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  • Issue 115 July 2024

    • Florida Panthers Win!

    • Miami Lighthouse students and staff welcome important visitors

    • Miami Dolphins Rookie Class hosts Miami Lighthouse Students and Families

    • Miami Lighthouse Completes Fourth Charity Navigator Encompass Beacon

    • Young Professionals of the Lighthouse Legislative Luncheon

  • Issue 114 June 2024

    • Music Under the Stars Honors Superintendent Dr. Jose L. Dotres

    • Daniel Solomon is on a mission to reshape perceptions of the blind

    • Bouldering for Blindness raises funds for Miami Lighthouse

    • Miami Lighthouse Music Program, former Transition Program Student honored

    • Miami-Dade County Commissioner Kevin Marino Cabrera visits Miami Lighthouse

  • Issue 113 May 2024

    • Oseas De Leon selected for the USA Blind Soccer Men's National Team

    • Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program receives award from the Ocean Reef Community Foundation

    • Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami

    • Miami Lighthouse welcomes new Guide Dog Sama

  • Issue 112 April 2024

    • Miami Film Festival entry features Miami Lighthouse Students

    • Vote for Papi the Peacock in honor of Earth Day

    • Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami

    • Miami Lighthouse welcomes new Guide Dog Sama

  • Issue 111 March 2024

    • USA Blind Soccer comes to Miami!

    • "Valentine's Luncheon" Celebrates our Volunteers

    • Speaking of Volunteers, we Honor Joan Spector

  • Issue 110 February 2024

    • Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Celebrates Historic 95-Year Milestone with its Diamond Anniversary Celebration Presented by Northern Trust

    • Carol Brady-Simmons, our Chief Program Officer!

    • Did you read about Daniel Solomon?

    • Are you interested in playing or coaching Blind Soccer?

  • Issue 109 November 2023

    • 95th Anniversary Restricted Reserve Fund Announced at See the Light Luncheon

    • Another Great "White Cane Day" Celebration!

    • Our Miami Lighthouse Artists are Winners!

    • Give Miami Day

  • Issue 108 October 2023

    • Miami Lighthouse wins coveted Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce NOVO Award

    • Our students enjoy a "once in a lifetime" experience!

    • Miami Dade Optometric Physicians Association Meeting held at Miami Lighthouse

    • White Cane Day Celebration - Monday October 16, 2023

  • Issue 107 September 2023

    • Our Miami Lighthouse Academy Gets the Spotlight. "Diversity and Inclusion Prepare Everyone for the Real World"

    • Back-to-School Eye Screenings, Eye Exams and Prescription Glasses provided to Keys Gate Charter

    • Teenagers Visit the Florida Panthers Learn to Play Floorball

  • Issue 106 August 2023

    • Legislative Luncheon is a Huge Success

    • Girl Scout Troop 552 Creates Unique Music Curriculum

    • Teenagers Visit the Florida Panthers Learn to Play Floorball

  • Issue 105 July 2023

    • Miami Lighthouse Summer Camp Students Experience Court Visit

    • Miami Marlins host 'Touch Tour' for Miami Lighthouse Summer Camp Students

    • Miami Lighthouse's Heiken Program Makes a Lasting Impact on the Lives of Children throughout the State

    • Young Professionals are Pleased to Invite YOU!

  • Issue 104 June 2023

    • Music Under the Stars Celebrates 31 Years of Providing Comprehensive Eye exams and Glasses at No Cost to Underserved Children

    • CEO Virginia Jacko Addresses "New Markets Tax Credit Summit"

    • Temple Beth Am and Hochberg Lower School East Campus Volunteer at Miami Lighthouse

    • Florida Blue Leadership Visits Miami Lighthouse

  • Issue 103 May 2023

    • Miami Lighthouse United Voices Choir

    • Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami

    • Creating a CVI-Conscious Community

  • Issue 102 April 2023

    • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Playground Expansion

    • Miami Lighthouse Academy Graduate featured in Exceptional Parents Magazine

    • Annual Art Walk at Miami Lighthouse

  • Issue 101 March 2023

    • McCrea Family Volunteer Luncheon

    • "It's Possible To See ART Without Sight"

