Youth & Family

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Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind helps children who are blind or visually impaired develop the social and academic skills and self confidence to lead independent and fulfilling lives. Through its children’s programs and services, CLB provides important instruction for infants and toddlers, supports academic learning and social skills development as children grow, and is a resource for parents, families and schools.

Annual Events

  • Beeping Egg Hunt
  • Braille Rallye
  • Holiday Celebration, and much more!

Camp Lighthouse

Camp Lighthouse, a one-week day camp is held for children between the ages of 6 and 12 and includes games, recreation, arts and crafts, braille activities, field trips and special guests. Please click here to view photographs from Camp Lighthouse 2017.

To learn about about how to register a child and/or to volunteer at Camp Lighthouse, contact Patti Lyman at plyman@clb.org or (240) 737-5136.

Encouraging Literacy & Learning

Events such as the Braille Rallye, the MG Car Rallye, encourage children to improve their braille and literacy skills in fun and creative ways.

Teen Groups

CLB offers programs for teenagers who have low vision or are blind in the Washington, DC Region. For more information on these groups, please contact Patti Lyman at plyman@clb.org or (240) 737-5136.

Parents and Caregivers

CLB works closely with the DC Regional Chapter of NAPVI (National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments) to implement workshops and events for parents and family members. NAPVI is organization of, by and for parents committed to providing support to parents of children who have visual impairments.

Resources and Community Partners

CLB encourages the sharing of information and resources in our community. We work with local and national organizations to provide information that is valuable for the growth and development of our children and families. As families transition to college, please refer to this helpful resource.

Check this page periodically for updates in the Children and Family Services department.

Parental Testimonials

“Hi Jocelyn. I just wanted to send a quick email to thank you and those at Columbia Lighthouse for all that you do. Your programs (especially swimming) have been such a breakthrough for Lucienne.

Best wishes and Happy New Year!

Sincerely, Kati and Jon Penney”