Hurricane Irma ravaged South Florida and in its path left many without power. Imagine being blind and living alone during a natural disaster. Miami Lighthouse for the Blind opened its doors to many of our blind and visually impaired seniors who had no food, power or air-conditioning. In the wake of Hurricane Irma Miami Lighthouse became a sanctuary for the blind. We are committed to helping our blind seniors get back on their feet. Please donate now to help provide for our blind seniors in need.
"Two Million Dollar Four-Year Challenge" to sustain the Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ announced at Grand Opening.
Miami Lighthouse has launched a new learning center for visually impaired children from birth through pre-kindergarten. Watch the video below about the new 72,000-square-foot Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ and how you can help sustain this one-of-a-kind Center.
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 Band
The Miami Lighthouse band or smaller ensembles are available to perform for public and private engagements in the community including weddings, bar mitzvahs, business, government and charity events at reasonable fees. To hear a sample of our musicians performing click here, and to learn more about our Miami Lighthouse band and musicians click here.
In the News
Miami Lighthouse was named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by Miami New Times.
According to WalletHub, its researchers found a distinct lack of volunteerism and car-ing for the vulnerable, suggesting Miamians are perhaps a bit self-centered. But it's never too late to change that perception, and there's no better place to begin than at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, one of the city's oldest charitable organizations serving the visually impaired. Click here to read more about it.
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 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 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. To learn more about Website and Electronic Information Accessibility Consulting Services offered by Miami Lighthouse click here.
“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.
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.
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.