Monday, January 7, 2013
Nonprofit moves office spaces in Riverdale Park, but still serves local residents.
Although they recently vacated their location at 6200 Baltimore Ave. in Riverdale Park, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind didn’t go far—the organization’s new local location just a few blocks away at 4404 Queensbury Rd., in suite 105. The offices in Riverdale Park are smaller, but the staff is still serving local residents. The move is actually the result of an expansion of the group's Silver Spring offices, according to Jocelyn Hunter, communications director at Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. Celebrating its 113th anniversary in May, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind is a nonprofit that provides a variety services for people who are deaf, blind and visually impaired throughout the DC metropolitan area. Services provided vary from job …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The weeklong program offers children the chance to do typical camp activities—with a few special provisions.
Mckenzie Warren is an 11-year-old who, like many little girls, attends a camp for one week every summer. Camp Lighthouse isn’t your typical summer camp, however. It’s hosted by Columbia Lighthouse for the blind and visually impaired, a nonprofit with locations in Riverdale Park, Silver Spring, and downtown Washington. Mckenzie has been coming to the camp for the past four or five years. She has albinism, a genetic disorder that can affect skin pigment, hair color and eye color, as well as causing vision problems, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. “I love that they know about the conditions,” she says. “I’ve been to a lot of summer camps before this, and they always ask about my condition, but the people here know it and …
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind provides cooking classes to help the visually-impaired cook.
The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind has been assisting the visually impaired in the greater Washington D.C. area for over 110 years. In a partnership with the local food bank the Lighthouse has created an adult services program to help teach the blind to cook. Once a week the group gets together to learn about nutrition, health and proper cooking techniques. This week the group focused on proteins, the proper ways to cook meat and how to be sure it is cooked without using sight.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
The annual event allows the visually-impaired to navigate a race by reading directions in braille or large print.
Editor's Note: There was a video posted with this piece originally, however, we are currently having technical difficulties. When we fix it, we'll repost this story with the video. A Riverdale Park-based organization that helps the visually-impaired co-hosted the Braille Rallye Saturday in Fairfax Station, VA. Folks from Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, located off Baltimore Avenue, got a chance to navigate the race by reading directions in braille or in large print, while their MG Car Club teammate drove the car.