Community Rehabilitation Programs
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)
Our mission is to reach out to blind and visually impaired individuals by providing a variety of services to foster independence, improve the quality of life, and enable this population to realize their full potential.
Address:Center for the Visually Impaired
1187 Dunn Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Main: (386) 253-8879
Toll Free: (800) 227-1284
Fax: (386) 253-9178
Conklin Centers for the Blind
The Florida Lions Conklin Center for the Blind is a nationally-accredited human service organization in Daytona Beach, Florida. We are the first and only agency in the United States dedicated to providing coordinated vocational and independent living services to individuals who are blind and have one or more other disabilities. We are owned and administered by the Lions Clubs of Florida. The mission of the Florida Lions Conklin Center is to empower children and adults who are blind and have one or more additional disabilities to develop their potential to obtain employment, live independently, and fully participate in community life.
Address:Conklin Centers for the Blind
405 White Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Main: (386) 258-3441
Fax: (386) 258-1155
Elder Care of Alachua County
Address:Elder Care of Alachua County
5701 34th Bvld.
Gainesville, FL 32653
Main: (352) 265-9040
Fax: (352) 265-9041
Florida Center for the Blind
The Florida Center for the Blind, Inc. (FCB) is an accredited, non-profit organization that teaches alternatives in performing daily tasks with a minimum of inconvenience to the individual. This is accomplished through training in life-sustaining skills to become self-sufficient and teaching the individual to physically and emotionally cope with his/her blindness. The Center also aids its clients in locating and qualifying for services made available to them. The blind person and their sighted family members are counseled to understand and accept their blindness. In addition, the center provides educational programs for the general public. The Center is a liaison between the client and other agencies such as the State of Florida, Division of Blind Services, the Veterans Administration, area school systems and the Social Security Administration.
Address:Florida Center for the Blind
7634 SW 60th Ave, Unit "D"
Ocala, FL 34476
Main: (352) 873-4700
Fax: (352) 873-4751
Florida Outreach Center for the Blind
Established in 2003, the Florida Outreach Center for the Blind is a training facility developed and operated by visually impaired persons. Our programs provide instruction in reading and writing Braille, computers and adaptive equipment, daily living skills including cooking, and personal and home management. All of the center's programs are free and designed to teach and assist blind persons in building the confidence they need to live independently, pursue an education or choose a career path. We also provide an environment where blind individuals can share vital support, encouragement and information with one another.
Address:Florida Outreach Center for the Blind
2315 South Congress Avenue
Palm Springs, FL 33461
Main: (561) 642-0005
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is the state's center public school for eligible deaf or hard of hearing and visually impaired students pre-school through 12th grade. There is no cost to families for tuition for eligible Florida residents. Founded in 1885, the School awards standard and special diplomas and prepares its graduates for a wide range of professional careers and trades. Each year, over 70% of the graduating class continues their education at colleges, universities, and technical training centers. Today, the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is the largest school of its type in the United States. The FSDB Parent Infant Program serves families throughout the state in their homes. Certified professionals called Parent Advisors work with parents on behalf of their children with sensory loss to assist them in making necessary adaptations to enhance their child's early development. There is no cost to families for this service.
Address:Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
Parent Infant Program
207 North San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Main: (904) 827-2210
Fax: (904) 827-2218
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Originally established in 1971 by the Gateway Hope Center, the program is now a part of Disabled Student Services at Florida Community College at Jacksonville.
Address:Florida State College at Jacksonville
101 West State Street, Room A-2140
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Main: (904) 633-8307
Fax: (904) 632-5107
Independence for the Blind of West Florida
Independence for the Blind of West Florida serves persons who are blind or visually impaired in a ten county area in Northwest Florida. Our service area includes: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Bay, Jackson, Washington, Calhoun, and Gulf counties. Services are provided to clients free of charge. The mission of Independence for the Blind of West Florida, Inc. is to teach independent living skills, computer and adaptive technology, and to provide vocational assessments, training and employment related services to people who are blind or visually impaired so they can achieve maximum independence.
Address:Independence for the Blind of West Florida
3107 N. Davis Hwy.
Pensacola, FL 32503
Main: (850) 477-2663
Fax: (850) 479-4025
Lighthouse Central Florida
Since 1976, Lighthouse Central Florida has served Central Floridians who are blind or sight impaired through education and rehabilitation services. Through effective programs, proven curricula, certified instructors, and years of personal and professional experience, Lighthouse offers children and adults the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for independent living. Services include independent living skills classes, access technology training, Braille, orientation and mobility training, early intervention for infants and toddlers, and programs for children and teens. Lighthouse also provides job readiness training, job development and placement, and customer service training for individuals that are blind or visually impaired. Lighthouse is the only non-profit, private agency providing comprehensive vision rehabilitation services to individuals in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties.
