Mission: To address the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions.
About the Organization: The was created in 2014 through the merger of Lighthouse International, founded in 1905 as the Lighthouse, and the Guild, established in 1914 as the New York Guild for the Jewish Blind. To enable the highest possible level of function and independence for the blind and visually impaired, the New York-based organization, which has locations and provides services in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester County, Albany, and Niagara Falls, works to integrate vision and healthcare services and expand access through education and community outreach.
Current Programs: The organization's include , which provides a range of services, from adaptive technology training to braille transcription services, designed to help people regain function and maximize their usable vision; , which includes primary and specialty care; various and ; and for healthcare professionals and caregivers. The organization's programs include a ; programs for , students, and ; and a for legally blind students that provides awards of up to $10,000. The organization also provides tele-support services for with visual impairment and their .
The organization's research activities include a , which conducts studies designed to translate scientific findings and technological advances into useful solutions for people living with vision loss, and three annual awards: the , the , and the .
Website: Visitors to the can watch or listen to a about the organization’s work, learn about its , or browse a range of , including blindness and cataracts, diabetes and macular degeneration, and . Visitors also can book an with a doctor or log in to a and/or ; purchase adaptive devices and other products at the online ; sign up for the Lighthouse Guild ; and/or make a .
Funding: The Lighthouse Guild is funded by program and service revenue, grants, and individual donations.