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Service Providers

Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) provide services to DBS consumers. A CRP is defined as a private, non-profit program that provides rehabilitation services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.


Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI)

CVI logoThe Center for the Visually Impaired is a non-profit agency dedicated to serving blind and visually impaired individuals. Our goal is to enhance the lives and opportunities of our clients through job training, employment, Independent Living, Technology training, and children's services as well as a multitude of community services. To ensure that blind and visually impaired individuals lead successful lives in their workplace, at home, and in their community, the Center for the Visually Impaired's long term commitment to our mission has been in place since 1988.

Address:

Center for the Visually Impaired
1187 Dunn Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Phone Numbers:

Main: (386) 253-8879
Fax: (386) 253-9178

Website:

http://www.cvicentralflorida.org


Florida Lions Conklin Centers for the Blind

Conklin center logoIn the early 1970's more than 1,200 adults who were blind with other disabling conditions were placed in institutions and receiving only custodial care.

In a pioneering collaboration between the Conklin Center and the Florida Division of Blind Services (DBS), the Conklin Center was established with the goal of helping adults who are blind with coexisting disabilities to become employed, to live independently, and be in control of their lives. Well known at the time for their mission to serve the blind, Lions Clubs in Florida, led by Millard Conklin of the Daytona Lions Club, were called on to help raise funds for the project.

When the Conklin Center opened for service in 1979, it was the only organization in the United States whose adult services were devoted exclusively to the vocational rehabilitation needs of adults who were blind with coexisting disabling conditions.

Community-based Supported Employment and Supported Living services were added in 1987. In January 2000, an Early Intervention Blind Babies Program was added to serve children with visual impairment and their families.

Address:

Florida Lions Conklin Centers for the Blind
405 White Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Phone Numbers:

Main: (386) 258-3441

Website:

http://www.conklincenter.org


Elder Care of Alachua County

The Mission of Elder Care of Alachua County is to be an advocate for the elderly and provide services that will build capacity, maximize independence, and enrich the quality of life for the seniors in Alachua county and north central Florida.

The Independent Living for Blind Seniors program is designed to increase the autonomy and safety of sight-impaired individuals age 18+ who reside in Alachua County. In-home assessments and educational services are offered free to qualified individuals.

Address:

Elder Care of Alachua County
5701 NW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32653

Phone Numbers:

Main: (352) 265-9040
Fax: (352) 265-9041

Website:

http://eldercare.ufhealth.org/


Florida Center for the Blind

Florida Center for the Blind logoThe mission of the Florida Center for the Blind is to instruct individuals with visual impairments in the use of those compensatory skills and aids that will enable them to live safely, productively, independently, and interdependently.

Florida Center for the Blind, Inc. (FCB) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that has been providing vision rehabilitation since 1987. FCB provides training and education for individuals who are blind or visually impaired at no cost. Our service area includes eight north central Florida counties: Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion and Union. During the course of each year we work with over 200 children, teens, adults and seniors.

Address:

Florida Center for the Blind
1411 NE 22nd Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Phone Numbers:

Main: (352) 873-4700
Fax: (352) 873-4751

Website:

http://www.flblind.org/


Florida Outreach Center for the Blind

FloridaOutreachCenter logoThe Florida Outreach Center for the Blind (FOCB) is a not-for-profit agency formed for the express purpose of providing services to people in Palm Beach county and surrounding areas who are blind or visually impaired. It was founded in 2003 by Carolyn Lapp. Ms. Lapp established the FOCB with a mission to address the needs of the estimated 48,000 blind and visually impaired individuals in the County.

FOCB believes if you give blind and visually impaired people the tools and services they need, they will develop a positive attitude toward their blindness, cope with their visual challenge, and contribute to their community. Therefore, FOCB is unique among local organizations serving blind and low-vision persons because the CEO, many of the staff, and at least half of the board members themselves are blind or visually impaired. The FOCB takes great pride in creating jobs for the visually impaired by serving the visually impaired. In turn, this creates an integrated community for the blind and their families.

