Lighthouse of Broward County

General Information

Lighthouse of Broward County
650 North Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale Florida 1 33311
(954) 463 4217

Brief Description

A local group of blind persons, volunteers and professionals formed the Lighthouse of Broward in 1973. Since then, the small agency created to provide social support and recreational activities for blind people has grown into an accredited, full service educational and rehabilitation agency. Every day, the staff at the Lighthouse strives to further its mission to enhance the independence, productivity, and quality of life of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired.


Eric Barrette,

Eric Barrette, Director of Technology

Ellyn Drotzer , Executive Director

Steve Matson, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Pat Schneider, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist

Cindy Wolke, TVI, Early Intervention Teacher

Services Offered

  • Advocacy
    • Geriatric Care Management for local seniors and their families (local or out of area) to facilitate aging in place (in one's own home).

  • Assessment
    • Conducts vision and skills screening for all clients.

  • Assistive Products
    • Wide array of assistive products available on loan and through Florida Reading and Vision Technology Center retail store, on-site.

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides braille instruction.

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Braille menus and other materials requested, except textbooks.

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides training in adaptive computer technology, mobile technology, basic computer use, and internet and email.

  • Counseling
    • Offers evaluation; peer support groups; individual, group, and family counseling; referral to community services. Refers for other counseling/social work services.

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training for children, teens and adults.<br><br> Adult training is available in personal management, home management, functional kitchen skills, kitchen safety, adaptive communications skills and devices, keyboarding, braille, computers and adaptive technology, and adjustment to vision loss counseling and support groups. Both center-based instruction and home-based services. Focus is on providing training in independent living skills and skills for vocational rehabilitation.

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Teaches skills related to identifying personal vocational goals, understanding the expectations of the workplace, building confidence, writing resumes, completing job applications and basic interviewing.

  • In-Home Services
    • Low Vision Therapy and independent living skills training in home of seniors and frail adults.

  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information on local agencies and government services and refers to other agencies.

  • Low Vision Devices
    • Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.

  • Low Vision Services
    • Low vision clinic staffed by Nova Southeastern University optometrist. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices. Followup in our independent living skills training.

  • Services for Seniors

  • Support Groups
    • Offers support groups.

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.