Construction Begins on New Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™
Miami Lighthouse has launched a new learning center for visually
impaired children from birth through pre-kindergarten. To view
progress on construction of the 72,000-square-foot Lighthouse
Learning Center for Children™
click here. The Center
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. To view pictures from the
Groundbreaking Ceremony held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Click here. The Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ Dedication Ceremony will be on Wednesday, August 16th 2017 at 11:00am. Click here to view a video up to completion of Phase 1 of construction courtesy of MCM Construction.
Click here to read a special message from President & CEO Virginia A. Jacko.
NBC Nightly News features our new pre-kindergarten
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind program helps bridge the gap for blind preschoolers through a unique curriculum. To view the video featured on NBC Nightly News, click here.
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
Mark your calendar for Wednesday evening, May 24th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. when Miami Lighthouse will make magical music at a brand new venue, Brickell City Centre, to benefit and celebrate our Heiken Children's Vision Program. The Heiken Program is now in its 25th year of providing free eye care for disadvantaged children. Click here to view the invitation and list of sponsors.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired will host the official Dedication Ceremony of the Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ on Wednesday, August 16th at 601 SW 8th Avenue. Click here to view an NBC National News video on the new program.
On October 16th Miami
Lighthouse will celebrate its annual White Cane Day where an
estimated 200 people of all ages escorted by City of Miami
Police and Fire Departments, will walk from Miami Lighthouse,
down 8th Street and back, where the celebration will continue
with food and music featuring Miami Lighthouse Music Program
musicians, guest speakers and special presentations.
MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE RATED AMONG TOP 1% OF U.S. CHARITIES BY NATIONAL EVALUATOR CHARITY NAVIGATOR
Miami Lighthouse has received nine consecutive 4-star ratings from the national evaluator Charity Navigator placing us in the top 1% of nonprofits in the nation. Among the approximately 8,000 charities evaluated, only 39 nonprofits are in the top 1%. There 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.
Blindness no handicap for active CEO Virginia Jacko
Virginia doesn't consider blindness a problem. In fact, she describes her condition often as an asset. She is never distracted by what's going on around her, but can focus, using her other senses, which she says have taken over. To function in a sighted world, Virginia didn't bemoan her fate but realized that she simply had to learn to do things differently, which she did when she entered the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired's transformational rehabilitation program in 2001.
“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.
Click here to read the article.
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
Click to read
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
STAR is really cool. I like it because I get to be
with all my friends and learn a lot during summer,
from typing to art to music.
- Marino, age 12
STAR is fun because we get to read a lot, go on lots of field trips, use the computers and learn programs like PowerPoint. I make a lot of friends here and get to learn things with them. It's a lot better than staying at home watching TV during the summer! - Madisleny, age 11
We learn a lot and have fun activities in STAR. The large print books I get have helped me a lot in school, and I like learning with a lot of friends that
I've made here during my second year in STAR at Miami Lighthouse.
- Taknighis, age 12
Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue
Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that
has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community
Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits
having earned nine 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
Lighthouse has earned the Silver participation level through
the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami
Lighthouse’s commitment to data transparency.
Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in
Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.
Lighthouse was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami
All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.
2013 and 2014
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
Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson
Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper
Memorial Awards Ceremony.
Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today
Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.
Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business
Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the
Community Outreach category.
Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral
Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond
Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from
Health Foundation of South Florida.