Address:

Florida Outreach Center for the Blind
2315 South Congress Avenue
Palm Springs, FL 33406

Phone Numbers:

Main: (561) 642-0005

Website:

http://blindfocb.org/wordpress/


Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind

Florida School for the Deaf and Blind logoEstablished in 1885, FSDB is a fully accredited state public school and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible Pre-K and K-12 deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired students. Services include meals, boarding, and transportation. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized, specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student to develop independence and lifelong success. Currently, FSDB serves about 600 students on campus in Pre-K and K-12 academic programs as well as about 400 infants and toddlers and their families across the state of Florida through Parent Service Programs.

Families choose FSDB for the unique resources and opportunities that cannot be found elsewhere. Students choose FSDB for ease of direct learning, the variety of academic programs and campus life activities, and the effortless communication they have within the campus and community partners. The highly qualified teachers who have chosen to work at FSDB are the foundation of our educational programs with a core philosophy to meet each student's specific needs, abilities, and learning styles in order for them to acquire knowledge and skills, build confidence, and achieve independence. And the colleges and businesses who choose to partner with FSDB provide students with opportunities to develop valuable career knowledge, hands-on experience, and skill sets.

Address:

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
207 North San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Phone Numbers:

Main: (904) 827-2210

Website:

http://www.fsdb.k12.fl.us/


Florida State College at Jacksonville

The Vision Education and Rehabilitation Center is a community-based rehabilitation program for adults and high school students with blindness or visual impairment. Through specialized training, the students learn the necessary skills to gain independence in the home, workplace, and community.

The Vision Education and Rehabilitation Center services are offered at no cost to the student. Training is made possible by the State of Florida Division of Blind Services and Florida State College at Jacksonville. Located at the Downtown Campus since 1982, the Vision Education and Rehabilitation Center has maintained national accreditation and trains 300 to 400 students annually.

Address:

Florida State College at Jacksonville
101 West State Street
Room A-2140
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Phone Numbers:

Main: (904) 633-8297
Fax: (904) 632-5107

Website:

http://www.fscj.edu/community-engagement/vision-education-rehabilitation-center/


Independence for the Blind of West Florida

Independence for the Blind logoOur mission is to teach independent living skills, computer and adaptive technology, and to provide vocational training and employment-related services to people who are blind or visually impaired so they can achieve maximum independence.

IB West continues to provide client-centered individualized instruction to the blind, incorporating the most up-to-date techniques and equipment. Each year, our counselors log more than 6,000 hours of instruction time and work with more than 200 clients throughout our ten county service area. All of Independence for the Blind of West Florida services are geared towards helping the blind achieve independence to whatever level is possible and desired by the individual.

Address:

Independence for the Blind of West Florida
3107 N. Davis Hwy.
Pensacola, FL 32503

Phone Numbers:

Main: (850) 477-2663
Fax: (850) 479-4025

Website:

http://www.ibwest.org/


Lighthouse Central Florida

Lighthouse Central Florida logoCharting a course for Living, Learning, and Earning with vision loss -- this is Lighthouse Central Florida at its core!

Visual impairment doesn't have to break the human spirit. Through teaching, training, caring, and compassion, Lighthouse Central Florida gives people with sight impairment the skills they need to achieve their full potential to live independently and maintain or increase their quality of life. It is truly a life-changing program.

Since 1976, Lighthouse Central Florida has provided education, independent life skills, and job training and placement to more than 100,000 people with sight impairment and their families. But it's not just people with sight impairment who benefit. The entire community benefits through the productive contributions of skilled Lighthouse Central Florida graduates.

Address:

Lighthouse Central Florida
215 East New Hampshire Street
Orlando, FL 32084

Phone Numbers:

Main: (407) 898-2483
Fax: (407) 895-5255

Website:

http://www.lighthousecentralflorida.org/


Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches

Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches logoFounded in 1946, The Lighthouse is the only private, non-profit agency providing direct education and rehabilitation services to people who are blind or visually impaired in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties. We serve thousands of individuals of all ages: children and young adults, people of working age, and our area's fast-growing population with age-related vision loss.

We also provide services to family members and caregivers of those who are blind. We provide consultation and education to businesses, agencies, institutions, and organizations in the community who employ or interact with persons who are blind or visually impaired.

With the exception of low vision services, no fees are charged and services are funded almost entirely by charitable support.

