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Distance Learning Curriculum

Braille Music

Over ten years ago Miami Lighthouse created a unique Distance Learning Braille Music curriculum attracting national and international students. Using Expert Learning License, the Braille Music Distance Learning curriculum is used for in-home learning. To contact us for more information on how to join our Braille Music online course, call Chief Program Officer, Carol Brady-Simmons, call (786) 362-7480 or e-mail

Computer Applications

This Distance Learning Curriculum is designed to improve the digital literacy of blind and visually impaired students so they can acquire in-home learning skills to access the internet using screen reading software, such as, JAWS for Windows.

Students will learn to navigate to a desired webpage, read the page content using specific key stroke commands that provide auditory feedback, locate a desired link, save a desired page, search the internet and read selected accessible web pages. To contact us for more information on how to join our Computer Applications course, call Chief Program Officer, Carol Brady-Simmons, call (786) 362-7480 or e-mail

Early Learners

The Miami Lighthouse Academy LLC., in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, utilizes Family Engagement Messaging Tool COR Advantage to communicate daily assignments and activities with parents. Teachers and therapists interact with students through telehealth video conferencing and Unique Learning System and Bookshare are used to deliver instruction.

To read more about Miami Lighthouse and distance learning click on these articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Miami Herald.

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Roundtable: Education Through Distance Learning


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Miami Lighthouse is honored by the following


AER accredited

Miami Lighthouse is AER accredited distinguishing that an agency or school operates at the highest level of quality and is positioned to generate the outcomes needed by the clients.

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Miami Lighthouse received the coveted Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2023 Nonprofit Business Innovative Excellence NOVO Award with an organizational budget of $2 million and above.

Charity Navigator

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 13 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.

The Children's Trust

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 Learning Center for Children™ is a Florida gold seal and nationally Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE)


Florida Blue Foundation

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.

The Beacon Council

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

Marlins Charity Partner

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.

Health Foundation of South Florida

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

Miami Today

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


Miami New Times - Best of Miami 2017

Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.

United Homecare

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

South Florida Business Journal

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

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

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

PR Week

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2020 award for "Best in Nonprofit" campaign by PRWeek referred to as the "Oscars of the PR industry".


ABLE United

Miami Lighthouse is proud to be a strategic partner with ABLE United, Florida's disability savings program, to learn more visit


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