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Miami Lighthouse is among top 2% of nonprofits in the nation  

Miami Lighthouse is among top 2% of nonprofits in the nation


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Miami Lighthouse Received Beacon Award in Education
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired was recognized at the 13th Annual Beacon Awards on April 2, 2015, presented by the Beacon Council. Miami Lighthouse was selected as the recipient of the Beacon Award in Education. Beacon Council Chair Donna Abood noted that "Miami Lighthouse is both an employer and enables the visually impaired to be employed, and helps drive Miami's economic engine through capital improvement projects." We are honored to receive this recognition and express our sincere gratitude to the Beacon Council and our community.

Click here  to watch Virginia Jacko’s interview for the Beacon Award.

Focus On South Florida: Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind has been around for 84 years. It is the oldest and largest private agency in Florida to serve people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. The Miami Lighthouse also seeks to raise awareness for guide dogs and service animals. It does so through its annual "Walk, Waggle and Stroll" dog walk. The event attracts hundreds of people and their dogs, whether they be guides, companions or just a regular family pet.

Comcast Brings Voice Guided Television To Miami Lighthouse
Comcast today announced it is partnering with organizations dedicated to serving people with visual disabilities, including Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, to bring the company’s new voice guidance technology to more people. The “talking guide” is a feature on the X1 platform that reads aloud selections like program titles, network names and time slots as well as DVR and On Demand settings, giving users the freedom to independently explore and navigate thousands of shows and movies.

Miami Lighthouse For The Blind And Visually Impaired Accredited By The National Accreditation Council
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is pleased to announce that is has been accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services. Accreditation is a significant milestone in Miami Lighthouse’s ongoing process of seeking to employ best practices and deliver services that focus on positive outcomes for consumers of blind and low vision services.


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

On February 7, 2015 Miami Lighthouse in collaboration with the Florida International University Nichole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Department offered a continuing education seminar for Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Nurses to empower healthcare professionals with the knowledge they require to meet the needs of the growing number of patients who are impacted by low vision. The all day seminar was attended by 44 registrants who received continuing education credits for their participation. Topics related to low vision and blindness as they impact functioning and quality of life from birth through the adult years included infant development, assistive technology, communication, patient/family-centered care and independent living. Click here to read workshop evaluation summary.

Upcoming Events

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.

May 30, 2015 Happy and Healthy Living at Miami Lighthouse

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Florida Heiken Program


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.



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 first sought and received NAC accreditation in 1978 and has consistently achieved NAC accreditation to the present time having received six commendations with its five year accreditation renewal.


Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 2% of U.S. nonprofits having earned a 4-star rating for seven 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.


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 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.


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


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