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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. Four of the candidates added an accessibility statement that provides users contact information for assistance. View the updated report of our findings and methodology here. View the June to September comparison ADA Compliance Meter here.

We challenge all candidates to ensure that their websites are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It's not only fair, it's inherently American, and the campaigns should remember that inclusiveness is not just a good thing – it's the right thing.

View the initial full report of our findings and methodology here.

View the initial ADA Compliance Meter 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 over 75,000 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.


"They want to be change agents regarding their policies, and this is an opportunity for all of the candidates to be change agents on website accessibility," said CEO Virginia Jacko regarding the fact that not one of the 2020 Presidential Candidates' Websites Are Fully Accessible to Disabled Voters. To read the full TIME Magazine article click here .

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.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Can Assist with Website Accessibility
Find out why your website should be accessible to the blind in this article published by South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report. Click here to read the article.


September 13th, 2019 - Miami Lighthouse Chicken Championship

Join us on Friday, September 13th at Batch Gastropub from 6:30-8:30pm at our Annual Miami Lighthouse Chicken Championship Wing Eating Competition. To view the invitation click here. To purchase tickets click here.

October 15th, 2019 - White Cane Day

Join us on Tuesday, October 15th as we celebrate National White Cane Day at Miami Lighthouse.

October 24th, 2019 - See the Light Luncheon

Join us on Thursday, October 24th as we host our See the Light Luncheon.

January 25th, 2020 - 90th Anniversary Celebration

Join us on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 as we host our 90th Anniversary Celebration.

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Parent Testimonials

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful work that you do with my son Erick. May God bless him."
- Greila

"Miami Lighthouse for the Blind has changed the lives of my family and our daughter. Without your support and constant encouragement, raising an infant who is visually impaired would be overwhelming, scary and clouded with sadness. Instead, our family feels privileged to be able to be a part of this incredible organization, thanks to our daughter. She is currently enrolled at the school and has participated in the infant programs - the effort and individual attention you provide to the families and students goes beyond an individual job description and salary - the drive comes solely from their passion to service those who are often overlooked in our society. I cannot thank you enough for your dedication."
- Lisa Jess



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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 eleven 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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