Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I visit the Lighthouse?
- Is the Lighthouse of Broward part of a nation-wide network of Lighthouses for the Blind?
- Is transportation provided?
- Who qualifies for services?
- What is legal blindness?
- Can my group have a speaker make a presentation on these questions and the services of the Lighthouse of Broward?
- How can I donate or help the Lighthouse?
Can I visit the Lighthouse?Yes, you are welcome to visit us. Please call 954-463-4217 and ask to speak with a Case Manager who can schedule you for an appointment. You will get firsthand experience of our services and all your questions will be answered. Our Case Managers can assist you with your application for our services, if you so desire.
Is the Lighthouse of Broward part of a nation-wide network of Lighthouses for the Blind?No, while the Lighthouse of Broward shares a common name with other agencies that serve people who are blind or visually impaired, we are an independent, private, not-for-profit organization. All the funds we receive are used exclusively by our organization to serve Broward County.
Is transportation provided?Broward County's special van service for disabled persons, called TOPS, provides round-trip transportation for adult clients to the Lighthouse of Broward at 650 North Andrews Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale. In some cases, Children may receive van transportation to our programs. Oftentimes, the shortest, most comfortable trip to our agency is the one arranged with family or friends.
Who qualifies for services?People who are blind or visually impaired and residents of Broward County qualify for services at no charge to the individual. In some cases, services may be available to non-residents for a fee. Scholarships are sometimes available for those who cannot afford the services. Since it can be difficult to determine the visual acuity of a child, admission for children is determined case-by-case.
What is legal blindness?Legal blindness defines the point at which a person's vision is so diminished that it substantially affects the ability to perform activities of daily living or work. Legal blindness also defines the entry level of eligibility for many government programs including Social Security disability, special transportation, waiver of Directory Assistance fees, and income tax and property tax deductions.
In Florida, the definition is stated in Florida Statute 413.03(1) as follows: "Blind" means an individual having central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting glasses or a disqualifying field defect in which the peripheral field has contracted to such an extent that the widest diameter or visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees.
What this basically means is that a legally blind person still can see, but only 10% or less of what a person with normal vision can see. Most people who are legally blind are not totally blind.
Can my group have a speaker make a presentation on these questions and the services of the Lighthouse of Broward?
Absolutely! Lighthouse of Broward offers in-service training to groups of all ages in schools, businesses, government offices and community organization meetings. Call 954-463-4217 to make arrangements.