One goal of Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center is to promote independence among those who have lost, or are losing, their vision. But independence does not mean sitting alone at home. Getting out, navigating sidewalks as a pedestrian and using public transportation provide the mobility to remain an active part of the community.

Mobility is a skill taught by our instructors to keep individuals safe and confident in their travels. Using a white cane allows them to sense surfaces and obstacles while walking. It is also a visual signal to drivers to stop for those who do not see them coming. This is the White Cane Law in Florida, across the country and in many foreign lands.

The other part of the equation is making the streets, sidewalks and public spaces as safe as possible for the vision impaired and blind. One way Lighthouse participates is collaborating with local agencies and institutions, assessing safety concerns and accessibility on crosswalks and downtown sidewalks. Our trained instructors and family of clients provide a specialized sampling to advise what measures work and what can be improved.

The Ringling Museum goes far beyond access to offer cultural enrichment for low vision visitors. They have developed programs allowing visitors to experience artworks using methods other than sight, as confirmed by tours of our Adjustment to Vision Loss classes. 

Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center

7318 North Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, Florida 34243

(941) 359-1404