RECOGNIZING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF TAMPA LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 180
(Extensions of Remarks - December 11, 2015)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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   RECOGNIZING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF TAMPA LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND

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                          HON. DANIEL WEBSTER

                               of florida

                    in the house of representatives

                       Friday, December 11, 2015

  Mr. WEBSTER of Florida. Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to recognize 
the 75th anniversary of Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind. Tampa 
Lighthouse for the Blind has been serving individuals who are blind or 
visually impaired since 1940. Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind is 
dedicated to their mission to maximize independence and provide 
employment opportunities for persons who are blind or visually 
impaired.
   On-site comprehensive rehabilitation services are provided in their 
two locations in Florida: Tampa and Winter Haven. The training programs 
are designed to help individuals who have recently lost part or all of 
their vision gain the skills needed to perform daily tasks and maintain 
employment.
   Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind opened its first Winter Haven 
facility in 1993 to provide rehabilitation programs to residents in 
Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties. In 1995, the Winter Haven 
facility opened its Low Vision Clinic for individuals who have some 
remaining vision. At the Low Vision Clinic, an optometrist specialized 
in low vision, works to improve visual functioning through the 
utilization of low vision aids, visual rehabilitation techniques, or 
specialized training.
   Over the past 75 years, Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind has enriched 
the lives of individuals by providing them with the opportunity to gain 
greater independence and quality of life, and enjoy and benefit from 
participation in their communities. On behalf of the citizens of 
Central Florida, I applaud the efforts of those involved and the 
investments they are making in the lives of individuals with vision 
loss to provide them with job training, work experience and other tools 
necessary to lead independent, successful lives. I wish Tampa 
Lighthouse for the Blind many more years of quality service to our 
community.

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