Parent Tele-Support Presentations

The Parent Tele-Support Presentations program provides information about topics related to parenting a child with vision loss. Topics are selected by parents who participate in the Parent Tele-Support Program and include child development, education, advocacy, among others. Presentations are given by experts in the field of blindness and visual impairment.

August 19, 8:30-9:30pm EDT

Getting Ready For School: Tips and Strategies

Helpful tips for parents when preparing to return to school or begin school for the first time. Tips include simple strategies and resources to make the transition easier for parents, children and teachers. Suggestions for helping schools and staff prepare for a student with a visual impairment in their classroom will also be given.

Nancy Doyle is a New York State Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) with over 15 years of experience teaching children with visual impairments and other disabilities. Teaching experience has primarily been in preschool settings and as an early intervention home and center-based provider.


Monday, September 16, 2019 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT

Lighthouse Guild Tele-Support presents: Creating the Optimal Vision Environment

This presentation will pay particular attention to the leading problems of vision loss in children such as central loss, peripheral loss, overall blur, color deficiencies and issues related to CVI and their implication for designing accessible environments. Issues of Lighting, Color Contrast, Reduction of Glare, Safety Considerations, and Environmental Control will be reviewed as the more important factors needed in creating the optimal environment. Examples of vision friendly spaces will be shown so please log on to your computer if possible.

Gordon Rovins, MS, CEAC, Director of Special Programs, has been with Lighthouse Guild for 30 years. As Director of Special Programs, he oversees the LGI Vision Science Awards programs (Bressler Prize and Pisart Award) and the LGI College Scholarship program. He is a Certified Environmental Access Consultant with an expertise on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Federal Fair Housing Act. He received his MS degree in Environmental Psychology from Polytechnic University and has over 35 years’ experience working with people with disabilities. Before assuming his present position at Lighthouse Guild, Mr. Rovins was Director of Joselow House, a residential facility for adults who are blind and developmentally disabled. He is a co-author of a curriculum developed for The American Occupational Therapy Association entitled: Low Vision in Older Adults: Foundations for Rehabilitation. Mr. Rovins also works as an accessibility consultant to assist architects, healthcare providers and organizations design and rehabilitate facilities for seniors, people with vision impairments and other disabling conditions.


Monday, October 21, 2019 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT

Lighthouse Guild Tele-Support presents: Be the Best Advocate for Your Child

Advocating for services, educational or medical, can be frustrating and confusing. We can provide you with tools to help you be an advocate for your child and develop a relationship with those that provide services.

Lilly Jackanin, LCSW is an experienced bilingual (English and Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker and community advocate who provides services to individuals living in the New York area. As a Social Worker at Lighthouse Guild, she provided services to people with impaired vision for 24 years. During this time, she provided psychotherapy and crisis intervention as well as case coordination. Also, she collaborated with the staff psychiatrist to develop and periodically review client treatment plans and progress. In 2010, she worked as a Group Facilitator, planning and facilitating Spanish- and English-speaking support groups for parents of children with disabilities. She provides advocacy services for students regarding their Individual Education Plans when needed. Ms. Jackanin received her Bachelor’s Degree from Hunter College, with a specialization in Political Science and Sociology. She later obtained her MSW from Fordham University with an overall concentration in Clinical Intervention. Currently she provides individual counseling for clients experiencing vision loss at Catholic Charities, and is also facilitating a support group for immigrants with vision impairment and other disabilities.

Carmen Lizzette Camacho, MA, LSW works as a clinical counselor at Advocates Community Counseling as well as an Emergency Room Mental Health Clinician. She graduated from SUNY Binghamton with an MA in psycho-pharmacology. For more than 15 years Carmen has worked in the field of mental health, social services, advocacy and patient education. She has worked for state agencies, like the Department of Children and Family Services as well as non-for-profit organizations, like Catholic Charities. Carmen is also a member of the HPS Board of Directors and serves as a supportive ally for those diagnosed with HPS. Carmen lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.


Monday, November 18, 2019 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM CST

Lighthouse Guild Tele-Support presents: Tips to Decrease Stress when Traveling

This call will address traveling with children with vision impairments and how to decrease stress and increase confidence.

Judith Millman has been working in the field of vision rehabilitation for most of her professional career — retiring from the Lighthouse Guild as the Vice President for the Hudson Valley after 30 years of service. Ms. Millman has been facilitating the CVI tele-support group — with well over 100 participants — since its inception about 14 years ago. She also facilitates the LCA tele-support group for parents of children with this rare genetic disease.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband (Portugal and Italy are favorite destinations), gardening, reading and visiting our 5 grandchildren — ages 2 through 15 and living in 4 different states.
Ms. Millman is very proud to be a part of Lighthouse Guild’s services to parents and empowering them to be effective advocates for their children.


Monday, November 18, 2019 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM CST

Lighthouse Guild Tele-Support presents: Travel