    • Empathy and Inclusion: Miami Lighthouse Bridges Gap for Blind, Visually Impaired Students

    • Celebrating the 100th Issue of our Light Line™

    • Miami Lighthouse Needs You

  • Issue 100 February 2023

    • Inter Miami CF Academy Coaches Provide Miami Lighthouse Teenagers Soccer Clinic

    • Fascinating Interview with Former Governor of New York State

    • Rotary International President Visits Miami Lighthouse

    • An Unforgettable Event for 10 of our Visually Impaired Students

  • Issue 99 December 2022

    • Our Lions Clubs made this Thanksgiving Holiday extra special

    • Miami Lighthouse Teenagers visit Restaurant Brands International

    • ZEISS Vision Care makes donation to Miami Lighthouse

  • Issue 98 November 2022

    • Miami Lighthouse Announces Two New Challenges at annual "See the Light Luncheon"

    • White Cane Day is a Major Success

  • Issue 97 October 2022

    • Join us for National White Cane Day!

    • City of Miami Police Cadets visit Miami Lighthouse Academy

    • Tune into our Vision Insights Podcast

  • Issue 96 September 2022

    • Back to School at Miami Lighthouse Academy

    • Miami Lighthouse Academy Promotes Empathy

    • Young Professionals of Miami Lighthouse Host Networker

  • Issue 95 August 2022

    • Miami Lighthouse Legislative Luncheon

    • Music Program Summer Campers meet the Miami Marlins

    • Young Professionals of Miami Lighthouse Networker

  • Issue 94 July 2022

    • Great News! Our young artist are big winners

    • Congratulations to Miami Lighthouse Academy Graduates

    • Lighthouse Legislative Luncheon

    • Celebrity Cruise Exclusive Offer

  • Issue 93 June 2022

    • Music Under the Stars Celebrates 30 Years of Providing Comprehensive Eye Exams and Glasses at No Cost to Underserved School Children

    • Our hats off to YouTube and Florida Blue!

    • CEO Jacko and Senior Vice President Sisser featured in Miami Today's Best of Miami

  • Issue 92 May 2022

    • Mark your calendar for May 25th. It’s time for “Music Under the Stars – Bon Appetit”

    • Beeping Easter Egg Hunt is a major success!

    • Teenage students from our Transition Program enjoy fishing experience

    • Ocean Reef Community Foundation awards our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program

  • Issue 91 April 2022

    • We need your vote!

    • "It's Possible to See ART Without Sight" was a major success

    • Young Professionals Mixer

    • Miami Lighthouse celebrated "Employee Appreciation Day"

  • Issue 90 March 2022

    • Art Walk at Miami Lighthouse

    • "Safe Streets Summit" makes stop at Miami Lighthouse

    • Low Vision Awareness Month

  • Issue 89 February 2022

    • COVID-19 Testing at Miami Lighthouse

    • Art Walk at Miami Lighthouse

    • Miami Lighthouse "Umbrella" is a definite winner

    • Miami Lighthouse CVI Collaborative Center continues to make the news

  • Issue 88 December 2021

    • Giving Tuesday to our New CVI Collaborative

    • "Music Under the Stars" is a successful Miami Lighthouse extravaganza

    • Miami Lighthouse Family Night at FTX Arena

    • Are you Holiday Shopping?

  • Issue 87 November 2021

    • Miami Lighthouse opens Florida's first CVI Collaborative Center

    • "White Cane Day" celebration is a major success

    • Miami-Dade Beacon Council Newsletter features Miami Lighthouse program participant

    • Did you know?

  • Issue 86 October 2021

    • Miami Herald recognizes Miami Lighthouse role in CVI Awareness Month

    • Students enjoy early training thanks to superior products available at Lighthouse Shop

    • Join us for our annual National White Cane Day Walk

    • Will you be joining us for our See the Light Luncheon?

