Due to damage caused by Hurricane Ian, the Lighthouse office is under construction.
We have temporarily moved to:
1506 Bayshore Gardens Pkwy Bradenton, FL 34207

+1 (941) 359-14047318 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
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The Lighthouse Story

CEO Alexandra Elman-Foley
Lighthouse CEO, Alexandra Elman-Foley

In 1985, Mana-Sota Lighthouse for the Blind was created to provide critically needed services to blind and visually impaired individuals in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The concept was only a vision until a group of devoted individuals, who themselves were visually impaired, worked together with area eye specialists and community donors to secure funding and the 501(c)(3) status for the new nonprofit.

While the original intent of the founders of Mana-Sota Lighthouse for the Blind was to provide services to assist blind and visually impaired adults in their daily lives, over the next 35 years, Lighthouse has expanded its service area to include three new counties, incorporate new programs to include children and young adults and updated the services including daily living skills, assistive technology, job skills, access to technology, support groups and many other tools to help clients, with vision loss, maintain their independence and improve their quality of life. Since its inception, our programs and services have reached thousands of children, youth, adults and seniors.

Today, Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center, based in Sarasota, Florida is the only nationally accredited, not-for-profit organization providing rehabilitation training at no cost to the blind and visually impaired residing in a five-county region that includes Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Charlotte, and Highlands.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

We are not the same and that is our greatest strength. At Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center, we recognize that supporting diversity, equity and inclusion is in good conscience, ethical and right and educates and empowers our team more. 

Our strength comes from our diversity and we celebrate the qualities that make each person unique, no matter their gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability. We ensure that all voices are valued and heard. 

We are committed to modeling diversity and maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all as an equal opportunity employer.