Michael and Lynne Golder are the husband and wife duo behind the popular radio show, Blind & Beyond. The show, which is produced at the studios of WOKB 1680AM in Ocoee, serves as a bridge for dialogue between the sighted community and those living with vision loss.
Katrina Guensch is a former attorney from New York City who has resided in Central Florida with her husband Wayne for the past 28 years. Katrina was first exposed to Lighthouse Central Florida through her close, personal friend, Susan Johnson. Susan used to chair the board of directors at Lighthouse Central Florida, and her late son, Jake, received services at Lighthouse.
These past few months at Lighthouse Central Florida and Lighthouse Works have been incredibly busy as we head into the next quarter of the year. A lot of our focus of late has been on reimagining the future of vision services here in Central Florida.
The Transition for Teens program at Lighthouse provides young people, aged 13-22, who are vision impaired, the skills and experience they need to successfully transition from high school to postsecondary activities, such as college, vocational school and employment.
This year, the program will end for 22 year-old Micael and 19 year-old Eduardo. It’s a bittersweet time for both students and for the Transition program staff.
One of our longtime Customer Care professionals at Lighthouse Works, Bob DiBlasio, recently traveled to Rome, Italy with his family. What follows is his account of their trip to the Vatican, their encounter with Pope Francis, and what turns out to be a uniquely religious experience for the lifelong Catholic, who lives with vision loss.
Students and staff from Lighthouse’s School-Age program recently visited the, My Angel With Paws organization located in Deland. The group is a 100% volunteer based nonprofit committed to expanding public understanding and knowledge of the needs of children and adults with disabilities through the rescuing, breeding, training, placement and continuing education of service dogs and animal assisted therapy dogs in the state of Florida.
Starting June 13th, the transition students attended 80 hours of direct service time to develop pertinent skills needed to accomplish their summer work experiences. Lessons included mock interviews, a “what not to wear to work” fashion show, shopping for work place clothing, collecting job applications, calling community businesses, and honing their assistive technology skills