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Have you been recently diagnosed with macular degeneration, cataracts, tunnel vision or another eye condition? Who helps you learn how to socialize, navigate, communicate and feel safe in a sighted world? Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., offers classes to help the blind and visually impaired become independent in Collier County. Please call 239-430-3934 to sign up as seating is limited. Bringing a lunch is recommended.

Programs and Services Offered by Lighthouse of Collier

Orientation and Mobility

Learn skills for safe independent navigation at home, work, or in the community.

Daily Living Skills

Learn skills to live independently and safely at home. Learn tactile medication labeling, cooking, money identification, and grooming. How to use check and signature guides, talking watches, using a phone, safety tips and much more.

Assistive Technology

Learn how to use assistive technology, from large print displays and Braille, to accessing Email and Internet with talking PCs.

Children’s Programs (all ages)

Monthly children's events and summer camp offer opportunities to learn. Activities include: day trips, picnics in the park, large print cards and board games. Learn about and play with magnifiers, CCTV’s, talking computers, and State of the Art computer equipment. Meet and make new friends!

Transition Program (ages 14 to 22)

Provides training skills for daily living, self advocacy, communication, assistive technology, job-seeking, orientation and mobility, and more.

Consumer Focus Group Committee

This diverse group of clients, including Art Pearson, Lyn Day, and Della Weeks, encourages you to give us your feedback and suggestions. The suggestion box is located just inside the right side of the Lighthouse of Collier entrance. So if you have any feedback or suggestions, please let us know. Thank you!

Eligibility Criteria for Programs and Services

In order to qualify for Lighthouse of Collier Programs and Services, an individual must meet the following criteria: must be diagnosed with bilateral visual impairment with a best correction which for that individual constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to their ability to live independently (or reach their maximum level of independence and integrate into their community) or the presence of a progressive bilateral eye impairment that will result in a substantial impediment to the individual's ability to live independently. A determination that the applicant requires, and may benefit from services to attain, regain, or maintain an independent outcome. The applicant has legal status as a U.S. citizen, and resides in the state of Florida. For the VR program, in addition to the above criteria, the individual must require services in order to attain, regain or maintain employment.

 

 
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Barbara Perrenoud and Marilyn "Lyn" Day became friends during their independent living training at Lighthouse. Now, these ladies have started the "Hysterical Historian Committee" in which they volunteer every Wednesday to create the history books of Lighthouse of Collier. Giggling is required!
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Naples Daily News, Letter to the Editor: "Showing the Way" by Marilyn Day of Naples, January 11, 2012.  "I have been a resident of Collier County for thirty years and I have been visually impaired for the past eight years with macular degeneration. I want to reach out and help others like me by letting them know about the Lighthouse of Collier. I started attending their free classes and have been able to maximize my ability to live at home more independently and become more self sufficient. Through this outreach, I discovered an abundant amount of resources to help me with every-day living. I am so grateful there finally is a place for people like me to get the help I needed so badly to get my life back again. Thank you, Lighthouse of Collier. You were my beacon in the night."
 
 
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Collier 211 is an Information and Referral Service available to all residents and visitors of Collier County by dialing 211. Visit the Collier 2-1-1 Website for more information.