Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

To provide vision rehabilitation, eye health services and education that promote independence,
to collaborate with and train professionals, and to conduct research in related fields.

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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Social Group and Health Activities Classes (SGA)

A wide range of classes and activities designed for life enrichment are available at Miami Lighthouse. These programs encourage the clients to remain active in the community through field trips, exercise classes, arts and crafts, support groups, language classes and other areas of interest.

Miami Lighthouse has partnered with local organizations to provide fun and interactive recreational activities.

Senior Group Health and Activities

The primary goal of the Social Group Health and Activities Program (SGA) is to facilitate independence and enhance socialization skills for older adults with significant and uncorrectable vision loss. This is a therapeutic program of social and health services that individuals in our community are unable to access in other locations due to the fact that Miami Lighthouse is the sole provider in Miami-Dade County offering professional vision rehabilitation along with health related services.

Because one-third SGA participants are diabetic and often this is the reason for vision loss (diabetic retinopathy), a registered dietitian provides one-on-one one nutritional counseling one morning a week. Therapeutic services are provided along with instruction on access technology, ESOL and adult basic education and support groups.

SGA offers activities that aid in perfecting one’s blindness skills. Ceramics and Arts and Crafts improve dexterity, necessary for Braille comprehension. Instruction on accessible technology and music therapy are also offered. Fitness and wellness activities include exercise and lectures with group discussions, Field trips to local parks, and areas of interest. One in four people with macular degeneration develop clinical depression. Such seniors suffering from age-related vision loss remain isolated in their home, and the SGA Program helps them overcome depression and gives them the opportunity to interact with visually impaired peers in a socializing environment. In 2015, 144 clients were served with 34,587 hours of service.

For more information, please contact Nelba Gonzalez.

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Computer Skills

Thanks to a generous grant from The Able Trust, Miami Lighthouse is able to provide access to state-of-the-art computers equipped with assistive programs for people who are blind or visually impaired to practice computer familiarization skills. Miami Lighthouse clients and other community members who are blind or visually impaired are welcome to utilize these computers.

Support Groups

Miami Lighthouse is supportive of various blindness and community organizations in the community. Groups such as the National Federation for the Blind, American Council for the Blind, Union de Ciegos Hispanos en los Estados Unidos, Florida Families of Children who are Visually Impaired and others host meetings at Miami Lighthouse. We welcome other support groups and community organizations to utilize our facilities.

For more information about our SGA department please contact Nelba Gonzalez ( and 786-362-7453) and/or Alejandra Escalona ( and 786-362-7448).





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






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.