Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

Through education, training, research and vision enhancement, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides hope, confidence, and independence to people of all ages.

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 1% of nonprofits in the nation

Miami Lighthouse Helps Ensure White House Website is Accessible

When the first presidential debate was held in Miami, we set out to learn more about the 2020 candidates, but made a startling discovery: none of their websites were accessible to low-vision or blind users. Our ADA Compliance Meter report not only garnered national attention, it created lasting change. Our IT experts, who are also blind themselves, worked with the Biden campaign to ensure their website was designed in a way for all to access and now the new administration has already revamped Whitehouse.gov incorporating our previous counsel and recommended changes. Learn more about our website accessibility audit services here.


MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE IN THE NEWS

MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE EARNS 13TH COVETED 4-STAR RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Click here to read the press release. There currently is no other nonprofit in Miami-Dade with this coveted distinction. You can find our rating on Charity Navigator here.

VISUALLY IMPAIRED ADAPT TO DISTANCE LEARNING
Read how distance learning has become a crucial element of education during the coronavirus pandemic, enabling students to continue their studies while practicing social separation. Click here to read the Op-ed in The Miami Herald authored by President and CEO Virginia Jacko.

Miami Lighthouse featured in the iconic Wall Street Journal
When Virginia Jacko began losing her eyesight in her 40s, she left her job as a senior financial executive at a university and enrolled in a vocational-rehabilitation program. Using new technology, she was soon able to use a spreadsheet, read a financial statement and even pick out matching clothes.


UPCOMING EVENTS

White Cane Day - October 15, 2021 at 8:30AM

Join us at Miami Lighthouse on Friday, October 15, 2021 for a procession where more than 150 blind and visually impaired Miamians will walk with white canes and guide dogs to raise awareness about the white cane safety laws.

 
"SEE THE LIGHT" Luncheon - October 20, 2021 at 11:30AM

Miami Lighthouse's annual signature event, "SEE THE LIGHT" Luncheon, will be held on Wednesday October 20th at The Historic Biltmore Hotel. Over 250 guests from our philanthropic family will attend the luncheon with music, entertainment and heartfelt remarks from program participants.

 
Music Under the Stars - November 18, 2021 at 6:30PM

Join us for our spectacular Music Under The Stars: Bon Appétit Miami on Thursday, November 18, 2021 benefiting our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program.

 

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Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is committed to providing a fully accessible website experience.
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Miami Lighthouse is AER accredited distinguishing that an agency or school operates at the highest level of quality and is positioned to generate the outcomes needed by the clients.

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2020 award for "Best in Nonprofit" campaign by PRWeek referred to as the "Oscars of the PR industry".

 

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 13 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.

 

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.

 

Miami Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ is a Florida gold seal and nationally Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE)

 
                   

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

 

Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.

 

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

 

Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.

 
                   

Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.

 

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