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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Miami Lighthouse is among top 2% of nonprofits in the nation

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Construction Begins on New Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™

Miami Lighthouse has launched a new learning center for visually impaired children from birth through pre-kindergarten. The Center will provide specialized early intervention and training to help “level the playing field” when these visually impaired children enter the public school system. Groundbreaking Ceremony held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Click here. The Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ Dedication Ceremony will be on Wednesday, August 16th 2017 at 11:00am.

Click here to read a special message from President & CEO Virginia A. Jacko.

NBC Nightly News features our new pre-kindergarten

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind program helps bridge the gap for blind preschoolers through a unique curriculum.

Reviewing Websites for Accessibility Compliance

Miami Lighthouse offers website accessibility audits to private and public entities. We recommend solutions for making website content accessible for all users of assistive technologies. Click here to read “Give Visually Impaired Better Internet Access” an op-ed piece by Virginia Jacko in the Miami Herald. Click here to read “Let’s Give the Blind Better Access to Online Learning” by Virginia Jacko, an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Upcoming Events

May 24, 2017 Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Brickell City Centre

Mark your calendar for Wednesday evening, May 24th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. when Miami Lighthouse will make magical music at a brand new venue, Brickell City Centre, to benefit and celebrate our Heiken Children's Vision Program. The Heiken Program is now in its 25th year of providing free eye care for disadvantaged children. Click here to view the invitation and list of sponsors.

June 3, 2017 Engaging the Low Vision Community through Education, Research, and Service

Join us at Miami Lighthouse for an educational offering by Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Department & Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. Click here to register and view the program.

August 16, 2017 The Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ Dedication Ceremony

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired will host the official Dedication Ceremony of the Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ on Wednesday, August 16th at 601 SW 8th Avenue.

October 16, 2017 White Cane Day Presented by Florida Blue

On October 16th Miami Lighthouse will celebrate its annual White Cane Day where an estimated 200 people of all ages escorted by City of Miami Police and Fire Departments, will walk from Miami Lighthouse, down 8th Street and back, where the celebration will continue with food and music featuring Miami Lighthouse Music Program musicians, guest speakers and special presentations.


In the News

Miami Lighthouse For The Blind And Visually Impaired To Celebrate 'Topping Off' Of New Lighthouse Learning Center For Children™
An American flag ceremoniously flown over the United States Capitol will soon fly atop the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired's new addition to its growing campus-the 72,000-square-foot Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ during a Topping Off ceremony to be held on Friday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. The American flag was presented to Miami Lighthouse by Senator Marco Rubio in recognition of the agency's 85 years of service to the blind and visually impaired. Click here to read the full press release.

Miami Lighthouse has received nine consecutive 4-star ratings from the national evaluator Charity Navigator placing us in the top 1% of nonprofits in the nation. Among the approximately 8,000 charities evaluated, only 39 nonprofits are in the top 1%. There is no other nonprofit in Miami-Dade with this coveted distinction. Click here to read the full press release and you can find our rating on Charity Navigator here.

CBS News Features Miami Lighthouse Milestone Year!
This year not only marks 85 years of helping the visually impaired community; it also marks a year of expansion for Miami Lighthouse's campus. Thank you to all of our supporters and to CBS4 News for shedding light on our work to help the visually impaired live independently. "It's possible to see without sight.™".

Miami Lighthouse 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.

Blindness no handicap for active CEO Virginia Jacko
Virginia doesn't consider blindness a problem. In fact, she describes her condition often as an asset. She is never distracted by what's going on around her, but can focus, using her other senses, which she says have taken over. To function in a sighted world, Virginia didn't bemoan her fate but realized that she simply had to learn to do things differently, which she did when she entered the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired's transformational rehabilitation program in 2001.





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 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.


2013 and 2014
Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner of the Marlins Foundation and has received over $50,000 in charitable donations from the team to underwrite the cost of providing vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to underserved inner-city schoolchildren who receive eye care through our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program.




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.