Address:

Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches
1710 Tiffany Drive East
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Phone Numbers:

Main: (561) 586-5600
Fax: (561) 845-8022

Website:

http://www.lighthousepalmbeaches.org/


Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind

Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind logoThe mission of the Lighthouse is to provide people who are visually impaired and blind with the skills needed to achieve their maximum independence. Lighthouse works with people of all ages, from babies to seniors, who experience vision impairment, blindness and low vision, and live in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides free vision rehabilitation and adjustment to blindness services to people of all ages who have experienced vision impairment. An estimated 20,000 persons have received some type of service since its incorporation.

The Lighthouse serves Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus from two permanent locations in Port Richey and Brooksville and in a temporary office at the Wishing Well Center in Citrus County. Services are also provided in the community (in cities such as Zephyrhills, Dade City, and Lecanto) and in our clients' homes.

Address:

Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind
8610 Galen Wilson Boulevard,
Port Richey, Florida 34668

Phone Numbers:

Main: (727) 815-0303
Fax: (727) 815-0203

Website:

http://lvib.org/


Lighthouse of Broward County

Lighthouse of BrowardThe Lighthouse of Broward has provided a steadily expanding continuum of training and rehabilitation geared to blind or visually impaired children, youth, working age adults, and elders. Initially primarily a recreation and social program for seniors with vision impairment, the Lighthouse today is a full service, comprehensive, nationally accredited, Charity Navigator 4 Star organization. All services are tailored to individual needs by trained professionals working with the adult who has lost sight or the parent and visually impaired child to identify the exact skills that will lead to maximum independent functioning.

The Lighthouse's mission is to enhance the independence, productivity, and quality of life of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired.

Core Services of the Lighthouse are divided into two areas: a Children's Program and an Adult Program. In March, 2010 the Lighthouse added three new services to the adult program: a job readiness and entrepreneurship program leading to successful job searches and competitive employment for blind or visually impaired adults; an outreach program to increase referrals of blind persons of all ages and build networks leading to job opportunities for blind adults; and an access technology bank of equipment for loan to individuals preparing for competitive employment.

Address:

Lighthouse of Broward County
650 N. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311

Phone Numbers:

Main: (954) 463-4217
Fax: (954) 764-3825

Website:

http://www.lhob.org/


Lighthouse of Collier, Inc.

Lighthouse of collier logoThe Lighthouse of Collier is a 501c3 Florida non-profit. It is the only service center of its type that seeks to provide programs for 14,000 people in order to foster independence and enhance the quality of life for blind and visually impaired people and their caregivers. The mission of the Lighthouse of Collier is to promote the development, implementation and on-going evaluation of programs and services which foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers.

Address:

Lighthouse of Collier, Inc.
2685 Horseshoe Drive South, Suite 211
Naples, FL 34104

Phone Numbers:

Main: (239) 430-3934
Fax: (239) 430-9213

Website:

http://lighthouseofcollier.org/


Lighthouse of Manasota

Lighthouse of Manasota logoLighthouse of Manasota is the only nationally accredited, private, non-profit agency providing rehabilitation training to blind and visually impaired individuals of all ages residing in a five county region that includes Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Charlotte and Highlands. The communities we serve include the cities of Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Ellenton, Osprey, Nokomis, Venice, Englewood, North Port, Arcadia, Sebring and Avon Park.

Our programs offer a holistic approach by providing training and rehabilitation to foster independence, productivity, and improved quality of life. Based in Sarasota, Florida, the Lighthouse provides free, professionally taught classes and sponsors support groups across five counties. Through interview and assessment, classes and resources are carefully chosen to provide each client with skills to live independently and with confidence to undertake activities. The Lighthouse offers education, support, and motivation within an environment that is enriching for individuals with vision loss.

Address:

Lighthouse of Manasota
7318 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243

Phone Numbers:

Main: (941) 359-1404

Website:

http://www.lighthouseofmanasota.org/


Lighthouse of Pinellas

Lighthouse of Pinellas logoOur mission is to advance the independence and quality of life for individuals in Pinellas County who are blind or visually impaired.

