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CBS News Features Miami Lighthouse Milestone Year!
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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. To view the video about the program 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.

Miami Lighthouse For The Blind And Visually Impaired Breaks Ground On New Learning Center For Children
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind broke ground on a new addition to its growing campus ─ the 72,000-square-foot Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ ─ during a ceremony held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Click here to read more.

It’s Possible to See Without Sight™



Upcoming Events

Celebrating 85 Years of Hope, Confidence and Independence

October 26th, 2016 See the Light Luncheon

Miami Lighthouse continues celebrating its 85th year of serving the blind and visually impaired at our annual See the Light luncheon taking place on Wednesday, October 26th at Riviera Country Club. Join more than 250 community leaders and philanthropists this year to raise funds for Miami Lighthouse.

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 Among Top 2% Of Nonprofits In The Nation
Of the approximately 8,000 charities evaluated each year by Charity Navigator, Miami Lighthouse is ranked among the top 2% in the nation and is the only nonprofit in Miami with eight consecutive 4-star ratings. Click here to view the Charity Navigator Recognition Certificate.

Miami Lighthouse Collaborates with the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and The Frost School of Music
Dr. Julio Frenk, President of the University of Miami, toured Miami Lighthouse for the Blind's programs and explored innovative new partnerships between Miami Lighthouse, University of Miami Frost School of Music, and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Left to Right: University of Miami Frost School of Music Dean Shelton Berg,
University of Miami President Dr. Julio Frenk, CEO Virginia Jacko,
Miami Lighthouse Board Chair Ramón Casas, and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Chair Dr. Eduardo Alfonso

Coral Gables Community Foundation Awards $2,000 Grant To Miami Lighthouse For Its Senior Group Activities Program
The Coral Gables Community Foundation celebrated its 2016 Scholarship and Community Grant Recipients at the home of Ajit and Maria Alicia Asrani. The Foundation awarded nearly $100,000 in college scholarships to deserving students and grants to 15 non-profit organizations with an impact to Coral Gables. Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired was awarded a $2,000 grant to benefit Coral Gables residents in our Senior Group Activities Program.

Florida Blue Foundation Selects Miami Lighthouse For The Blind To Bring Low Vision Services To Underserved Seniors Affected By Age-Related Eye Disease
Florida Blue Foundation has announced that Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MLB) has been awarded a three-year grant for the purpose of implementing the project “Bringing Low Vision Assessments to Underserved Populations and Training Professionals to Work with Seniors Affected by Age-Related Eye Disease.”

Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™

Miami Lighthouse has launched a new learning center for visually impaired children from birth through pre-kindergarten. This Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ will provide specialized early intervention and training to help “level the playing field” when these visually impaired children enter the public school system. Click here to learn more.



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Miami Lighthouse For The Blind And Visually Impaired Breaks Ground On New Learning Center For Children

City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado; Thomas Abraham, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation; Senator Gwen Margolis; Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Mrs. Spencer; Chairman of the Board Ray Ramon Casas; CEO Virginia Jacko; Representative David Richardson; Marcel Marlote, Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners; Jorge Munilla, Munilla Construction Management; and Richard Krasno, representing The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust



“Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida Resident to Receive the Argus II “Bionic Eye” appeared in the May/June issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
“Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida Resident to Receive the Argus II “Bionic Eye” appeared in the May/June issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.
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The Blind Visionary
All of Virginia’s royalties and part of the publisher’s
royalty income will be donated to blind services at
the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
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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 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 2% of U.S. nonprofits having earned eight 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.


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