  • Issue 85 September 2021

    • Welcome Back To School at Miami Lighthouse Academy

    • Miami Lighthouse student is a finalist in the International Braille Challenge

    • Miami Marlins make an impact this summer with our Miami Lighthouse teenage students

    • Miami Women's Club makes another generous donation to Miami Lighthouse

    • Getting students ready for Back to School during Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

  • Issue 84 August 2021

    • Students enjoy a "delicious" on-site summer camp field trip

    • Young Professionals host Lighthouse Legislative Luncheon

    • Mark your calendars for an important date

  • Issue 83 July 2021

    • Caps off to our graduates

    • Transition students experience the amazing OrCam

    • Miami Lighthouse leads the way to corporate website accessibility

    • Miami Lighthouse hosts Legislative Luncheon

  • Issue 82 June 2021

    • Technology creates a Magical Field Trip in The City Beautiful

    • Ocean Reef Community Foundation awards our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program

    • Miami Lighthouse accepts Cryptocurrency donations

    • "Healthy Vision Month" with OrCam

    • Website Accessibility Seminar at Miami Lighthouse

  • Issue 81 May 2021

    • Getting ready for Summer

    • Join us for Andrea Bocelli's Winter Concert!

    • Aventura/North Miami Beach Lions Club honors two Students with Scholarships

    • Our School has an Exciting New Name

  • Issue 80 April 2021

    • Beeping Easter Hunt allows Visually Impaired Children to enjoy a beloved holiday tradition

    • Miami Lighthouse expands classrooms and names its school Miami Lighthouse Academy at "Topping-out" Ceremony

    • Florida Department of Health collaborates with Miami Lighthouse to provide vaccines to the blind and visually impaired

    • Vision Care Provided To KIPP Sunrise Academy Students Battling Income Inequity

  • Issue 79 March 2021

    • Pardon Us For Being Proud

    • Our Talented Artist Takes First Place In State Competition

    • We Are Driving The National Agenda On Website Accessibility!

  • Issue 78 January 2021

    • A Look Back at 2020 and a Hope for the Future

    • Lighthouse Learning Center Expansion Underway

    • Valentine's Day Shopping? Choose Miami Lighthouse on Amazon Smile

  • Issue 77 November 2020

    • Watch our Virtual "See the Light" Luncheon including our Virtual Ground Breaking

    • Heiken Program provides vision care to Lotus House Children

    • Virtual White Cane Day

    • November 19th is "Give Miami Day"

  • Issue 76 October 2020

    • Pérez Family Foundation and Mockingbird Foundation Announce Grants for Miami Lighthouse

    • Celebrate National White Cane Day on October 15th

    • "SEE THE LIGHT" Luncheon will be virtual this year!

    • Miami Lighthouse Lantern Newsletter

  • Issue 75 September 2020

    • New Centner Family Matching Challenge to Help Our Families

    • Miami Alumnae Chapter of Delta Gamma provides meals from Perricone's Marketplace to needy families with blind or visually impaired children

    • Our Florida Heiken Program provides free eye exams in partnership with Miami Kids Magazine

    • Miami Lighthouse receives TD Bank Charitable Foundation grant to help seniors in isolation during COVID-19

    • Miami Lighthouse Featured on CNN en Espańol

  • Issue 74 August 2020

    • "Lighthouse Shop" proves to be an important link during pandemic

    • Summer Camp emphasizes importance of fitness

    • On the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Blind People are Still left behind

  • Issue 73 July 2020

    • Summer programs for children and young adults underway

    • Graduation caravan honors Miami Lighthouse kindergarteners

    • Is your website ADA compliant and accessible?

  • Issue 72 June 2020

    • Virtual "Music Under the Stars" is a winner!

    • Miami Lighthouse featured on Despierta America

    • Miami-Dade County distributes food bags to Miami Lighthouse families

    • Great news about discount on OrCam MyEye2

  • Issue 71 May 2020

    • The Miami Herald: "Why social distancing is a challenge for the blind and what can be done about it"

    • "Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami" is going virtual!

    • Lighthouse keeps busy with distance learning for youngsters

    • Ocean Reef Community Foundation awards Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program

    • OrCam Read now available online at

  • Issue 69 March 2020

    • "Light The Way" Challenge is on!

    • McCrea Family Luncheon says "Thank you" to volunteers

    • "Mentoring" really matters at Miami Lighthouse

    • Did you know?

