September 30

Light House for the Blind New Orleans (LightHouse Louisiana)


Lighthouse Low Vision Clinic

“When your vision is changing and there’s nothing left your eye doctor can do,  the Lighthouse can help. We’re here to help you cope with and maximize your ability to use your remaining vision. Our Low Vision Clinic is staffed by Occupational Therapists that specialize in low vision. They will help you get the most out of your remaining vision through the use of magnification, visual aids training or adaptation. All you need is a referral from your eye doctor.”

Lighthouse Adult Vision Services

Lighthouse Louisiana offers a full roster of services to meet the needs of adults who are blind or visually impaired in the community. An overview of their offerings is below, but you can get more information about any of these services by calling (504) 899-4501 ext. 290 or (225) 275-1200 ext. 290.

New Vision Program

Hands-on assistance is available to help develop the basic adaptive techniques necessary to function independently with vision loss. Topics include meal preparation, money management, organizing your home and more.

Next Step Program

This program helps students achieve advanced independence by developing orientation and mobility skills, community integration skills and recreational interests.

Orientation & Mobility Services

Let Lighthouse Louisiana help you safely navigate your world and take back control of your life with orientation and mobility training. The way you travel affects every aspect of your life, including your ability to care for yourself, your job options, your social life and both your mental and physical well-being.

Does your visual impairment cause you to:

– Lean over to see the ground?

– Worry about bumping, tripping or falling?

– Feel anxious about going out of the

house or beyond familiar areas?

– Avoid crowds, parties and other gatherings?

– Depend too much on others

to help you run errands?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may wish to pursue Orientation & Mobility (O&M) training. This is training specifically for people who are visually impaired to teach the skills needed to move and travel safely and independently.

Learning to use a long white cane is an option but not a requirement of O&M training. You can choose the skills you want to work on.

*Lighthouse provides instruction in O&M at the New Orleans and Baton Rouge campuses and on-location at individual homes, schools or businesses.

Social Services

Losing your sight is a frustrating experience. If you’re at a loss as to how to move forward, you’re not alone. A licensed social worker is available to help you connect with community resources, learn self-advocacy and manage personal issues related to vision loss including issues with housing, transportation, mental health and public benefits.

Support Group

Monthly support groups are held, which meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Uptown location from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. The group is facilitated by a licensed social worker who plans each discussion around the needs and interests of the group participants. Topics include fears after sight loss, changes in friend or family relationships after sight loss, changes in personality and appearance after sight loss and more. The support group is ongoing and clients are welcome to attend as often as they choose.

Assistive Technology

There’s no need to feel intimidated by computers or smartphones, or feel like your blindness or vision loss prevents you from using the Internet.

The world of technology is rapidly evolving, but Lighthouse is here to help you feel confident when you use a computer or smartphone and to help you decide which piece of technology will benefit you most. Free typing classes are offered, customized technology assessments and training to help narrow down which types of technology will most benefit you. You’ll then receive personalized training on its hardware and software.

The Lighthouse also offers Tap Tap Tuesday on the first Tuesday of every month for introductory lessons to using smartphones and tablets. You can learn how to use your device to identify money, read the labels on items in your home such as cans or DVDs, and much more.

Fun 101 (Recreation Programs and Activities)

“We love providing an environment that fosters meaningful relationships between clients in these programs, and we don’t want to see those relationships end when programs are completed. Fun 101 is a monthly open house for participants in vision rehab programs who are interested in maintaining social contact with their friends at Lighthouse. The program includes guest speakers, interactive activities, exploration of the arts, performances, parties, and more. Application required.”

Light House for the Blind New Orleans – LightHouse Louisiana
Address:
123 State Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (504) 899-4501
Website: https://lighthouselouisiana.org

Baton Rouge Location:
2773 N Flannery Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70814
Phone: (225) 275-1200


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