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March 2022 eNews

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Lighthouse Spotlight

Periodically, we will spotlight the many staff at Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center. This month we spotlight Vision Rehabilitation Specialist, Nathan LaForte. Be sure to tune for future “Lighthouse Spotlight” videos.

Click play on the video below to watch and hear Nathan’s story.

To read more client stories, visit


Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center works with children, teens, adults and seniors affected by vision loss to gain independence and self-sufficiency. Our programs and services are provided at NO COST to every person we serve. These services are provided at NO COST because of individuals like you. We hope you will continue to donate to the Lighthouse by clicking the donate button.

New Crossing Signal in Avon Park

Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center clients and staff recently met with a representative from the Florida Department of Transportation in Avon Park, Florida. The purpose of this meeting was to submit an application to FDOT and discuss the installation of an audible pedestrian crossing signal at the downtown intersection of Main Street and Lake Avenue. This would be the first signal of its kind to be installed in Avon Park.

Click play on the video below to hear more about the the Avon Park crossing signal.

24-Hour Giving Challenge Returns in April 2022

We are excited to participate in the upcoming 2022 Giving Challenge. The challenge begins on Tuesday, April 26 at Noon and ends 24-hours later on Wednesday, April 27 at Noon. The Giving Challenge, presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, brings together nearly 700 local nonprofits to raise millions in unrestricted donations creating transformational change in our region. The funds raised by Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center will go directly back into our community and continue to help to educate and empower those affected by vision loss so they may enjoy happy, healthy and independent lives.

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Remember that something as simple as putting on a pair of safety glasses can help prevent serious eye injuries in the workplace. These injuries are not only painful, but they can cause many lost days of work and sometimes lead to permanent vision loss. Although March is designated as Workplace Eye Wellness Month, it is important to remember to wear your safety glasses year round.

March Madness Is Here

Join us for the month of March for our daily online sessions and clubs. Everyone is welcomed to learn a new skill or participate in a club in order to enter into the March Madness drawing (one entry per session attended). At the end of the month, three winners will be chosen in a random drawing. You do not have to be present at the drawing to win. The more sessions you attend, the greater your chances are to win.

For more information contact: Terri Sweat

Wednesday, March 23 is World Optometry Day

Shop Peepers Online

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Take advantage of your opportunity to purchase your SmartLux Digital Handheld 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.

*Click here to schedule an APPOINTMENT for a personalizedone-to-one consultation for magnification devices.

Email: Peepers@LighthouseEducationCenter.org

Phone: (941) 359-1404

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Ready to be a Part of Something Big?

Join the Sustainers Club!

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!

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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.

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