    • A Cause for Whiskey & Cigars

  • Issue 68 January 2020

    • Miami Lighthouse Celebrates 90th Anniversary at the Historic Biltmore Hotel

    • A look back at our beginnings as we celebrate our 90th Anniversary

  • Issue 67 December 2019

    • Beauty for the Blind

    • Miami-Dade County Public School Board Honors Miami Lighthouse Board Director

    • "Living With Low Vision Seminar"

    • Miami Lighthouse's 90th Anniversary Celebration!

    • Shop for A Cause at Lilly Pulitzer!

  • Issue 66 November 2019

    • "See the Light" Luncheon

    • White Cane Day Brings Hundreds to Little Havana!

    • MIA launches Aira Service for visually impaired passengers

    • Miami Lighthouse's 90th Anniversary Celebration at the historic Biltmore Hotel

  • Issue 65 October 2019

    • Plan to attend the "See the Light" Luncheon

    • Get ready to celebrate National White Cane Day

    • Meet the Chicken Champions!!

    • Miami Lighthouse's 90th Anniversary Celebration at the historic Biltmore Hotel

  • Issue 64 September 2019

    • Annual Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Reception and Dinner at Miami Lighthouse

    • Lighthouse Legislative Luncheon honors Champions in the Florida Legislature

    • Miami Lighthouse Student Silvio Plata sings National Anthem at Miami Marlins Game

    • Miami Lighthouse's 90th Anniversary Celebration at The Historic Biltmore Hotel

    • Mark your calendar! Miami Lighthouse's Chicken Championship is on September 13th

  • Issue 62 July 2019

    • Celebrating Excellence!

    • Rotary Club of Miami honors CEO Jacko with 2019 "Distinguished Citizens Award"

    • Our Transition Students enjoy special sensory experience during hands-on Florida Panthers Hockey Clinic

  • Issue 61 June 2019

    • An Evening Celebrating 27 Years of Preventing Blindness

    • Florida Panther's Mobile Eye Exam Unit Makes Inaugural Visit at North Miami Elementary

    • County Commissioner Bovo visits Miami Lighthouse

    • offering 20% off all sunglasses

  • Issue 60 May 2019

    • Ocean Reef Community Foundation awards Miami Lighthouse $10,000 grant for Heiken Children's Vision Program

    • It's "Music Under The Stars" time.

    • A Shared Vision That is Transforming Lives.

    • Let's Go Shopping!

  • Issue 59 April 2019

    • What's Blooming at Miami Lighthouse this Spring?

    • 90th Anniversary Preview sponsored by Northern Trust

    • Don't Miss "Music Under the Stars" on May 15th

  • Issue 58 March 2019

    • Inaugural Art Walk is an artistic success!

    • Governor names Miami Lighthouse instructor to Rehabilitation Council for the Blind.

    • Valentine's Day Luncheon thanks our hardworking volunteers.

  • Issue 57 February 2019

    • You are invited to Art Walk in Little Havana presented by Miami Lighthouse.

    • Our children created a unique National Day of Service project.

    • Teenagers are learning to live actively.

  • Issue 56 January 2019

    • Happy New Year to all.

    • Florida Panthers Foundation assures eye care services for low-income children.

  • Issue 55 December 2018

    • Thoughts on Thanksgiving.

    • A moving visit by Archbishop Thomas Wenski.

    • Report on our successful "Transitioning Through Technology" program funded by Comcast.

  • Issue 54 November 2018

    • "See The Light" Luncheon is Major Success.

    • Miami Lighthouse is Recipient of Best Buy Community Grant.

    • Our Teenage Program Golfs at The First Tee of Miami.

    • Join the Give Miami Day Movement!

  • Issue 53 October 2018

    • Able Trust Recognizes Miami Lighthouse High School High Tech Sites.

    • Ocean Reef Community Foundation awards Miami Lighthouse $10,000 grant for Heiken Children's Vision Program.

    • Miami Lighthouse Chicken Championship Wing Contest.

    • Join us on White Cane Day, October 15.

  • Issue 52 September 2018

    • We've earned GuideStar USA's Gold Seal for 2018.

    • Experts explore legal and business implications of website accessibility.

    • Miami Lighthouse to perform live music to the iconic silent movie, The Great Train Robbery, at Arts Launch 2018!

