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Website Accessibility Auditing

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Roundtable: Education Through Distance Learning

An organization's website is the face it shows to the world - the front door of all the companies and not-for-profits with online presence. And yet, the way your website is constructed may be preventing some of your customers or constituents from getting through the door.

Website accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web. And, with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 - local, state, federal and agency/organizational websites must be made accessible to persons using assistive technology devices such as screen readers, screen magnification and Braille output devices.

All educators – from elementary to college level – must keep in mind the needs of blind and visually impaired students when uploading their lesson plans and materials to their institutions’ learning systems. Miami Lighthouse has been a pioneer in “distance learning.” We have offered this form of online learning – the equivalent of the wheelchair access ramp for the blind and visually impaired student – for over a dozen years, and provide consulting services to ensure that schools’ distance learning websites and programs are fully accessible.

Let us help you make your website ADA compliant. Request your free consultation today. The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind offers website auditing by highly qualified assistive technology IT specialists to ensure website accessibility for users with disabilities. We also offer quarterly reviews of websites to ensure website accessibility on a continuous basis. Send us an email or call 305-856-4176.

Did you know Miami Lighthouse helped to advise 2020 presidential campaigns and to shine a spotlight on the lack of website accessibility and ADA Compliance for blind and visually impaired voters? See our CEO Virginia Jacko featured in TIME here, Vox here and Fast Company here. And check out Miami Lighthouse’s 2020 website accessibility analysis of the grocery chain and delivery industry in the wake of COVID-19 featured in Progressive Grocer here.


Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is committed to providing a fully accessible website experience.
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Miami Lighthouse is honored by the following


Florida Blue Foundation

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.

Charity Navigator

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 12 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.

GuideStar Exchange's Gold Participant

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

The Children's Trust

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.


The Beacon Council

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

Miami Today

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

Marlins Charity Partner

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 New Times - Best of Miami 2017

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


United Homecare

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

South Florida Business Journal

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

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

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

Health Foundation of South Florida

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


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