06/28/2016 New Lighthouse Services in Citrus County

PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Sylvia Perez, CEO, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, 727-815-0303

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Free Rehabilitation Training
for the Visually Impaired and Blind in Citrus County

PORT RICHEY, FL–June 28, 2016. The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind provides free vision rehabilitation training in Citrus County at the Wishing Well Center in Hernando, FL, and in home/ALF centers.

Training includes:

  • Adaptive daily living skills (basic kitchen safety, medication management, use of optical devices).
  • Low vision training on devices and other adaptive strategies for increasing independence.
  • Orientation and mobility (fall prevention, use of the long cane, community integration such as grocery shopping).
  • Low vision training on devices and other adaptive strategies for increasing independence.

Independent living skills training is provided once a week for 7 weeks and is available to adults and seniors at no cost. Transportation to training is provided. New classes are starting in July. For more information, please contact the Lighthouse at 352-754-1132 or contact us online. Free services for babies, children, teens, and adults with an employment goal are also available.

Joyce

Lighthouse Services are for people who are visually impaired or blind. Many people, such as Joyce, have some residual vision, however they don’t have enough to live independently.

Joyce is a Citrus County resident who has benefited from the Lighthouse services recently. She was born very nearsighted, but her vision was correctable with glasses for many years. But in her 50s, Joyce experienced progressive vision loss due to Diabetic Retinopathy and she had to quit working and stop driving. Her Ophthalmologist referred her to the Lighthouse.

At first, Joyce didn’t think Lighthouse was for her, because she wasn’t completely blind. However, she changed her mind when she realized she couldn’t drive, see faces, and was having difficulty caring for herself and her family. She enrolled in the Independent Living Skills Program, where she was taught a wide range of adapted skills such as how to sweep a floor, how to cut, boil, fry and bake, iron, organize clothes and shoes, and how to manage medication. Joyce also took computer classes and learned to use the white cane. Joyce now feels better about life and her increased independence. Read the full story.