a group of concerned citizens in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 425
Number of staff: 16
Staff description: Vision Rehabilitation Therapists Orientation & Mobility Specialists ACVREP Certified or Certifiable Assistive Technology Instructors
Geographic area served: Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Charlotte, and Highlands Counties.
Publications: Brochures and Annual Report


Judy Boylan, Assistive Technology Specialist,
Latricia Gambrell, Orientation and Mobility Instructor,
Lisa Howard, Chief Executive Officer,
Nicole Kissell, Orientation and Mobility Instructor,
Elizabeth Krupnick, Donor Relations Manager,
Sally Meyers, Program Director,
Elliot Natale, Assistive Technology Specialist,
Randy Reed, Rehabilitation Instructor,
Madeline Spencer, Orientation and Mobility Instructor,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Conducts pre- and post-rehabilitation assessment.
  • Assistive Products
    • Maintains the Peepers Low Vision Store, which distributes a variety of low vision products such as portable video magnifiers, audio clocks, talking watches, cooking aids, speed dots for iPhones and braille pill boxes.
  • Audiodescription
    • Provides audiodescription services upon request.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers training in alternative methods of reading and writing such as large print, writing guides and Braille to aid in identifying written material.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers assistive technology training.
  • Counseling
    • Provides counseling services by appointment.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides instruction in independent living skills.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides job readiness training to clients with vision loss to enable them to more effectively seek, secure, and maintain employment.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral to community resources.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Independent Living Adult Program provides training in life skills that promote self sufficiency and independence of people with vision loss..
  • Support Groups
    • Support Groups offer understanding and encouragement to both the clients and their families as they learn to put their new skills into daily life.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.


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