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National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services Semi-Annual Meeting held at Miami Lighthouse
Miami Lighthouse was honored to host the semi-annual meeting of the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC) on January 9 and 10, 2015. The NAC Board of Directors is composed of heads of vision rehabilitation agencies, academics, and representatives of consumer agencies from throughout the United States and Canada. To read more, click here.

Miami Lighthouse For The Blind Dedicates Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired hosted the official dedication of the Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center on Tuesday, October 7th. Barry E. Johnson, President & CEO of Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, emceed the ceremonies at 601 SW 8th Avenue, as Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Senator Gwen Margolis, Commissioner Sally Heyman and major supporters cut the ribbon celebrating the new learning center for blind and visually impaired teenagers and adults.

2014 White Cane Day
On Wednesday, October 15th an estimated 200 people of all ages escorted by City of Miami Police and Fire Departments walked together from Miami Lighthouse, at 601 S.W. 8th Ave., down 8th Street and back, where the celebration continued with food and music featuring Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ musicians, guest speakers and special presentations.

Eye Experts Say Standard School Screenings Are Not Enough To Ensure Students See Well
Not too long ago, kids who wore glasses were made fun of with names like “Poindexter” or “four-eyes.” But thanks to celebrities like Johnny Depp, Tina Fey and LeBron James, glasses have become hip and even considered a fashion statement.

Members of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind experience the smells and sounds of Marlins Park
Visually impaired adults got a hands-on tour of the baseball stadium before they experienced a game between the Marlins and Nationals.

Upcoming Events

February 7, 2015 Engaging the Low Vision Community through Education, Research, and Service

Join Miami Lighthouse for a seminar for Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Nurses. An Educational offering by Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Department & Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. For more information and to pre-register by January 30th, please click here.

February 13, 2015 McCrea Family Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

On Friday February 13th, Miami Lighthouse will continue a long tradition by recognizing its 2014 client donors and other volunteers for their support and dedication to the organization at the annual McCrea Family Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.

March 15, 2015 “Walk, Waggle and Stroll” Dog Walk at Shops at Midtown Miami

Join Miami Lighthouse for the Blind at the Shops at Midtown Miami on Sunday, March 15th, 2015 as over 400 walkers with their dog guides, service animals and regular pets gather for a event raising awareness for guide dogs and service dogs of all kinds. The fun-filled event will feature a breakfast, talent and costume contests with prizes, a leisurely dog walk, goodie bags and music by Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ musicians.

May 6, 2015 Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit

Support 20/20 vision and celebrate free eye care for children on Wednesday, May 6th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the Eighth Annual Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired located at 601 SW 8th Avenue.

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Jan and Daniel Lewis, Agustin Arellano, Sr., Commissioner Sally Heyman, Mrs. Sash A. Spencer, Chair-elect Ray Casas, Virginia Jacko President & CEO, Carmella Witt, Mayor Tomas Regalado, Marta Weeks Wulf and Penny Stamps at Dedication Ceremony for new 4th Floor, October 7, 2014.
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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 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 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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