Media Coverage 2008

December 8, 2008: - The Gift of Sight” Lighthouse International Director of Advanced Accessible Technology, Dorrie Rush, discusses the best holiday gifts for the visually impaired.

August 11, 2008: WCBS-TV - Lighthouse Int'l Moves War On Diabetes To Midtown” ""Because if they can survive all the other things with diabetes they will lose their vision," said Dr. Tara Cortes, CEO of Lighthouse International. People with diabetes will lose their vision if it's not controlled. ... That's why Lighthouse International has opened a diabetes center at its headquarters in Midtown Manhattan."

August 2, 2008: New York Times When That Screen Starts to Look Smaller "Healthy older workers often have trouble reading print on a computer screen, said Tara A. Cortes, president of Lighthouse International in Manhattan, a nonprofit group dedicated to fighting vision loss. An eye specialist can prescribe special lenses for computer work, and increasing the font size on documents and e-mail will help. "Software like MAGic and ZoomText magnify the text and images on a screen, change background colors, make contrasts sharper, even read text aloud," she said...."

August 1, 2008, New York Times "In Strangers, Centenarian Finds Literary Lifeline" "Reading to the blind or the elderly is hardly novel. In New York City, two well-established programs, Lighthouse International and Visions/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, have hundreds of volunteers who make home visits or read to clients at their offices and in senior centers."

July 14, 2008: InformationWeek "Software Tool Helps Visually Impaired See Web Pages" "Lighthouse International said its open source program is the first to allow people with moderate to severe vision problems to view Web pages as the site creators intended. LowBrowse allows people to read text on pages altered to meet their needs. The free program works with Mozilla Firefox, Windows, MacOS, and Linux. It also will be available as a Firefox add-on by fall 2008...."

May 22, 2008: New York Times "The Blind Welcome a Ruling That May Help Them Count Their Cash" "About 1.3 million Americans are legally blind, another 16.5 million say they have vision impairment even with glasses or contacts, and millions more are expected to have significant vision loss because of an aging population and the prevalence of diabetes, said Tara A. Cortes, president of Lighthouse International, a nonprofit organization based in New York that addresses the problems caused by loss of vision."

March 18, 2008: Metro NY "Blind Hail One of Their Own" "Josephine Defini lost her eyesight when she was 10 years old, but that didn't stop her from getting her doctorate at NYU. Yesterday, she attended a broadcast of the inauguration of Gov. David Paterson, who is legally blind. The event was held in a theater here at Lighthouse International, the 103 year-old non-profit serving the visually impaired."

March 17, 2008: New York Times "The New Governor Also Serves as an Inspiration for the Blind" "Dr. Tara A. Cortes, the president and chief executive officer of Lighthouse International, said, "It's going to bring a level of awareness and understanding to people about vision loss. There's a stigma about vision loss, and many people who are losing their vision are afraid to admit it."

March 17, 2008: NY1 "Vision Impaired Hope Paterson's Rise Sheds Light On Their Plight" ""I feel very proud that someone who has had vision impairment and has worked so hard for so many years has made his way to the top," said Defini. Defini, who is blind, joined her colleagues at Lighthouse International in Midtown to tune into Paterson's swearing-in ceremony."

March 13, 2008: CBS Early Show "Legally Blind Defined" "To be legally blind doesn't necessarily mean one cannot see anything at all. Tara Cortes and Dorrie Rush of Lighthouse International explain the full meaning of the term to Maggie Rodriguez."

March 13, 2008: New York Times Blogs "How a Blind Man Will Lead a State" "... over the years, in various interviews, Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson has given us glimpses into how he has managed his education and career in politics without sight. ...The advocacy group Lighthouse International offers this detailed list of the causes of childhood blindness."

February 2008; Big Apple Parent "Side-By-Side Learning" "The preschool just received a donation of six interactive Young Explorer playstations from IBM's KidSmart Early Learning Program. The computer playstations ... feature software that is accessible to kids with vision loss.
One of the cool features is the accompanying bench, which can hold two kids at a time ..."

Media Coverage Archive: 2007

Ophthalmology Times, December 1, 2007
"Lighthouse International Brings Web-Enabled Electronic Record to Locations Across Canada"
Lighthouse International and CNIB, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that provides services across Canada for those living with vision loss, have signed a licensing agreement bringing the state-of-the-art electronic vision rehabilitation record (EVRR) to more than 50 CNIB locations across Canada.

New York Social Diary, October 3, 2007
"Two weeks ago Wednesday, Lighthouse International held its Henry A. Grunwald Award for Public Service Luncheon chaired by Louise Grunwald, named in honor of her late husband Henry A. Grunwald, who was the first recipient of the award. The Grunwalds' longtime friend Liz Smith emceed, and another friend Ted Sorenson was keynote speaker. The honorees included Peter G. Peterson, Ellen Ratner and Jeffrey E. Mittman, a soldier partially blinded in the Iraqi War."