  • Issue 51 August 2018

    • Website Accessibility Seminar at Miami Lighthouse.

    • Luncheon honors Florida Legislature's support of our Heiken Children's Vision Program.

    • CEO Jacko attends prestigious Harvard Business School Program.

    • Our teenage students get firsthand financial training from HSBC Bank.

  • Issue 50 July 2018

    • Pre-K Grads Dads celebrate Father's Day with a close shave.

    • Thanks, Miami Seaquarium, for a wonderful day.

    • Artist Daniel Bottero joins Miami Lighthouse in a "fun"raising benefit.

    • TV show introduces important Miami Lighthouse programs and services to Central America.

    • Miami Lighthouse Legislative Luncheon

  • Issue 49 June 2018

    • Music Under the Stars... An Incredible Evening!

    • Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program Receives Miami-Dade County Public Schools 2018 Values Matter Award

    • INK Global Gives Back to Miami Lighthouse

    • Miami Lighthouse's Raquel Van Der Biest Receives Prestigious Award

    • An Evening With Artist Daniel Bottero

    • Miami Lighthouse Legislative Luncheon

  • Issue 48 May 2018

    • Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami

    • Member of our Pre-K Staff

    • Virginia Jacko on Extraordinary CEO with Doug Eadie

  • Issue 47 March 2018

    • Honoring Our President's Club Donors.

    • Our Innovative Pre-K Program is Truly Amazing.

    • Meet Two of our Pre-K Mothers and their Youngsters.

    • Help prevent blindness by attending Music Under the Stars.

  • Issue 46 February 2018

    • Music Under the Stars will Help Prevent Blindness

    • Miami Lighthouse students take South Regional Braille Challenge by storm

    • SGA clients enjoy a 'berry' special day at Knaus Berry Farm

  • Issue 45 January 2018

    • OrCam to host demonstration at Miami Lighthouse

    • Miami Lighthouse's Learning Center for Children takes a "hands on" approach to the Florida State Capitol for Children's Week

    • Young Professionals of the Lighthouse: "Visionaries of Tomorrow"

  • Issue 44 December 2017

    • Thanks to our generous Give Miami Day donors

    • Miami-Dade County School Board Member Mari Tere Rojas Honors CEO and President Virginia Jacko

    • McDonald's welcomes blind teenagers

    • Nova Southeastern University's College of Business & Entrepreneurship visits Miami Lighthouse

  • Issue 42 October 2017

    • How Miami's Blind Handled Hurricane Irma

    • Able Trust recognizes Miami Lighthouse leadership

    • Miami-Dade Beacon Council visits Miami Lighthouse

  • Issue 41 September 2017

    • Our new Lighthouse Learning Center for Children is open and singing!

    • Miami Lighthouse Band to perform at Arts Launch 2017

    • OrCam to host a Demo Day at Miami Lighthouse on September 18th

    • Don't Miss Out on Our Third Annual Chicken Wing Eating Championship!

  • Issue 40 August 2017

    • It's Grand Opening Time!

    • Blind Teenager's Learn the 'Art of Shaving'

    • Exciting New Technology for the Visually Impaired!

  • Issue 39 July 2017

    • Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami Charity 2017" by Miami New Times

    • Congratulations to our Pre-K Graduates, Class of 2017!

    • Daddies of Pre-K Kids Get Early Father's Day Gift

    • HeroBoys Reinforce Positive Values to Children's Summer Camp Students

    • Aventura North Miami Beach Lions Club Presents Scholarship to Miami Lighthouse Students

  • Issue 38 June 2017

    • Pardon Us for Being Proud!

    • Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program 25th Anniversary Celebration Includes Announcement by Major League Baseball

  • Issue 37 May 2017

    • Aptos Volunteer Day!

    • Sounds delicious! "Music Under The Stars: Bon Appétit Brickell City Centre" scheduled for May 24th

    • Baseball goes to bat for our Florida Heiken Children's Program

    • "Topping Off" ceremony for Lighthouse Learning Center was the tops!

    • COMPONENT Event to Benefit Miami Lighthouse

  • Issue 36 April 2017

    • Stakeholders Deserve to Know

    • April 7th is "Topping Off" time!