Address:Lighthouse Central Florida
215 East New Hampshire Street
Orlando, FL 32084
Main: (407) 898-2483
Fax: (407) 895-5255
Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches
Founded in 1946, the Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches 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 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, as well as education and consultation to businesses, agencies and organizations in the community who employ or interact with persons with visual impairments.
Address:Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches
1710 Tiffany Drive East
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Main: (561) 586-5600
Fax: (561) 845-8022
Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind
Originally established in 1983 as the Suncoast Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, by the B.L.I.N.D. Club of New Port Richey. The mission of the Lighthouse is to provide blind and visually impaired persons with the skills needed to achieve their maximum independence.
Address:Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind
8610 Galen Wilson Boulevard,
Port Richey, Florida 34668
Main: (727) 815-0303
Fax: (727) 815-0203
Lighthouse of Broward County
The mission of The Lighthouse of Broward County is to enhance the independence, productivity, and quality of life of visually impaired children, youth, working age adults, and elders who are blind or visually impaired.
Originally established in 1972 as the Broward Center for the Blind by volunteers in Ft. Lauderdale, the Lighthouse has grown from a small agency created to provide social support and recreational activities for blind people to an accredited, full service educational and rehabilitation agency.
Address:Lighthouse of Broward County
650 N. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311
Main: (954) 463-4217
Fax: (954) 764-3825
Lighthouse of Collier, Inc.
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.
424 Bayfront Place
Naples, FL 34102
Main: (239) 430-3934
Fax: (239) 430-9213
Lighthouse of Manasota
Established in 1985 by a group of concerned citizens in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The lighthouse exists to promote the individual growth and dignity of visually impaired and blind adults and children. We are committed to extend our educational and training resources to their families and to be their voice in the community.
Address:Lighthouse of Manasota
7318 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243
Main: (941) 359-1404
Fax: (941) 359-2373
Lighthouse of Pinellas
Lighthouse of Pinellas, Inc. (formerly Watson Center) has provided services to meet the needs of the blind and visually impaired for almost 50 years. Chartered in 1956, the mission of Lighthouse of Pinellas is to advance the independence and opportunities of the 40,000 residents of Pinellas County who are blind and visually impaired. We offer comprehensive vision rehabilitation programs for adults and seniors, job placement services for adults, life enrichment programs for adults and seniors, an onsite product store, information and referral services and comprehensive children's rehabilitation programs for children of all ages beginning at birth.
Address:Lighthouse of Pinellas
6925 112th Circle North - Suite 103
Largo, FL 33773
Main: (727) 544-4433
Fax: (727) 544-5511
Lighthouse of the Big Bend: "Guiding People through Vision Loss"
”Lighthouse of the Big Bend is a non-profit agency dedicated to assisting people who are visually impaired or blind to achieve a maximum level of independence in their lives. Free services are provided on an outreach (one on one) or group basis and are provided without charge, without regard to individual or family income level, race, creed, age, disability or national origin. Any individual aged 14 to 114+ who is legally blind and lives in the following counties is eligible for free services. Counties served include: 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
Main: (850) 942-3658
Toll Free: (888) 827-6033
Fax: (850) 942-4518
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Established in 1931, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the oldest and largest private agency in Florida to serve people of all ages who are blind or the visually impaired.
Address:Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
601 SW 8th Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
Main: (305) 856-2288
Fax: (305) 285-6967
New Vision for Independence
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. New Vision for Independence recognizes the difficulties encountered by those who are new to diminished vision. Many of New Vision's instructors are visually impaired or blind and have experienced the uncertainties that accompany vision loss. The staff at New Vision is trained to teach the skills that will enable those who wish to return to a life of independence and confidence, and regain control of daily activities. Free instruction is offered to adult residents of Lake and Sumter counties.
Address:New Vision for Independence
Lake-Sumter Community College, Lake Hall (RM 140)
9501 US Hwy 441
Leesburg, FL 34788-8751
Main: (352) 435-5040
Fax: (352) 435-6303
Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind
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 independently and maintain their employment. Our mission is to maximize independence and provide employment opportunities for persons who are blind or visually impaired.
Address:Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind
1106 West Platt Street
Tampa, FL 33606
Main: (813) 251-2407
Fax: (813) 251-9187
Lighthouse of Southwest Florida, Inc.
"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
Main: (239) 997-7797
Fax: (239) 997-8462