New York Post, October 2, 2007
"Recently, the Lighthouse event run by Louise Grunwald in the name of her distinguished late husband, Henry, had a gala lunch and one speaker was Sgt. Jeffrey E. Mittman, recently out of Iraq. Sgt. Mittman made a dramatic appearance. He'd had his entire face rebuilt after an IED explosion that cost him fingers and most of his eyesight." Video Network, September 28, 2007
"Shining the Light on Corporate Giving". Lighthouse President and CEO, Dr. Tara Cortes, spreads the word about new corporate philanthropy in an interview with

Ophthalmology Times, September 24, 2007
"Vision loss, whether partial or full, can affect patients' treatment, their recovery, and can add to healthcare system costs. Baby boomers are aging, and diseases like macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetes are affecting millions of people."

Newsday, September 15, 2007
""When we're around the age of 40, 45, we know we're starting to age," says Dr. Bruce Rosenthal, chief of low-vision programs at Lighthouse International in Manhattan. "You begin to move the newspaper farther and farther away."", September 4, 2007
"With the graying of our country's baby boomer population, the U.S. is on the verge of a vision loss epidemic. More than 16.5 million Americans age 45-plus self report some form of vision impairment--defined as vision that cannot be corrected with glasses, surgery or medication--even when wearing glasses or contacts."

Vogue, August 2007
"There were two points of crackling energy at the gala preview for the Lighthouse's Posh Sale, the annual event where the discarded finery of the Upper East Side begins its journey through the vintage cycle. At one end of the room, customers grabbed the clothes from the late Nan Kempner's wardrobe. At the other, volunteers fell over themselves to thrust rarities, furs, and treasures into the hands of Norris Church Mailer

New York 1 News, June 22, 2007
A special group of children celebrated on Friday at their preschool graduation ceremony at Lighthouse International, where visually-impaired children work and learn alongside children with vision. 'If it wasn't for the Lighthouse, I don't know where he would have been,' said Chanel Brown, a parent of a visually impaired student."

Business Week, June 6, 2007
Tara Cortes, president and CEO of Lighthouse, a vision services agency, points to several figures that suggest the US is on the verge of a low-vision epidemic. Cortes reports that Lighthouse International is lobbying Congress to approve reimbursement of vision modification devices currently not covered by Medicare."

Crain's Health Pulse, May 15, 2007
Lighthouse International is launching a Mental Health Services Center to provide professionals with resources to evaluate treat and prescribe medication and offer support to New Yorkers with vision loss. The program is designed to help those who suffer loss of vision, as well as their families, confront depression and anxiety."

Today, May 10, 2007
For the 35th year in a row, fashion icons and top brand name designers are coming together to support Lighthouse International's POSH Sale. Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving vision and to providing health care services to help people overcome the challenges of vision loss."

NY1 News, April 25, 2007
Some experts call this information groundbreaking, including Dr. Tara Cortes, president and CEO of Lighthouse International which helps people overcome the challenges of vision loss. Cortes says if you have macular degeneration in your family, chances could be more likely that you could have variants in these two genes."

Newsday, April 25, 2007
'This is very important news,' said Bruce Rosenthal, chief of low vision clinical practice at Lighthouse International, a vision rehabilitation organization in Manhattan. Rosenthal agreed that lowering behavioral risks is key and added that everyone should have an annual eye exam."

Eyecare Business, April 2007
Music legend Clive Davis joined many other celebrities and honorees for Lighthouse International's Music of Winternight" Gala. The event benefited the Lighthouse Music School, which was founded in 1913, and provides music instruction to youngsters and adults, including professional musicians, who are visually impaired."

Fox News, April 8, 2007
Dr. Bruce Rosenthal heads up Lighthouse International, a leading non profit for the visually impaired. It's for vision loss that cannot be corrected by lenses or medicine. Dr. Rosenthal is an optometrist who helps people see beyond their visual limitations 'We prescribe devices and teach someone to be independent...'."

New York Daily News, March 14, 2007
Tran is sitting in a rehearsal room at Lighthouse International's Music School. Lighthouse International, a nonprofit organization for those with vision loss, would become a vital part of Tran's success in America. Tran remains a regular at Lighthouse International, which offers a rehearsal studio which isn't geared to the sighted."

US News & World Report, February 27, 2007
Screen reading programs JAWS and Window Eyes, though pricier, are more appropriate for people with severe vision loss, says Glenda Such, manager of client services at Lighthouse International, a nonprofit organization based in New York serving the visually impaired."

