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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PRE-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) (Ages 14 to 22)

Spring Break: March 25 to March 29 2019
Summer Camp: June 10 to August 9 2019

Being a teenager can be difficult at times, but being a teenager with a visual impairment presents a whole new set of challenges. The Pre-Employment Transition Services is a year-round program that provides individuals 14-22 the opportunity to develop skills to enter the work force or post-secondary education. Students learn important life skills like home and personal management, assistive technology, job readiness, orientation and mobility, social skills and community integration. They are able to use the kitchen, prepare their own meals using safe techniques, and learn how they can label and organize their own home so they can access things without limitations. Students keep up to date resumes, participate in job interviews and are able to participate in on-the job training. The goal is to help these children reach their full potential, for some of the students improving Braille Literacy is an important component of their curriculum. In 2017, 43 teenagers were served in our Pre-Employment Transition Services program.

The Pre-Employment Transition Services Program is year-round. During the school year, the program meets every Saturday and on Miami-Dade County Public Schools Teacher Work Days. In addition to the training listed above, students attend a number of field trips throughout the community, participate in interesting seminars and workshops, and receive training in the latest technology, such as iPads.

During the summer, the program offers a nine week summer program from June 11th to August 10th, 2018. Every Thursday students attend field trips that promote community engagement. If you would like more information or are interested in joining, please contact Betty Chavarria, Manager of Transition and Education Services at 786-362-7523 or

Miami Lighthouse Pre-ETS/Transition Students Receive OrCam Assistive Devices

Three of our Pre-ETS/Transition students, Emily, Diandre, and Marnel received an OrCam, a portable, wearable, light-weight smart camera for blind and visually impaired persons. It reads aloud printed or digital text, and identifies faces, products, and paper money all in real time. The students received the OrCams a result of a team effort between the Miami Dolphins, Israel Consulate in Miami, and OrCam.

Representatives from the three organizations visited the Miami Lighthouse to distribute the device, demonstrate its capabilities and train the students on how to use it. Diandre stated, "I have an interest in the law and helping people out. I want to be a lawyer. I think this OrCam is really going to help me achieve that goal." Emily said, "The OrCam has been a great change in my life and [will positively impact] my future." According to Marnel, "The OrCam has allowed me to be more productive in life. Not only has it allowed me to be more efficient in my work, I now have the opportunity to compete in a fast-paced work environment where the size of the print does not dictate the quality and value of my work."




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.