Construction Begins on New Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™
Miami Lighthouse has launched a new learning center for visually
impaired children from birth through pre-kindergarten. To view
progress on construction of the 72,000-square-foot Lighthouse
Learning Center for Children™
click here. The Center
will provide specialized early intervention and training to help
“level the playing field” when these visually impaired children
enter the public school system.
Click here to learn more. To view pictures from the
Groundbreaking Ceremony held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Miami Lighthouse offers website accessibility audits to private and
public entities. We
recommend solutions for making website content accessible for all users
of assistive technologies.
Click here to read “Give Visually Impaired Better Internet Access” an
op-ed piece by Virginia Jacko in the Miami Herald.
Click here to read “Let’s Give the Blind
Better Access to Online Learning” by Virginia Jacko, an article in the Chronicle of
Celebrating 85 Years of Hope, Confidence and
The Grand Celebration of the 85th anniversary of Miami
Lighthouse, Florida's oldest and largest private agency serving
the blind and visually impaired, will take place at the historic
Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on January 28th 2017.
information and to purchase tickets to the 85th Diamond
Anniversary Celebration please
click here. To view the invitation click here. 85th
Anniversary Celebration launched on March 8, 2016 at event
sponsored by Northern Trust.
Click here to read about the celebration and to view
pictures of the event.
In the spirit of Valentine's Day we take time to say, "Thank you," to our volunteers at our annual McCrea Family Volunteer Recognition Luncheon to be held on February 14th. This year's honorees include Lion Fred Morris, Karen Calderon, Rita Stone, the Delta Gamma Beta Tau Chapter, and Lions for the Blind, with a special thank you to our Miami Lighthouse Board of Directors.
In the News
MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE RATED AMONG TOP 1% OF U.S. CHARITIES BY NATIONAL EVALUATOR CHARITY NAVIGATOR
Miami Lighthouse has received nine consecutive 4-star ratings from the national evaluator Charity Navigator placing us in the top 1% of nonprofits in the nation. Among the approximately 8,000 charities evaluated, only 39 nonprofits are in the top 1%. There is no other nonprofit in Miami-Dade with this coveted distinction. Click here to read the full press release and you can find our rating on Charity Navigator here.
Blindness no handicap for active CEO Virginia Jacko
Virginia doesn't consider blindness a problem. In fact, she describes her condition often as an asset. She is never distracted by what's going on around her, but can focus, using her other senses, which she says have taken over. To function in a sighted world, Virginia didn't bemoan her fate but realized that she simply had to learn to do things differently, which she did when she entered the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired's transformational rehabilitation program in 2001.
City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado; Thomas
Abraham, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation; Senator Gwen Margolis;
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Mrs. Spencer; Chairman of the
Board Ray Ramon Casas; CEO Virginia Jacko; Representative David
Richardson; Marcel Marlote, Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners; Jorge
Munilla, Munilla Construction Management; and Richard Krasno,
representing The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
“Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually
Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida
Resident to Receive the Argus II “Bionic Eye” appeared in the
May/June issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.
Click here to read the article.
The Blind Visionary All of
Virginia’s royalties and part of the publisher’s
royalty income will be donated to blind services at
the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
Click to read
State of Vision
Sales of the “State of Vision” license plate support services to
blind and visually impaired people. Miami Lighthouse is the
recipient of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this
license plate. The cost is $25.00 in addition to the regular
STAR is really cool. I like it because I get to be
with all my friends and learn a lot during summer,
from typing to art to music.
- Marino, age 12
STAR is fun because we get to read a lot, go on lots of field trips, use the computers and learn programs like PowerPoint. I make a lot of friends here and get to learn things with them. It's a lot better than staying at home watching TV during the summer! - Madisleny, age 11
We learn a lot and have fun activities in STAR. The large print books I get have helped me a lot in school, and I like learning with a lot of friends that
I've made here during my second year in STAR at Miami Lighthouse.
- Taknighis, age 12
Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue
Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that
has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community
Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits
having earned nine consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity
Navigator, the nation’s premier independent nonprofit
evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound
fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and
Lighthouse has earned the Silver participation level through
the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami
Lighthouse’s commitment to data transparency.
Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in
Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.
Lighthouse was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami
All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.
2013 and 2014
Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner of the Marlins
Foundation and has received over $50,000 in charitable
donations from the team to underwrite the cost of providing
vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and prescription
glasses to underserved inner-city schoolchildren who receive
eye care through our Florida Heiken Children's Vision
Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson
Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper
Memorial Awards Ceremony.
Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today
Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.
Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business
Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the
Community Outreach category.
Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral
Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond
Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from
Health Foundation of South Florida.