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Strength Through Community

Kim Sorrel first came to Lighthouse in search of community. She and her family come from a strong faith tradition and they credit Lighthouse for helping to strengthen that faith by introducing them to a supportive community of parents raising children who live with vision loss.

Kim’s daughter, Hannah, was born with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. Hannah’s optic nerves—the key component for sight, never fully developed.

“A few weeks after her birth I began to wonder how long it takes for a newborn to begin to focus on objects. I was concerned, but our pediatrician helped us to feel at peace as he continued to affirm her health in all other areas.”

When Hannah was about three months old, her pediatrician referred Kim to a pediatric ophthalmologist...

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Message from the President

Believe it or not we are in the final quarter of the year! Our new fiscal year has begun and our goals for the next 11 months are ambitious, yet achievable. As we look toward 2016 we pledge to increase our reach in providing life changing, vision specific education, vision rehabilitation and employment services to Central Florida’s community of blind and visually impaired, while helping to support and educate their families, friends, colleagues and employers. This critical work of empowerment could not be possible without your unwavering support...

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Giving Time, Talent, Treasure...and Family!

Donna Sacca-Law is the Lab Manager for a major cancer-care center here in Orlando; she is also a longtime supporter of Lighthouse Central Florida and the mother of a son who lives with vision loss. Donna’s first encounter with Lighthouse was back when it was still known as the Center for Independence, Training and Education (CITE) and operating out of Valencia College. Then, as now, it remains the only private, nonprofit agency offering a complete range of vision-specific services to Central Floridians, of all ages, who are blind or visually impaired...

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Ballrooms & Brain Tumors: One Man's Journey

Larry Silverberg’s first indication that his vision was failing happened when he was behind the wheel of his vehicle.

“My depth perception was the first thing to go. I’d be driving along the highway, see a car ahead of me, maintain my speed thinking there was enough distance and all of a sudden I’d slam on the brakes because the car would be right on top of me! I was constantly misjudging the distance of other motorists and driving became a scary ordeal.”

A retired software salesman originally from the Bronx, 70 year old Silverberg developed a passion for ballroom dancing in his 50s...

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Upcoming Events

December 1, 2015 - #GivingTuesday is coming up!
Giving Tuesday
Created by the 92nd Street Y (92Y) and celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a movement that aims to bring together individuals, communities and organizations in the spirit of giving; 30,000 partners around the world participated in #GivingTuesday 2014. Expect to hear from the Lighthouse team on ways in which you can get involved this year! Visit and click the banner to support Lighthouse through #GivingTuesday!

March 5, 2016 - 27th Annual Sight & Sole WalkFest!

2016 Sight and Sole WalkFestThis year, the Sight & Sole WalkFest will take place at Harbor Park at Lake Baldwin located at 4990 New Broad Street in Orlando from 4PM-7PM. This annual event will feature great family entertainment, live music, prizes for fundraising, a craft beer garden, tapas style food samplings, blindfolded wine and cheese pairing and much more. Join us and help raise awareness and crucial funds for Central Florida’s community of blind and visually impaired. Sign up at; or contact Ileah Vazquez for details: 407-898-2483 ext. 235 or

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