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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I donate or volunteer at the Lighthouse?

You can Donate here. For additional information, please use the “How To Help” menu above. Thank you for your support!

Are you open for services?

The Lighthouse of Broward is now open to seeing clients in-person by appointment at our Fort Lauderdale facility. We also offer remote instruction via phone, online meeting platforms, and outreach instruction within the community.

Who qualifies for services?

The Lighthouse of Broward provides services to people who are blind or visually impaired of all ages. In most cases, our services are at no charge to the individual. For more information on the programs and services we offer, check out the “Services” menu above.

How do I sign up for services?

Individuals and/or family members can contact the Lighthouse online or by phone at 954-463-4217. Referrals from doctor’s offices or social services agencies are also welcome.

Is transportation available?

Broward County's paratransit service for people with disabilities, called TOPS, provides round-trip transportation for adult clients to the Lighthouse of Broward at 5901 Del Lago Circle in Sunrise. In some cases, children may qualify to receive transportation to our programs. For more information on TOPS, you may visit Broward County Transit Website.

Can I visit the Lighthouse?

Due to COVID-19, we are available by appointment only. Please call 954-463-4217 and ask to speak with a case manager who can schedule you for an in-person visit. You will get first-hand experience of our services and all of your questions will be answered. Our case managers can assist you with your application for our services if you so desire.

Is the Lighthouse of Broward part of a nationwide network of Lighthouses for the Blind?

No, while the Lighthouse of Broward shares a common name with other agencies that serve people who are blind or visually impaired, we are an independent, private, not-for-profit organization. All of the funds we receive are used exclusively by our organization to serve people who are blind or visually impaired in and around Broward County.

Can my group have a speaker make a presentation on these questions and the services of the Lighthouse of Broward?

Absolutely! Lighthouse of Broward offers in-service training to groups of all ages in schools, businesses, government offices, and community organizations. Please call Jose at 954-463-4217 extension 141 to make arrangements.

Are there any openings to join the Lighthouse staff?

Please see our Employment page for the latest employment opportunities.

What is a low vision exam?

A low vision exam helps determine the best ways to maximize your current level of vision. A comprehensive low vision examination is very thorough, taking 2-3 times longer than a regular eye examination. It’s important to have a comprehensive low vision examination, performed by an ophthalmologist who specializes in low vision, to determine whether specialized low vision optical devices, better lighting, large-print reading materials, or other types of training, such as vision rehabilitation services, can help use current functional vision more effectively. 

How do I make an appointment with the NSU for a Low Vision Examination?

You can contact NSU Low Vision Clinic at 954-463-4217 extension 122, or 954-262-4209

Is there a store at the Lighthouse?

No, but the Lighthouse does have a limited supply of items to assist with daily living, such as talking watches, bump dots, bold markers, and signature guides.

I have a question not listed here, who do I contact?

Please contact us at 954-463-4217 or via our Contact Us page