Health—General & Rehabilitative

Lighthouse International

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.lighthouse.org

Mission Statement

Lighthouse International is dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowermet.

Main Programs

  1. Low Vision Center
  2. The Child Development Center
  3. The Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg
  4. Professional Services
  5. Volunteer Resources

service areas

International

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ruling year

1942

chief executive for fy 2009

Mr. Mark G. Ackermann

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Keywords

Lighthouse,Lighthouse International,vision,vision loss,vision impairment,low vision,eye diseases,blind

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EIN

13-1096620

Physical Address

111 East 59th Street

New York, NY 10022 1202

Also Known As

The Lighthouse

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Low Vision Center

Vision loss that cannot be corrected by ordinary glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery is called "low vision." If you have low vision, it's important to maximize the vision you have, and Lighthouse International's Low Vision Clinical Practice can help you do just that.

Our doctors are internationally renowned, pioneers in the field of low vision and provide comprehensive low vision exams to pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Bruce Rosenthal is Chief of Low Vision Programs, and Dr. Eleanor Faye is Medical Director.
Meet our team!
The low vision specialists perform functional vision examinations using specialized testing procedures to maximize your vision. These tests not only include traditional visual acuity tests for distance and near, but contrast tests and other evaluations to determine how well a patient sees faces, street signs, newspaper print and all the other visual cues that help guide us through our days. A unique pediatric clinic is also available for the examination of infants and children with early onset vision loss.

The low vision team works very closely with other rehabilitation professionals to ascertain that patients receive the full complement of services that meet their needs. These specialists include occupational therapists(http://www.lighthouse.org/services-and-assistance/lifestyle-independence/occupational-therapy/) , vision rehabilitation therapists(http://www.lighthouse.org/services-and-assistance/low-vision-clinical-services/rehabilitation-services/) , and orientation and mobility specialists(http://www.lighthouse.org/services-and-assistance/lifestyle-independence/orientation-mobility-training/) . Social workers are an integral part of the team, and provide counseling and other services to patients, as needed.

Category

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines

Budget

$2,816,000.00

Population Served

Blind and Vision Impaired

Program 2

The Child Development Center

A Quality, Fun Preschool with Special Education Services and Universal Pre-Kindergarten for Everyone!

Lighthouse International welcomes boys and girls from two through five years to attend our integrated preschool which is also approved as a Universal Pre-Kindergarten program by the New York City Department of Education.

 Children who are visually impaired learn alongside their sighted peers in our preschool for a more enriching educational experience. Our curriculum is designed to maximize learning and growth while children enjoy creative and fun activities, make new friends and discover new experiences in a safe and nurturing environment. A smart, convenient choice: We have a certified, highly trained and nurturing staff, a small teacher-student ratio and reasonable fees.

 Summer Enrollment Update - we still have openings for our July and August. Be sure to enroll today!

 Preschool Features

Photo of kids playing and learning

    * An extended-day preschool option, which runs until 5:30 pm

    * A maximum of 12 students per 1 teacher and 2 assistants

    * Master's Degree level teachers; teachers of the visually impaired; speech, occupational and physical therapists; and music teachers

    * Well rounded, fun activities: extensive early childhood curricula, physical education, strong emphasis on literacy, outdoor play area, neighborhood field trips and community outings

    * Computers in every classroom, with age-appropriate programs

   * Multi-lingual staff

    * New Lighthouse Parent Center which offers extensive training, classes, workshops and fun events for all parents of Child Development Center students. The Center is run by a Parent Coordinator, with a high level of decision making by parents from the school's Parent Focus Group.

    * Parent Center toy and book lending program

Category

Education

Budget

$3,374,000.00

Population Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Program 3

The Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg

Lighthouse International's renowned music school, is the nation's only music school dedicated to helping people pursue their interest in, and study of, music while overcoming the challenges posed by vision loss.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Budget

Population Served

Blind and Vision Impaired

Program 4

Professional Services

Center for Professional Education
Arlene R. Gordon Research Institute
Policy and Evaluation

Category

Budget

Population Served

Blind and Vision Impaired

Program 5

Volunteer Resources

However you choose to help, we're here to support you along the way. We provide training in some specialized service areas when needed. We appreciate your time and commitment, and will tailor opportunities to fit your schedule. We offer flexibility; you can volunteer during the day, evening or on Saturdays. And you can help on a regular basis or periodically.

Category

Budget

Population Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

service areas

International

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Lighthouse International
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Lighthouse International

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Mark G. Ackermann

BIO

Mark G. Ackermann served in various senior management positions at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center beginning in 1983, and held the position of Chief Administrative Officer of the hospital’s successor corporation, St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers of New York (SVCMC) until June 2007. He was also President of the SVCMC Foundation and successfully undertook a $100 million capital fundraising campaign, which included funding for the proposed new Rudolph W. Giuliani Trauma Center at St. Vincent's Manhattan. Mr. Ackermann and the management team expanded the ophthalmology department and created a strong working relationship with the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. His executive management skills were honed as Interim President and CEO of St. Clare’s Hospital and Health Center during the mid-‘90s. Other responsibilities over the years included external affairs, clinical services, medical education and advocacy.

In 2007-08, Mr. Ackermann served as the Special Assistant to Edward Cardinal Egan and Executive Director of the Office of the Papal Visit for the Archdiocese of New York. He was responsible for all aspects of the visit by Pope Benedict XVI in April 2008, coordinating the planning and execution of eight major events, working with all federal, state and city agencies involved and offices of the Vatican and the Archdiocese of New York. More recently, he was a management and fundraising consultant to several New York area hospitals and non-profit organizations.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Roger O. Goldman

Berkshire Opportunity Fund

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