Services for the blind and visually impaired

Baby holding a hand over one eye

Early Intervention Programs

Helping infants & young children who are blind or visually impaired to develop skills for independence and prepare for school.
Woman making salad

Independent Living Programs

Teaching individuals who are newly blind or visually impaired the skills needed to gain independence.
Man who is visually impaired working in grocery store

Employment Programs

Providing individuals who are blind or visually impaired with vocational training and employment opportunities.
Teen folding laundry in a laundromat

Transition for Teens

Preparing teens who are blind or visually impaired for college, the workforce and independent living.
Woman getting an eye exam

Low Vision Clinic

Providing low vision examinations, prescription glasses and electronic reading devices.

Maximizing Independence and Providing Employment Opportunities

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind provides on-site comprehensive rehabilitation programs for persons who are blind or visually impaired in two locations in Florida. On-site services are provided in Tampa and in Winter Haven for persons residing in Hillsborough, Polk, and Hardee counties.

Our training programs are designed to help individuals who have recently lost part or all of their vision to gain the skills needed to perform daily living tasks independently and maintain their employment. Rehabilitation Engineering services are provided Statewide by Lighthouse Assistive Technology Specialists to help blind or visually impaired individuals maintain their existing employment through the use of assistive technology and devices.

If you or someone you know has an uncorrectable visual impairment that significantly affects daily activities, or interferes with employment and employment related tasks, please refer to our eligibility guidelines to see if you or they qualify to receive some or all of our services.

Special Notice: Hurricane season starts June 1st. Now is the time to start thinking about where you will go if you need to be evacuated. Please use the following links to find information on Special Needs Shelters (qualification criteria and locations) in your area should you need to be evacuated.

Hillsborough County >

Polk County >

2018 Florida Unique Abilities Partner

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind, providing career and financial opportunities for persons who are blind or visually impaired, has once again been certified as a Florida Unique Abilities Partner by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.