January 2022 eNews
– Grateful and Thankful –
As we close the door on 2021, and welcome a bright new year, I find myself feeling immensely grateful and thankful. I’m grateful for the generous support our donors continued to give during a very difficult year. Their belief in the Lighthouse mission never wavered; their trust in making an investment in the Lighthouse never waned.
I’m thankful that during 2021, when many organizations and businesses closed their doors, the Lighthouse actually grew. We hired an additional dual certified instructor, expanded programming when we made it available online, and engaged more people in need of our help. The pandemic has forced us to think outside the box and create new ways to provide our very specialized training.
Looking forward, I’m very optimistic. The Lighthouse staff and Board of Directors have big plans for developing new approaches to our marketing and outreach efforts, bold ideas on new programming unlike any other, and a commitment to effectively measure our impact to ensure we are providing the highest quality rehabilitation training available in our area.
Stay tuned for more information about Art in the Dark planned for September 2022!
Lisa J. Howard, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
Lighthouse Tandem Bike Club
Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center is thrilled to announce the addition of the Lighthouse Tandem Bike Club. In partnership with the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club, this club has been created to get more of our clients outdoors, engage with others with similar challenges and to realize they can do what they might have thought impossible – ride a bike.
As with all new ventures, we need your help to make the Lighthouse Tandem Bike Club a success. We are currently in need of the following donated items:
- Working tandem bikes, new or used
- New adult road bike helmets
- Bike lights
- 14-foot covered trailer, new or used
- Bike maintenance supplies
Click play on the Lighthouse Tandem Bike Club video below.
If you are interested in joining the Lighthouse Tandem Bike Club or would like to learn how you can become a sponsor, please contact Nicole Mobley at 941-359-1404 ext.702 or nicole.mobley@LighthouseEducationCenter.org
Celebrate National Braille Literacy Month
January is National Braille Literacy Month, in honor of the birthday of Louis Braille, the inventor of the alphabet of raised dots that has allowed millions of blind and partially-sighted people to read. The observance raises awareness of the importance of Braille to the blind and visually impaired community.
While fewer people are using Braille to read due to the assistance of screen reading devices, it is increasingly vital to highlight the importance of Braille literacy in the workplace and the classroom.
Continuing Our Lighthouse Outreach Program
Our Outreach Program actively engages the community by raising awareness of those with low vision. Our presentations help ease the challenges that low vision may present in the lives of those we serve. But we also offer information about the prevention of blindness and share the capabilities of those with vision loss so others may understand how they interact in their daily lives.
Lighthouse is available to present to civic and community organizations, schools, nonprofits, houses of worship, senior living facilities, and home health and rehabilitation agencies in our communities.
To schedule a Lighthouse presentation, please contact Nicole Mobley at nicole.mobley@LighthouseEducationCenter.org or (941) 359-1404 ext. 702.
Monday, January 17 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Our offices will be closed on January 17 in observance of the holiday.
Meet Our New Intern
The Lighthouse would like to extend a warm welcome to our new intern Alex DeWeerd. Raised in Clearwater, Alex graduated in 2018 with his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Florida. Currently, Alex is working towards his post-graduate degree from The Florida State University College of Medicine with an emphasis in Ophthalmology.
We are excited to have Alex interning with us this winter. Welcome aboard Alex!
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month
Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. It has no early symptoms – that is why half of people with glaucoma do not know they have it. Pressure inside the eye damages the optic nerve, which cannot be reversed. If diagnosed early, treatment can slow or halt its progression.
The only way to find out if you have glaucoma is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. There is no cure for glaucoma, but early treatment can often stop the damage and protect your vision.
Take advantage of your opportunity to purchase yourMobilent LED Pocket Magnifier at a fantastic discount.
Peepers Online Low Vision Store is the #1 authorized seller of Eschenbach electronic magnifiers, selling more than any retail store in Southwest Florida. Our expert technician is available by appointment only to assist you with a personalized hands-on evaluation for your magnification needs.
Phone: (941) 359-1404
Ready to be a Part of Something Big?
Support children, teens, adults and seniors affected by vision loss! With a donation of as little as $10 a month, you can provide blind and visually impaired individuals at NO COST with programs and services focused on adjusting to their loss of vision, mobility and white cane training, computer, tablet and mobile phone training, independence and advocacy, job services readiness and so much more. As a member of the Sustainers Club, your monthly donation will help Lighthouse build our community.
Join us at https://lighthouseeducationcenter.org/donate/monthly-giving/ or contact the Development Team at (941) 359-1404 ext. 702.
A State of Vision License Plate Supports Lighthouse
Support the blind and visually impaired community regain independence by purchasing “A State of Vision” license plate when you renew your auto tag. Funds from the sale of “A State of Vision” license plates are distributed to Florida Agencies Serving the Blind, Inc., which funds direct-support services to blind and visually impaired people. Specialty tag gift certificates are also available.
This license plate is a reminder to people on the road of our mission of hope and empowerment for the vision impaired. The Florida-inspired colors will also look great on your car! Information is on the website: https://myfloridaspecialtyplate.com/a-state-of-vision.html. Purchase your license plate today!
When You Smile, We all Smile!
While shopping on Amazon, remember to to purchase your goods through Smile.Amazon.com and select Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center as your designated charity. Shopping through AmazonSmile provides a portion of your purchases to be donated to the Lighthouse.