The East Texas Lighthouse provides training, services and a variety of programs for clients aged kindergarten through life. Whether it’s helping children through training and social programs, assisting teens transitioning into adulthood, or providing adults with training and equipment as their vision changes, our services are geared toward empowering all to remain productive in their daily lives.
The Low Vision Store carries high-quality adaptive technology and low-vision devices featuring a wide range of magnifiers, screen readers, and talking devices to assist in the home or office. Tools range from high-tech to incredibly low-tech, and training is available for all. Guests can try out various items to see what works best for their needs.
The store is located at 411 West Front Street in Tyler and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 am – 4 pm.
For students with low vision, moving out and heading to college is a big step, and can be even more daunting without a local network. The ETLB College Prep Program allows recent high school graduates to experience college firsthand while receiving ongoing transition support and training from its staff.
During this five-week summer program, College Prep participants enroll in a three credit hour Learning Frameworks course at Tyler Junior College (TJC) and live independently on TJC’s campus while receiving skills training at ETLB in the areas of O&M, ADL, assistive technology (AT), and postsecondary education and career preparation. Students will also get the opportunity to explore the Tyler area and participate in recreational and leisure activities.
This year’s program is offered July 7 – August 9.
We believe in removing barriers and creating opportunities for those who are blind or visually impaired. Our scholarships could help cover school-related expenses such as tuition, books, supplies, technology, housing, and transportation. The program is more than just financial support as students receive ongoing case management, ensuring a holistic approach to success.
All scholarship applications are reviewed and awarded each semester based on previous semester’s performance. Eligibility requirements include a minimum GPA of 2.0 and acceptance into an accredited college or university within the state.
Scholarships provide assistance to eligible blind persons and their dependents enrolled or seeking enrollment in regionally accredited post–secondary institutions. The program also aides in the purchase and/or loaning of adaptive technology and equipment.
Please note: Funding amounts are based on demonstrated need, student performance, and amount of funding available. Funding limits are based on funding availability and may vary between semesters.
Spring 2024 Scholarship Application and Renewal Deadline is November 27th.
We believe that when you combine eager learners with marketable skills, you find magic. Our approach is simple: Empower blind and visually impaired individuals to be efficient and proficient in the most widely used business software systems in the world while creating an inclusive environment, lasting professional relationships, and confidence to ensure continued success.
Assistive Technology Training empowers individuals of any technology skill level to fully engage in our technological world. This flexible course offers training on each user’s choice of assistive technologies and office applications. ATT courses are customized to a student’s starting skill level, learning style, and goals. Commonly covered topics include:
MOBI equips beginner-level computer users with intermediate technology skills. During this fast-paced, two-week, synchronous learning course, students master intermediate navigational skills, features, and commands in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Chrome, and ZoomText, Magnifier, NVDA, or JAWS.
MOBI is the perfect starting place for beginners interested in the ProMOTEcourse.
Qualified Assistive Technology instructors are vital for the continued success of those who are blind. The Assistive Technology Instructor Program is a unique opportunity for practitioners in this vital role to expand their professional capabilities in a formalized training program which is designed and delivered by AT instructors working in the field.
ATIP promotes excellence in AT instruction by developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of current and future instructors. ATIP is a fast-paced, four-week experience covering an extensive curriculum. In addition to core Assistive Technology concepts, students gain knowledge essential to their effectiveness as instructors such as learning theory, teaching strategies, and more.
Our ATIP course reinforces new concepts and encourages learning through hands-on application, small groups, game-based learning, and interactive activities throughout this synchronous professional development experience.
Since the origination of the program, almost 60% of our graduates have achieved career advancement of some type. All agree they are more equipped as AT Instructors!
ProMOTE takes users with intermediate technology skills to the next level and prepares them for competitive, upwardly mobile, computer-based careers. ProMOTE is an intensive, four-week, synchronous learning course allowing students to master expert-level navigational skills, features, and commands in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Chrome, and either JAWS or ZoomText.
ProMOTE simulates a modern remote-work environment with a full-time schedule, hands-on and timed assignments, and continuous, simultaneous use of multiple office applications and web conferencing programs.