Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

Through education, training, research and vision enhancement, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides hope, confidence, and independence to people of all ages.

It's Possible to See Without Sight™

601 Southwest Eighth Avenue, FL 33130 · Ph: 305.856.2288 · Fx: 305-285.6967 · 

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Children's Services

Spring Break: March 25- March 29 2019
Summer Camp: June 10 - July 26 2019

Click here to read touching testimonials from proud parents of Miami Lighthouse students

Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™
New Pre-Kindergarten

Registration for 2018-19 school year opens January 15th

Registration is open to children ages 1- 5 with and without visual impairment. Free VPK for all children (must be 4 years old prior to September 1st). Click here to view the registration flyer.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Early Learning Coalition offers an inclusion environment for toddlers and Pre-K children ages three- and four years old (50% visually impaired and 50% typically developing sighted children). Using the evidence-based HighScope Curriculum, blind or visually impaired students are supported in a print/braille rich environment. Miami Lighthouse is the first vision rehabilitation educational institute in the U.S. using the international HighScope Curriculum, and this is the first time that the HighScope has been applied to blind learners in a fully inclusive model.

Learning in all classrooms is conducted by Florida certified early learning teachers, teachers of the visually impaired and teaching assistants. Research faculty from the University of Miami is conducting a longitudinal study of the participating pre-kindergarten students as we prepare them to be mainstreamed into our public school system.

For more information please contact Imaris Alvarez, Program Coordinator 786.362.7483.

Lighthouse Learning Center for Children featured in University of Miami Article

The University of Miami published a national article about our collaboration with UM and our innovative Pre-Kindergarten program that is Florida's first and only one of its kind in the nation. "The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind's New School Provides an Inclusive Setting for Sighted and Visually Impaired Students," offers an in-depth look at our remarkable program providing visually impaired children with a more inclusive environment. The article is fascinating and we urge you to read it by clicking here.

Blind Babies Program

Home Visitation Program
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. provides services to blind or visually impaired children from birth to age 5. Through the home visitation program implementation of Parents as Teachers, an evidence-based early childhood home visitation model, the Blind Babies Program supports families, enables strong community building, and supports blind children's readiness to learn.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers weekly playgroups at our state-of-the-art facility. Playgroups foster learning through active play and support social emotional, physical, cognitive, and sociolinguistic needs of blind or visually impaired children. Through a family-centered approach, families come together weekly resulting in a strong emotional support network for parents and caregivers.

Support Groups
Each month Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides supportive services for families on various topics based on a family needs assessment. Support groups include meet and greet, available community resources and how to access them, understanding your child's eye condition and preparing for your child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting.

For more information please contact Krizia Perez, Manager of Children's Programs 786.362.7481.

School-Age Programs

Braille and Technology Program

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is committed to supporting the academic needs of school-age children and braille and technology literacy. Offered on Saturdays, teacher planning days, and holiday breaks, the program provides individual support to each child to achieve IEP goals.

STAR Summer Program

A seven-week summer camp for blind or visually impaired children and their siblings ages 5-13 to support literacy, physical fitness, and social skills using the expanded core curriculum and evidence-based literacy program, Lit Art. During camp children participate in activities such as swimming, archery, goalball, and theater.

For more information please contact Krizia Perez, Manager of Children's Programs 786.362.7481.

The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Children’s Summer Program and Babies Early Childhood Development Program are partially funded by The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.



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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 ten 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 Gold participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse's commitment to data transparency.


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


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


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 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.