Lighthouse of Pinellas is the only private, non-profit agency providing rehabilitation training to blind and visually impaired individuals of all ages who are residents of Pinellas County, Florida. Our programs offer a holistic approach by providing training and rehabilitation to foster independence, productivity, and improved quality of life.

Our programming includes: independent living for adults and seniors; orientation and mobility; diabetes self-management; early intervention for children ages birth to six; independent living for teens; adaptive technology; parent and family resources; and individual, group, and family counseling.

Address:

Lighthouse of Pinellas
6925 112th Circle North
Suite 103
Largo, FL 33773

Phone Numbers:

Main: (727) 544-4433
Fax: (727) 544-5511

Website:

http://www.lighthouseofpinellas.org/


Lighthouse of the Big Bend: "Guiding People through Vision Loss"

Lighthouse of the Big Bend logoLighthouse of the Big Bend is a nonprofit agency dedicated to assisting people with vision loss. Services are provided on a one to one or group basis without regard to individual or family income level, race, creed, age, disability, or national origin.

The mission of Lighthouse of the Big Bend is to enhance the lives of individuals who live with vision loss in the Big Bend area through direct services, community engagement, and education.

Lighthouse of the Big Bend serves individuals from birth thru life who are legally blind and live in one the following counties: Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla.

Address:

Lighthouse of the Big Bend
3071 Highland Oaks Terrace
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Phone Numbers:

Main: (850) 942-3658
Fax: (850) 942-4518

Website:

http://www.lighthousebigbend.org/


Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Miami lighthouse logoEstablished in 1931, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the oldest and largest private agency in Florida serving people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. From its beginnings in 1931 in a 900 square-foot bungalow, the non-profit has grown to a 55,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art educational and rehabilitation center serving the blind and visually impaired at every stage of life.

Address:

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
601 SW 8th Avenue
Miami, FL 33130

Phone Numbers:

Main: (305) 856-4176
Fax: (305) 285-6967

Website:

http://www.miamilighthouse.org/


New Vision for Independence

New Vision logoNew Vision for Independence, Inc. (New Vision) is a nationally accredited 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and was incorporated on July 18, 2005. New Vision provides unique training to persons experiencing severe bilateral vision loss that is affecting their daily functioning in daily living, vocational, or academic activities. New Vision serves people of all ages -- babies, children, teens, adults, and seniors -- who reside in Lake and Sumter counties and The Villages. New Vision is the only provider of these vital services for this population in this geographic area.

Mission Statement: New Vision for Independence is committed to excellence in providing rehabilitation, community education, and support services for people with low vision or blindness, and their families to promote independence, acceptance, and self-confidence.

Address:

New Vision for Independence
Lake-Sumter Community College, Lake Hall, RM 140
9501 US Hwy 441
Leesburg, FL 34788-8751

Phone Numbers:

Main: (352) 435-5040

Website:

http://www.newvisionfl.org/


Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind

Tampa Lighthouse logo

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind provides on-site 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 Hardee counties.

Our training programs are designed to help individuals who have recently lost part or all of their vision to gain the skills needed to perform daily living tasks independently and maintain their employment through the use of assistive technology and devices.

Address:

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind
1106 West Platt Street
Tampa, FL 33606

Phone Numbers:

Main: (813) 251-2407
Fax: (813) 254-4305

Website:

http://www.tampalighthouse.org/


Lighthouse of Southwest Florida, Inc.

Lighthouse of Southwest Florida logo"Cottage meetings" were held in the homes of people in 1974 in Fort Myers to determine how to meet the needs of visually impaired and blind. Today, a center has grown to provide over 50 rehabilitation and support programs to the visually impaired and blind in Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties of Southwest Florida.

The Organization is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, rehabilitation and recreational purposes to provide visually impaired persons with the skills necessary to allow them to achieve their chosen level of independence.

Lighthouse of SWFL is a non profit rehabilitation center dedicated to providing the tools, support and opportunities necessary for individuals with blindness or visual impairment to successfully achieve their desired level of independence.

Address:

Lighthouse of Southwest Florida, Inc.
35 West Mariana Ave.
North Ft. Myers, FL 33903

Phone Numbers:

Main: (239) 997-7797
Fax: (239) 997-8462

Website:

http://www.lighthouseswfl.org/