You Can Help the Visually Impaired and Blind

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CONTACT: Sylvia Perez, Chief Executive Officer, 727-815-0303

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You Can Help the Visually Impaired and Blind
Develop Independent Living Skills

Human eyeThere are many ways to help people who are visually impaired and blind lead independent lives.

PORT RICHEY, FL – Did you know that according to a national opinion poll released by the American Foundation for the Blind, Americans fear vision loss more than they fear cancer, HIV/AIDS, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and other serious health problems? What do they fear most about losing their vision? Most are afraid of losing their independence. However, with help and support, people who are visually impaired and blind can acquire the skills needed to achieve independence. The kind of help and support that is provided by the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind to people of all ages living in vision impairment or blindness in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus Counties.

The Lighthouse’s mission is to provide people who are visually impaired and blind with the skills needed to achieve their maximum independence. People who are visually impaired or blind can live happy and independent lives. Babies, children, or teens who have lost their eyesight can grow up to be happy and productive citizens. Through training that includes independent living, orientation and mobility (white cane), Braille, adaptive computer training, and leisure activities (arts and crafts), people who are visually impaired or blind are able to find possibilities in what seemed an impossible situation. All Lighthouse’s services are free of any charge, individualized for the client, and provided in group and individual (one-on-one) sessions. Lighthouse services provide hope, confidence and independence.

One client wrote: “Can’t thank you enough for all the help and encouragement you’ve provided with my mobility training. I have used my white cane every single day since my last training session—being able to move about safely and independently means so much to me.” For more information about Lighthouse programs, please visit Lighthouse Programs.

The Lighthouse receives partial funding from the Florida Division of Blind Services, the United Ways of Pasco and Hernando Counties, and Pasco County Commissioners, therefore, we must fundraise to meet the need for services. Your help and donations are always needed and appreciated. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, Inc. is eligible to receive tax-deductible donations. Remember, if you itemize deductions, December 31st is the last day to make a tax-deductible charitable donation in the current year. To make an online donation or obtain information on other types of donations or ways you can help, please visit Ways you can help.

A COPY OF THE LIGHTHOUSE’S OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE FLORIDA DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 OR BY VISITING Florida Division of Consumer Services. LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND BLIND, INC. IS REGISTERED UNDER CH662. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

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