Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired enthusiastically visited each presidential candidate's website to find out more about them prior to the first Democratic Debate held in Miami in June. Not one website – Democrat or Republican – was fully accessible for a blind or visually impaired person to navigate.
Since that first debate, we have continued to follow the progress of the presidential candidates to make their websites more accessible. Since our first report, still none of the websites are fully compliant with the ADA, but most of the candidates’ websites showed improvements in accessibility. In the latest report, Miami Lighthouse revisited all of the 15 candidate websites that have qualified for the Iowa caucus. A few candidate websites have improved in ease of navigation, while 13 candidate websites have not changed since December’s report.
View the most recent report of our findings and methodology here.
When Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired first opened its doors, its mission was to provide services that made a difference. Ever since then, the organization has stayed true to its mission, innovating every day on behalf of the blind. Miami Lighthouse annually transforms the lives of 90,000 blind and visually impaired people, babies to seniors, and their families. The impact of our programs is statewide, national, and international.
And, Miami Lighthouse has even more to offer. Find out how we can work together to benefit the blind and visually impaired in Florida and across the nation.
Advances in Health Care, Technology Open New Job Prospects for the Disabled
When Virginia Jacko began losing her eyesight in her 40s, she left her job as a senior financial executive at a university and enrolled in a vocational-rehabilitation program. Using new technology, she was soon able to use a spreadsheet, read a financial statement and even pick out matching clothes.
‘I think of myself as a CEO who happens to be blind.’ Miami Lighthouse CEO honored globally.
CEO Virginia Jacko was recently selected by the Viscardi Center as one of 10 recipients around the world of the 2019 Henry Viscardi Achievement Award. The awards honor “leaders in the global disability community,” who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. To read the Miami Herald article click here.
MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE RATED AMONG TOP 1% OF U.S. CHARITIES BY NATIONAL EVALUATOR CHARITY NAVIGATOR
Miami Lighthouse has received ten consecutive 4-star ratings from the national evaluator Charity Navigator placing us in the top 1% of nonprofits in the nation. There currently is no other nonprofit in Miami-Dade with this coveted distinction. Click here to read the full press release and you can find our rating on Charity Navigator here.
On May 13th, 2020, at Miami Lighthouse we will celebrate our Florida Heiken Children’s Program that provides comprehensive dilated eye exams and prescription glasses at no cost to financially disadvantaged schoolchildren statewide.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is committed to providing a fully accessible website experience.
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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 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.
Miami Lighthouse has earned the Gold participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse's commitment to data transparency.
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.
Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.
Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.
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 Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.
Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare's 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial 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.