Project provides inclusion for those with sight impairments

The mission of the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind (LVIB) is to educate, empower and employ people who are sight impaired and blind.

This rendering shows the new Sensory Garden and Accessible Playground that will be built at the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind in New Port Richey. (Courtesy of Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind)

The organization provides residents of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties with no-cost vision rehabilitation, and opportunities to maintain and increase independence.

Recently, LVIB hosted a groundbreaking for its new Sensory Garden and Accessible Playground that will be built at the New Port Richey Lighthouse, 9130 Ridge Road.

The project will be a one-of-a-kind resource because of its level of accessibility for people who are visually impaired and blind.

Sounds, textures, smells, and signage and other identifying markers will allow those with sight impairments to use all their senses to navigate and benefit from being outside.

The area will be used to teach people of all ages independent living skills and white cane skills. It also will keep them safe while they learn, play, relax and garden.

The design will incorporate a waterfall that guests can stand close to and touch, too.

There also will be a garden club and playdates with community groups, to increase learning and social integration.

To learn more about the Lighthouse, visit LVIB.org, or call (727) 815-0303.

Published March 25, 2020

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