All programs are year round in a group and/or on an individual bases depending on the needs of the client.
Our Adult Programs include:
The Lighthouse provides an ongoing, weekly Independent Living Skills Class.
This course introduces a variety of tools, tips and techniques. Examples of topics include: strategies to increase visual access in the home; tools and tips for safely accessing the kitchen; tips for identifying and labeling medications; low to high tech tools and technology to access money and paperwork.
The majority of our clients have some remaining vision. We therefore teach clients techniques to optimize use of their residual vision; such as: controlling glare, increasing contrast or adjusting lighting. Additionally, we provide training in the use of low vision aids, including prescribed optical devices and video magnifiers.
The Lighthouse of Collier takes an individualized, client driven approach with all members who engage in services. The client’s wishes and goals drive the services offered. It is understood that people have different learning styles and may learn at a different pace. The Lighthouse of Collier offers individualized and group instruction and makes every effort to accommodate scheduling needs.
Meeting with an assistive technology (AT) specialist and engaging in training allows the individual who is blind or visually impaired the opportunity to successfully utilize computer technology within their home, school or work setting. Instruction is available for Windows and Apple users to successfully navigate their machines, write emails, utilize calendars, browse the internet, and so much more.
Meeting with an AT specialist and engaging in training also allows the individual the opportunity to successfully utilize mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android platform) and benefit from the applications available which were designed for those who are blind or who live with visual impairments.
Individuals who successfully complete AT training are able to incorporate technology into their day to day tasks- paying bills, managing accounts, shopping on-line, and communicating with friends and family. Individuals who successfully complete AT training can confidently and independent manage their own technology needs and have a competitive edge in today’s job market.
We also provide Orientation and Mobility training (O&M). O&M is a profession that focuses on teaching individuals with vision loss how to safely and efficiently navigate their homes and communities. Some examples of O&M training include: trailing walls and furniture to safely navigate homes, using the long white cane to navigate curbs and sidewalks, walking with a sighted guide and/or using auditory skills to safely cross intersections.
Adjustment to vision loss can be a journey. At the Lighthouse, we offer counseling for individuals and their caregivers and weekly support groups. All “Adjustment to Vision Loss” support groups are facilitated by an experienced staff member with vision loss. In these groups, members explore solutions to dealing with vision loss and make connections with others who can relate.
Vocation Rehabilitation services are designed for adult clients who want to either maintain employment or obtain employment. Clients who are employed may be in need of specialized equipment, training or accommodations to enable them to continue their work. Clients who wish to obtain employment may receive comprehensive training in all areas of the curriculum, including extensive assistive technology training.
Exploring nature, cultural and art events, yoga, healthy and active living workshops; these are just a few of the social and recreational opportunities the Lighthouse of Collier provides to clients throughout the year.
Our Recreation and Leisure services programming allows people of all ages the chance to connect with other blind or visually impaired individuals who are also eager to explore new activities and hobbies.
Whether they are attending an audio descriptive movie, hiking with CREW or creating clay projects in collaboration with Naples Art Center, Lighthouse of Collier clients are constant proof that the inability to see in no way correlates with an inability to live life to the fullest.
Our Recreation and Leisure offerings also include:
Joe is a 91-year-old man losing his vision from dry macular degeneration. For more than two years, he has been a regular participant in the Thursday afternoon support group at the Lighthouse. He reported that hearing his fellow group members talk about how much they are doing with voiceover and JAWS, a screen reading program, inspired him to learn. He went out and got himself an iPhone and an authorization to run JAWS on his laptop.
Joe’s goal then became to learn enough about the iPhone to download books from the free National Library Service offered through the Library of Congress, read his email, and learn how to use independence apps for the blind and visually impaired. He also wanted to use JAWS to help him continue banking and paying his bills online.
Since he began coming to the Lighthouse for lessons, he has learned how to navigate the National Library Service website to download books and magazines, read email, and use the voice memo app on his phone to input and retrieve audio messages. He is also well on his way to independently maneuvering through his bank website on his computer using JAWS.
Joe takes learning very seriously. He works hard and learns something new during every lesson. Joe once commented, “I know I am old, but I’m not dead. I still have a few functioning brain cells that allow me to learn new ways to stay independent.” He credited his group for inspiring him and giving him the courage to never give up.