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In the News
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
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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.
August 27, 2014 Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Wine & Cheese
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
November 20, 2014 Miami Lighthouse For The Blind See The
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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