Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind
1106 West Platt Street
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 251-2407 (Local)
(813) 254-4305 (Fax)

Brief Description

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind provides 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 surrounding counties. Training is designed to help individuals who have recently lost part or all of their vision to gain the skills needed to perform daily living tasks.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Number of staff: 30 full time; 14 part time
Geographic area served: Primarily Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee, Counties. Rehabilitation Technology services provided throughout the united States.
Publications: Annual report, newsletter, brochures.


206 Avenue D N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881


Sheryl Brown, Executive Director, (813) 251-2407 31, sheryl.brown@tampalighthouse.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Distributes various adaptive aids and devices. Products for sale on site and online.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers training in the use of personal computer in the home. Training includes navigating the Internet to pay bills, order medications, etc. Vocational computer training teaches operating systems, database software, screen magnification, speech output, video magnifier/CCTV, and word processing. Provides rehabilitation engineering services and scripting.
  • Counseling
    • Offers social evaluations, counseling (individual, group, family/parent, couple), placement in training, referral to community services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, handwriting, communication skills, kitchen skills, typing, use of video magnifiers, home management, sensory training. Offers center-based and community-based instruction.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, on-the-job training program, vocational placement, supported employment, rehabilitation technology
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides referral to other agencies and services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes low vision devices.
  • Recreation Services
    • The Lighthouse Social Club provides a monthly opportunity for former and current Lighthouse clients to socialize with friends and enjoy social outings.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Helps individuals learn skills and acquire knowledge to enable them to live independently, safely, and confidently.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.
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