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Miami Lighthouse provides well-trained job candidates
Companies looking for experienced, well-trained job candidates can realize a number of advantages if they set their sights on the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired, where special programs prepare visually impaired people to navigate the world of the sighted with ease, a goal nicely captured in the its tagline, “It’s possible to see without sight”. Click here to read the article.

2014 Young Professionals of the Lighthouse (YPOL) host Miami Lighthouse Legislative Luncheon Underwritten by All Aboard Florida
On Thursday, July 10th, the Young Professionals of Miami Lighthouse held their annual Legislative Luncheon and networking event at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Miami Today: Miami Lighthouse Growing
To further help legally blind teenagers and young adults become independent, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to open a 5,700-square-foot fourth floor by summer’s end. To read the entire article click here.

Construction of “The Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center”
We express our appreciation to OHL Arellano construction for their pro- bono contracting services and in addition we extend our appreciation to the subcontractors, Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami, especially Commissioner’s Sally Heyman and Bruno Barreiro and Mayor Tomas Regalado. This project was made possible by the generosity of our community.


Artificial Retina Clinical Trials

Miami Lighthouse launched a research collaboration with Second Sight Medical Products and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute on the Argus II retinal implant to pave the way in 2014 for Miami Lighthouse to provide rehabilitation and assessments of patients benefitting from this new technological innovation. After the patient has surgery for the retinal implant, they will come to Miami Lighthouse for rehabilitation training focusing on daily living and orientation and mobility skills. In addition, as part of the clinical trials our Occupational Therapist will follow up with these patients one, two and five years after surgery to provide Functional Low-Vision Observer Rated Assessment (the “FLORA”) Miami Lighthouse is one of twelve vision rehabilitation organizations nationwide to partner with hospitals performing the retinal implants.

The Argus II was developed by Second Sight Therapeutics with more than $25 million in support from NEI. In the United States, it was approved for treating retinitis pigmentosa in 2013, and it’s now available at a twelve medical centers throughout the country. It consists of a camera, mounted on a pair of goggles, which transmits wireless signals to a grid of electrodes implanted on the retina. The electrodes stimulate retinal ganglion cells and give the person a rough sense of what the camera sees, including changes in light and contrast, edges, rough shapes and movement.

For additional information contact Miami Lighthouse Chief Program Officer Carol Brady-Simmons, principal investigator, at 786-362-7480.

Upcoming Events

August 27, 2014 Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Wine & Cheese Reception

Miami Lighthouse will host the Seventh Annual Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI) Ophthalmologists Reception on August 27, 2014 from 6pm-8pm where ophthalmology faculty, residents and fellows from BPEI will gather for an informative evening.

October 7, 2014 Miami Lighthouse For The Blind 4th Floor Building Dedication Ceremony At 601 SW 8th Avenue

Elected officials, community leaders, media and other supporters of Miami Lighthouse are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for our Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center, a new fourth floor wing for blind youth, on October 7th from 6pm-8pm at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 601 SW 8th Avenue.

November 20, 2014 Miami Lighthouse For The Blind See The Light Luncheon

Join South Florida philanthropists and community leaders by attending Miami Lighthouse’s See the Light Luncheon at Riviera Country Club on November 20th.

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Agustin Arellano, Jr., Vice President, Finance/CFO, OHL Arellano Construction, CEO Virginia Jacko, Agustin Arellano, Sr., President, OHL Arellano Construction at Groundbreaking Ceremony for new 4th Floor,
July 15, 2013.
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Miami Marlins check presentation: PJ Loyello
Senior VP of Communications & Broadcasting,
David Samson Miami Marlins President,
Board Chair Agustin Arellano Jr.,
President & CEO Virginia Jacko,
Miami Marlins Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton,
Honorary Board Director Ray Casas and
Alfredo Mesa Executive Director of
Miami Marlins Foundation.



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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 registration fee.







Miami Lighthouse first sought and received NAC accreditation in 1978 and has consistently achieved NAC accreditation to the present time having received seven commendations with its five year accreditation renewal.


Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 3% of U.S. nonprofits having earned a 4-star rating for six consecutive years 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 financial strength.


Miami Lighthouse was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.


Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.


Miami Lighthouse's Heiken Children's Vision Program received the bronze medal for their service to thousands of under-served children in public schools at the 2012 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.









Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.


Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.


Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.


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