Funding and Affiliations
Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NAC). NAC evaluates participating agencies by nationally accepted standards which are used to evaluate quality of services and programs.
National Industries for the Blind
National Industries for the Blind (NIB) allocates purchase contracts of the federal government to qualified associated industries for the blind including Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind. NIB is designated by the President’s Committee for Purchase from Blind and Other Severely Handicapped to make such allocations to industries for the blind.
Sources of Funding
Division of Blind Services
Rehabilitation and service programs are funded in part by contract with the State of Florida, Department of Education, Division of Blind Services.
United Way Suncoast
As a member agency of the United Way Suncoast, Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. receives a significant portion of its financial support from annual United Way campaigns for the Hillsborough Community.
United Way of Central Florida
As a member agency of the United Way of Central Florida, Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. receives a portion of its financial support from annual United Way campaigns for Central Florida.
Other Funding Sources
Include the City of Winter Haven, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners. Additional funding is provided by charitable foundations, and donations by private citizens, and various clubs and organizations.
Disability Rights of Florida
Disability Rights Florida has been established for the purpose of assisting clients/applicants with:
- Understanding services available through DBS;
- Pursuing appropriate remedies to ensure the protection of client’s rights; and
- Helping to resolve any dissatisfaction that the client may have with regard to the furnishing or denial of services from DBS through the processes of informal, mediation, or formal reviews.
Disability Rights Florida’s services are free and independent of all state agencies providing services to individuals with disabilities. Disability Rights Florida is a statewide program and can be contacted by calling toll-free: 1-800-342-0823 (voice) or 1-800-346-4127 (TDD).