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Job Readiness and Placement Classes

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Job Readiness Classes

Miami Lighthouse is expanding its current workforce development training, which includes technology training with adaptive devices, and reintroducing Sales and Customer Service Call Center Training. Our program benefits blind or visually impaired adults and creates a qualified workforce for the Customer Service Call Center business sector. Our workforce development training develops competitive job skills and helps increase public awareness of the abilities and competence of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. This initiative helps us build a more inclusive workforce of the future by expanding our reach to train more blind or visually impaired adults who are eager to gain skills and work.

Miami Lighthouse helps analyze a blind or visually impaired individual's skills and interests to assist in the search for employment. Increasing one's personal independence allows for greater opportunities in the work environment.

  • Participants develop a career plan geared towards achieving sustainable employment.
  • Training provides individuals with skills needed to enter, remain in or return to suitable employment.
  • Participants acquire skills such as effective resume writing, job searching techniques and interview skills are practiced with expert coaches.

For more information please contact Carol Brady-Simmons.

Job Placement Classes

Employers - click here to view our Job Readiness Brochure.

Unemployed blind or visually impaired candidates who are seeking employment complete the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program offered at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. Our goal is to obtain or continue employment and educational activities for individuals as full participants in the community.

During their training at Miami Lighthouse, clients learn computer skills adapted to their vision impairment. VR clients also receive high-quality training in adaptive computer access using auditory screen reading and large print magnification devices as well as Braille reading/writing and the use of electronic book readers and electronic Personal Digital Assistance access. In addition to work readiness skills, social skills and basic communication are part of the program currently offered. A Job Developer provides additional assistance with skills assessment, interview skills, job opening searches, and preparation for specific job opportunities to help visually impaired individuals obtain competitive jobs in Miami-Dade or Monroe counties. The Job Developer also searches for appropriate job fairs and prepares blind or visually impaired job candidates to participate in these events.

For more information please contact Carol Brady-Simmons.

Guadalupe, a vocational rehabilitation client learns computer skills in order to work in a call center.

Guadalupe, a vocational rehabilitation client learns computer skills in order to work in a call center.


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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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