(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – Forty Broward County children who are experiencing low vision symptoms will be able to receive free eye exams at the Lighthouse of Broward thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Broward. The $10,000 grant will cover special low vision evaluations for children ages infant to 12 years old as well as any special equipment required, such as glasses or magnifiers. 


The Low Vision Clinic is operated at the Lighthouse of Broward facilities at 650 North Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale through a partnership with the Nova Southeastern University School of Optometry.

Children who receive these exams through March 2011 will be referred to the Lighthouse through Broward County Public Schools. Valerie Scott is the director of the Exception Student Education program for students who are visually impaired.

“Students who are visually impaired can improve their learning and performance tremendously with the proper equipment,” said Scott. “This program will enable students get the evaluations and aids they need to succeed.”

Lighthouse of Broward Executive Director Elly duPré added that this grant helps with a substantial unmet need in the school system. “There are as many as 300 students in Broward County who are blind or visually impaired,” she said. “This grant will go a long way in helping children get the evaluations they desperately need without adding a financial burden on their families.”

“Helping children receive the tools they need to be successful is one of the greatest contributions we can make,” said Linda Carter, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward. “We are pleased to be able to support the Lighthouse of Broward and a program that is so needed in our community.”

About the Community Foundation of Broward

Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward's mission is to provide leadership on community solutions, and foster philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. A public nonprofit organization with more than 400 Charitable Funds and agency endowments representing $90 million, it has distributed $45 million to support community solutions over the past 26 years. As a community leader, it convenes citizens around critical issues, and builds the capacity of the nonprofit sector to respond to these issues. For more information about the Community Foundation of Broward, visit www.cfbroward.org or call 954-761-9503.

Lighthouse of Broward

The Lighthouse of Broward is a 501 ( c ) 3 charity that serves blind and visually impaired babies, adults and seniors. All services are tailored to meet individual needs, based on assessments conducted by certified professionals. These professionals identify the exact skills needed for the Lighthouse client to achieve maximum independence.

Accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness or Visual Impairment (NAC), Lighthouse of Broward is a United Way partner agency and member of the Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind and is sponsored by State of Florida, Department of Education/Division of Blind Services. Operating funds are raised through grants and donations from individual and corporate supporters.

If you know someone who is blind or visually impaired or would like to make a donation, contact the Lighthouse at 954-463-4217 or 650 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 or donate online: www.LHOB.org.

Ellen Schulman
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