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9th Annual Florida Vision Summit

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 by Lighthouse Central Florida

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9th Annual Florida Vision SummitLighthouse is excited to be participating in next month’s annual Florida Vision Summit, scheduled to take place at the state capitol in Tallahassee. State Representative Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) and Ms. Ronee Silverman, president of the nonprofit Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind (FAASB), recently announced that the annual Florida Vision Summit will return to the State Capitol for a ninth consecutive year on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Cane Quest

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 by Dylan Buhain

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Cane QuestThe Transition for Teens program of Lighthouse Central Florida was proud to participate for the first time in Cane Quest. Cane Quest is a state competition started by the Braille Institute in southern California to encourage students who are blind or visually impaired, to have a better understanding of their white cane skills...

Transition Gala

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 by Dylan Buhain

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Transition GalaThe Teens in Transition program at Lighthouse Central Florida recently held its annual gala at the Second Harvest Food Bank warehouse here in Orlando.

The gala is a way for the Transition students to thank all of the employers, parents, and Lighthouse staff for the opportunities provided to them during the year. The students are responsible for the venue, the menu, the layout, and the invitations.

Early Intervention Field Trip

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 by Susan Mayton

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Early Intervention Field TripOn Friday, October 10th, Lighthouse’s Early Intervention (EI) program went on a fall field trip to Green Meadows Farm in Kissimmee. Twenty one families with over 50 family members, including moms, dads, grandparents, siblings and friends joined with EI staff to participate in this wonderful outing.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 by L C Benson

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness MonthOctober is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and I wanted to use this post to briefly reflect on what this means to me by sharing a bit of my story.

I feel blessed…there’s no other way to put it. The last few months have been nothing short of AWESOME!!...

Meet Jerry Cochran, Lighthouse Central Florida's 2014 Public Ally

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 by Jerry Cochran

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Headshot of Jerry CochranHello, hi, howdy! My name is Jerry Cochran Jr. I'm a son, an uncle, a sports fanatic, and a man who is passionate about empowering members of our community. As of September 02, 2014, I'm a proud member of Public Allies Central Florida! Public Allies is an not-for-profit organization that believes that “everyone leads”...

Columbia Restaurant's 17th Annuall Community Harvest

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida

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Columbia Restaurant's 17th Annual Community Harvest!Lighthouse Central Florida is excited to be a part of Columbia Restaurants's 17th Annual Community Harvest!

What is it?
During the entire month of September, Columbia Restaurant donates 5% of all guests’ lunch and dinner checks to worthy central Florida nonprofit organizations. ...

Two Reactions to’s: "Five Shocking Ways the Modern World Screws Blind People"

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 by Kyle Coon & Marinela Ortiz

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Two Reactions to’s: Last week an article provocatively titled, “Five Shocking Ways the Modern World Screws Blind People” made its way around the Internet stirring up interest and sparking debate within both the blind /visually impaired (BVI) community and the sighted community.

First posted on the humor site,, the author, who is sighted, unflinchingly lays out what he characterizes as abuses faced by the BVI community by elements within the sighted community. Having a father and three uncles who are blind, the author draws upon intimate, first-hand knowledge of these perceived injustices.