Mount Sinai Focus on Healthy Aging, February 2007
'With the right screenings and treatments, we can detect problems early and often prevent significant vision loss," says Bruce Rosenthal, OD, chief of the Low-Vision clinical practice at Lighthouse International, a non-profit organization that helps people who are at risk for, or who are experiencing vision loss."

Media Coverage Archive: 2006

The Hollywood Reporter, September 19, 2006
"Dark Rooms"
The Lighthouse Theater is prominently mentioned in an article on screening rooms around New York City, explaining that in the mid 1990s, Lighthouse International decided to raise money by renting out its screening room. "Fortuitously, the decision coincided with a major renovation at the Museum of Modern Art. When the museum shuttered its Manhattan headquarters, including its basement-level theater, AMPAS [Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences] lost its primary screening room. The Academy then arranged to hold screenings at the Lighthouse, ponying up $250,000 for renovations at the facility."

Newsday, September 3, 2006
"Road to Recovery Leads to Hope"
Charles Fulham has no memory of the car accident in June 1997 that left him in a coma for two weeks and paralyzed and legally blind when he awoke. He was 21. "I lost all peripheral vision. It's like looking through a keyhole," Fulham said. "I was miserable."

WCBS TV, September 1, 2006
"Kids & Eye Exams: Spotting Signs of Vision Problems"

As part of a Back-to-School series, Bruce Rosenthal, OD, Chief of Low Vision Programs spoke with Kate Sullivan about when children should have their first eye exam, potential problem warning signs, devices that can help, and the role nutrition plays in protecting eye health.

The Wall Street Journal, August 19, 2006
Letter to the Editor

In response to "Portable Gadget Reads Text Aloud to the Blind" (Personal Journal, July 27) Tara Cortes, PhD, RN, President & CEO of Lighthouse International writes: "Your article is interesting and informative. But unless this technology is paired with the will to make the Internet and print more accessible to the growing number of people who are blind and visually impaired, it could be an empty promise. We applaud Google's move to make the Internet more accessible."

Red Herring, July 20, 2006
"Google Tests Search for Blind"

On Thursday, July 20, Google announced its testing of Google Accessible Search, a search engine that identifies and prioritizes search results that are more easily usable by people who are visually impaired. "This is a very important step by Google and other Internet companies," said Tara A. Cortes, PhD, president and CEO of Lighthouse International, an advocacy organization for the blind and visually impaired, in a statement. "It demonstrates an enlightened understanding of the need to apply sophisticated technology to meet the growing needs of the consumer."

Newsday, June 27, 2006
"Avoid Blue-Tinted Sunglasses"

Those cool, blue-tinted shades might be fashionable, but they're not necessarily the best way to protect your eye health. "Blue tint emits ultraviolet light and that is what sunglasses are supposed to block," said Lighthouse International's Eleanor Faye, M.D. in this Newsday article.

Crain's New York Business, June 15, 2006
"Executive Seeking More Aid for Vision Loss"

A profile of Tara Cortes, PhD, RN, President & CEO of Lighthouse International, highlights some of her plans for the organization: "The nonprofit is recasting itself to move beyond the social services arena and is spearheading a new medical model for people suffering from low vision." Other key elements include working on getting Medicare to cover more treatments. "Cortes hopes government funds will support half of Lighthouse's services by 2008, allowing the nonprofit to treat tens of thousands of new patients," according to the article.

Good Morning America, May 22 and May 23, 2006
Lighthouse International's President & CEO, Tara Cortes, PhD, RN, staff members and clients were featured in Diane Sawyers two-part series, "In Their Shoes."

The New York Times, May 21, 2006
Letter to the Editor

In response to "Rising Diabetes Threat Meets a Falling Budget" (front page, May 16), Tara Cortes, PhD, RN, President & CEO of Lighthouse International writes: " addition to money, it is important to underscore that if eye disease caused by diabetes is diagnosed and treated early enough, and with patient compliance, the damage in the eye that can lead to vision loss can be controlled."

Daily News, April 13, 2006
"Once More With Feeling"

As part of it's Big Town Big Heart feature that celebrates New Yorkers who make a difference, the Daily News showcases Sony Pictures Television's Travis Howe, a volunteer who teaches music to kids who are visually impaired at Lighthouse International's Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School.

The New York Times, March 7, 2006
"Latest in Technology Gives Life a Clearer Focus"

Writing about how low vision, which can result from a number of eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, often results in depression and social isolation, veteran journalist Jane Brody points to new technological advances and the use of vision rehabilitation services as ways to help people who are visually impaired lead productive, enjoyable and independent lives. Where to turn? "A great place to start is Lighthouse International," writes Brody, highlighting the organization's low vision practice, vision rehabilitation, and Information & Resource services



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