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December 28th, 2020 – Miami Lighthouse for the Blind follows the Miami-Dade County Public Schools schedule and guidelines. In an effort to comply with health and safety procedures established to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is in strict adherence to Social Distancing while on campus. Below is a status on programs at Miami Lighthouse:

  • Our Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ follows Miami-Dade County Public Schools schedule and guidelines. Those students selected to the schoolhouse model will return onsite October 5th and remote instruction remains an option for those who choose to stay remote.
  • Our Blind Babies, early intervention and parent education, Parents as Teachers home visitation program, is taking place through a modified schedule with home visitation, virtual and telephonic instruction and support.
  • Music Saturday classes and MIDI classes continue to be held virtually.
  • Senior Group Activities classes are being conducted virtually until further notice.
  • Saturday programs and classes have been suspended and follows the Miami-Dade County Public Schools schedule and guidelines.
  • The Statewide Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program staff continues to process applications and issue vouchers for eligible school children. Heiken plans to reactivate the mobile eye care units when schools reopen in the fall implementing COVID-19 Safety Protocols. Apply on the Heiken Portal or call 305-856-9830 with questions.
  • Independent Living Adult (ILAP), Older Blind (ILOB) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) have moved to virtual and telephonic instructions. For all clients in need of emotional support we are providing counseling.
  • The Miami Lighthouse Senior Group Activities program (SGA) for elderly clients and Independent Living Older Blind Services, participants 55 years and older, will be suspended until further notice. Decisions about reopening of the SGA program will be made on a weekly basis, based on the status of the epidemic.

For more information about suspensions and postponements of Miami Lighthouse programs, please contact Cameron Sisser at 786-362-7515 or


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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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