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Miami Lighthouse Helps Ensure White House Website is Accessible

When the first presidential debate was held in Miami, we set out to learn more about the 2020 candidates, but made a startling discovery: none of their websites were accessible to low-vision or blind users. Our ADA Compliance Meter report not only garnered national attention, it created lasting change. Our IT experts, who are also blind themselves, worked with the Biden campaign to ensure their website was designed in a way for all to access and now the new administration has already revamped incorporating our previous counsel and recommended changes. Learn more about our website accessibility audit services here.

Virtual SEE THE LIGHT Lunch Video

2020 See The Light Lunch Video

Miami Lighthouse's annual signature event, our "SEE THE LIGHT" Luncheon, is one of our most important fundraising opportunities during the year. In past years, we've welcomed over 250 guests from our philanthropic family to a luncheon with music, entertainment and heartfelt remarks from program participants.

In keeping with the times of social distancing we are going virtual, so instead of 250 guests in a ballroom, we can now have unlimited attendees. Visit this web page on October 29th we will have a 30 minute program at 12:00pm featuring an exclusive performance by Latin superstar Willy Chirino and Chirino Sisters. We will also feature students in our Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™, Miami Lighthouse client Marin Baumer and a few more surprises!

CLICK HERE to view our Virtual See The Lunch page.


Miami Lighthouse for the Blind’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Click here to read the press release. There currently is no other nonprofit in Miami-Dade with this coveted distinction. You can find our rating on Charity Navigator here.

Visually impaired adapt to distance learning
Read how distance learning has become a crucial element of education during the coronavirus pandemic, enabling students to continue their studies while practicing social separation. Click here to read the Op-ed in The Miami Herald authored by President and CEO Virginia Jacko.

Miami Lighthouse featured in the iconic Wall Street Journal
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.

2020 Virtual See the Light Luncheon

In case you missed our Virtual See the Light Luncheon, click here to watch the program video!

2020 Virtual White Cane Day

In case you missed our Virtual White Cane Day, click here to watch the great performance!

Get Involved!

Click here to find out ways how you can Get Involved at Miami Lighthouse! For a list of employment opportunities click here.


It’s Possible to Exercise Without Sight Videos

Our Senior Group Activities program is taking exercise online. View our Blind Time Workouts here.

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Help us reach even more seniors so they can stay active in isolation.

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Miami Lighthouse is honored by the following



Miami Lighthouse is AER accredited distinguishing that an agency or school operates at the highest level of quality and is positioned to generate the outcomes needed by the clients.

PR Week

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2020 award for "Best in Nonprofit" campaign by PRWeek referred to as the "Oscars of the PR industry".

Charity Navigator

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 13 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.



Miami Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ is a Florida gold seal and nationally Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE)

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.

The Beacon Council

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

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.

Health Foundation of South Florida

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.


Miami Today

Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.

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.


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