Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

To provide vision rehabilitation, eye health services and education that promote independence,
to collaborate with and train professionals, and to conduct research in related fields.

It's Possible to See Without Sight™

601 Southwest Eighth Avenue, FL 33130 · Ph: 305.856.2288 · Fx: 305-285.6967 · info@miamilighthouse.org 

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Miami Lighthouse is among top 2% of nonprofits in the nation

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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. 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. Groundbreaking Ceremony held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Click here.

Reviewing Websites for Accessibility Compliance

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 Higher Education.

Upcoming Events

Celebrating 85 Years of Hope, Confidence and Independence

January 28th, 2017 The 85th Diamond Anniversary Celebration

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.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the 85th Diamond Anniversary Celebration please 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 News

Miami Lighthouse earns 4-star rating from Charity Navigator-again!
What can't 99% of nonprofits nationwide claim that we can? Nine consecutive 4-star ratings from the country's premier charity evaluator, Charity Navigator, placing us in the top 1% of nonprofits in the nation. After a comprehensive review by Charity Navigator, Miami Lighthouse earned 98.06 points out of 100 overall; 97.27 for financial management and 100 out of 100 for accountability and transparency. You can find our rating on Charity Navigator here. We couldn't have received this top rating without you.

CBS News Features Miami Lighthouse Milestone Year!
This year not only marks 85 years of helping the visually impaired community; it also marks a year of expansion for Miami Lighthouse's campus. Thank you to all of our supporters and to CBS4 News for shedding light on our work to help the visually impaired live independently. "It's possible to see without sight.™".

Miami Lighthouse Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named the Children's Trust 2016 Program of the Year!
This most prestigious award recognizes this Early Intervention Program, in particular, for including parents as teachers.

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.

 

 
 
   
   
   

 

 

Miami Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.

 

Miami 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 financial strength.

 

Miami Lighthouse has earned the Silver participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse’s commitment to data transparency.

 

 

                 

 

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.

 

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

 

2013 and 2014
Miami 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 Program.

 

 

                 

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

 

Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 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.