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PUBLICATIONS

“Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida Resident to Receive the Argus II ‘Bionic Eye,’ ” Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, May-June, 2016,Volume 110, Number 3, pp. 177-181 by Carol Brady-Simmons, Raquel Van Der Biest and Laura Bozeman.

“A New Synthesis of Sound and Tactile Music Code Instruction In a Pilot Online Braille Music Curriculum,” Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, March/April 2015, Volume 109, Number 2, pp. 153 -157 by Virginia A. Jacko, Jin Ho Choi, Audrey Carballo, Brian Charlson, and J. Elton Moore.

“Bringing Function into Focus: Implementing the principles of universal design for the low-vision population” ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, November 2015, pp.14-15, by Jessica Garcia, MS, OTR/L, Raquel Van der Biest, CLVT, OTR/L, Alma Abdel-Moty, DrOT, MS, OTR/L and Carol Brady Simmons, COMS.

“Putting the Pieces Together: A field work rotation at a low-vision residence brings classroom theories to life” Special Focus: Vision Rehabilitation, ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, December 2015, pp. 6-7, 21, by Brittany Catalano-Hall, OTS and Stephanie Kern, OTS. In this article two FIU interns relate their field work experience at Miami Lighthouse under the supervision of Raquel Van Der Biest, CLVT, OTR/L.

“Blind Babies Play Program: A Model for Affordable, Sustainable Early Childhood Literacy Intervention through Play and Socialization,” Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, May-June 2013, Volume 107, Number 3. by Virginia A. Jacko, Roxann Mayros, Carol Brady-Simmons, Isabel Chica, and J. Elton Moore.

A continuing education presentation at the annual Florida Occupational Therapy Association meeting in Tampa on November 3, 2012 focused on FIU collaboration with Miami Lighthouse, “A Community and Academic Partnership: Serving Individuals with Vision Impairments.”

“Miami Lighthouse Students Excel” by Virginia A. Jacko, Miami Herald, Letter to the Editor, June 4, 2012.

“The Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program,” Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association, Volume 83, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 43-46, Virginia A. Jacko, Alan P. Levitt, Steven E. Marcus, Alfred A. Rosenbloom

“Let’s Give the Blind Better Access to Online Learning,” by Virginia A. Jacko, Chronicle of Education, May 8, 2011.

“Bogus ‘service animals’ hurt the real thing” by Virginia A. Jacko, Miami Herald, Letter to the Editor, March 5, 2011

“Mainstream Employment in Music Production for Individuals Who Are Visually Impaired: Development of a Model Training Program,” by Virginia Jacko, Harold Cobo, Antonio Cobo, Rachelle Fleming, and J. Elton Moore, in the Practice Perspectives section of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, September 2010.

Braille is essential for blind students by Virginia Jacko, Miami Herald, Letter to the Editor, January 18, 2010

The Blind Visionary, with Doug Eadie, Governance Edge Press, 2009

“Building a Rock-Solid Board/CEO Partnership: Talking with CEO Virginia Jacko” by Doug Eadie, May/June Nonprofit World May/June 2009

“Intervention through Art for Adults Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired,” with Amy R. McKenzie, Ed.D., and Tatiana Palma, B.S., Journal of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, February 2009

“Leading and Managing Governance Change,” with Miami Lighthouse Board Chairman William R. Roy and consultant Doug Eadie, NonProfit World, May/June 2008

WEBINAR

Webinar for snpo.org moderated with Doug Eadie: “Building a Rock-Solid Partnership with Your Board,” June 2009
 

PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES
 

Community Mobility for the Visually Impaired

Presenter:

Carol Brady-Simmons, COMS® Chief Program Office Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Date:

March 3, 2012

   
Age-Related Ocular Diseases

Presenter:

Dr. Rosemary A. Gonzalez, Low Vision Optometrist

Date:

March 3, 2012

   
Patient and Family-Centered Care - Clients with Low Vision and their Families

Presenter:

Elise Bloch, Ed.D., OT/L Florida International University and Liudmilla Camejo Rojas, OTR

Date:

March 3, 2012

   
The Developing Child with Vision Impairment

Presenter:

Isabel Chica, MS Ed. and Krizia Perez, MSW

Date:

March 3, 2012

   
Aging in Place Through Vision Rehabilitation

Presenter:

Richard Nieves, CVRT Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist

Date:

March 3, 2012

   
Overview of Personal Management Skills and Devices

Presenter:

Raquel Van Der Biest, OTR/L

Date:

March 3, 2012

   
Transportation Options for People who are Blind or have Low Vision

Presenter:

Dennis P McCarthy, PhD, OTR/l
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Department
Director, South Florida Community Mobility Research Lab
Research Associate, Lehman Center for Transportation Research

Date:

March 3, 2012

   
Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), January 26 - 29, 2011, Orlando, Florida

Presenter:

Harold Cobo

Session title:

Miami Lighthouse Music Production Program: A Live Demonstration of Composing, Recording and Arranging Music by the Blind and Visually Impaired

   
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) International Conference, July 20-25, 2010, Little Rock, Arkansas

Presenter:

Harold Cobo (accompanied by Carol Brady-Simmons)

Session title:

Miami Lighthouse Music Production Program: A Live Demonstration of Composing, Recording and Arranging Music by the Blind and Visually Impaired

   
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) Regional Conference, November 13-15, 2009, Cleveland, Ohio

Presenter:

Virginia Jacko and Harold Cobo

Session title:

Miami Lighthouse Music Production Program: Miami Lighthouse Music Program: Creating Independence through Musical Collaboration

Presenter:

Virginia Jacko and John Clapp

Session title:

Orientation and Mobility Internships at Miami Lighthouse: Building a Bridge from the University to the Practice of the Profession

   
 
 



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“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
“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.
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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 registration fee.

 

 
 

 

STAR Summer Camp Children Testimonials

  • 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


 
 
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Miami 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 financial strength.

 

Miami Lighthouse has earned the Silver participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse’s commitment to data transparency.

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

Miami New Times - Best of Miami 2017

   

 

 

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

 

Miami 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.

   
                     

 

 

 

 

Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.

 

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

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.

 

Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.

 

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

   
 
 

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