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.

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Early O & M Concepts

See our Orientation and Mobility Instructor working with one of our 3 year olds on cane skills and everyday concepts like wading in water and splashing versus swimming. For little ones with vision loss, learning by hands on experiences is crucial!

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