    • UM's Delta Gamma Sorority continues their philanthropic mission

  • Issue 35 March 2017

    • NBC Nightly News features our new pre-kindergarten

    • Tradition! Tradition! Time to honor our volunteers

    • UM's Delta Gamma Sorority continues their philanthropic mission

    • Miami Lighthouse receives ninth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator!

    • Join Miami Lighthouse at Pause for a Cause

  • Issue 34 February 2017

    • Miami Lighthouse Celebrates 85th Anniversary at the Historic Biltmore Hotel

    • Mayor Regalado Visits Miami Lighthouse to Deliver Toys

    • Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners Recognizes Miami Lighthouse

    • In the Tradition of Louis Braille

  • Issue 33 December 2016

    • The meaning of "inclusion" from a grateful parent

    • Celebrating 85 years of excellence

    • Meet Jorge Hernandez

    • Lions Host Thanksgiving Lunch

  • Issue 32 November 2016

    • Matching Challenge announced at the "See the Light Luncheon," celebrating 85 years of service

    • Happy Halloween!

    • Innovative Pre-K program well underway at Miami Lighthouse

    • White Cane Day celebration was a community awakening

  • Issue 31 October 2016

    • Marlins Ayudan Demonstrate the Spirit of the Miami Marlins

    • Miami Herald Prints Important Op Ed Column Titled "Give Visually Impaired Better Internet Access"

    • Bascom Palmer holds 9th Annual Reception at Miami Lighthouse

    • Join Billy The Marlin on White Cane Day!

    • Annual See the Light Luncheon at Riviera Country Club

    • 2nd Annual Chicken Wing Eating Contest Raises Funds for Miami Lighthouse Music Program

  • Issue 30 September 2016

    • Miami Lighthouse Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named 2016 Program of the Year by The Children's Trust

    • Breaking Ground on our Lighthouse Learning Center for Children

    • University of Miami President Visits Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

    • Miami-Dade Elections Department Presents 'Be Election Ready'¯ Session at Miami Lighthouse

    • CEO Jacko is a Guest Speaker at Rotary Club '100 Year Celebration'¯

    • Edward A. Spence: Job Readiness Program Success Story

    • Young Professionals of the Lighthouse Present the 2nd Annual Chicken Wing Eating Contest!

  • Issue 29 August 2016

    • Feel the excitement!

    • We're celebrating with the Division of Blind Services!

    • The Road to Rio: Paralympian Natalie Bieule Visits Miami Lighthouse

    • EXILE Books, HistoryMiami Museum, and Miami Lighthouse Work Together

    • Meet Krizia Perez, Manager of the Blind Babies & Children's Program

  • Issue 28 July 2016

    • Exciting news about our new Learning Center for Children!

    • Miami Lions Continue Their Tradition as Founders

    • Miami Marlins Host 'Touch Tour'

    • FAASB Holds Annual Meeting at Miami Lighthouse

    • Meet Our Vision Solutions Center Team

  • Issue 27 June 2016

    • Music Under The Stars: A fabulous evening!

    • Status report on the Lighthouse Learning Center

    • Summertime is STAR Program time at Miami Lighthouse!

    • Meet Rob Saunders, new Manager of the Better Chance Music Program

    • Congratulations to our President & CEO Virginia Jacko on being recognized as one of South Florida Business Journal's Women of Influence!

  • Issue 26 May 2016

    • Listen to Guest Performance of Hall & Oates' Top 100 Hits

    • Congresswoman IIeana Ros-Lehtinen comes to Miami Lighthouse to meet Eva

    • Miami Lighthouse awarded CDBG Childcare Services Program Grant

    • UM's Delta Gamma has a history with Miami Lighthouse

    • Miami Lighthouse Wins Silver Medal at Miami Today's Awards Ceremony

    • Meet Jessica Alessio, Visual Rehabilitation Therapist

    • You're invited

  • Issue 25 April 2016

    • 'Music Under The Stars'¯ moves to exciting new venue!

    • Meet Eva and her trainer, Dave Hagemann

    • And speaking of dog!

    • Transition students joined the workforce at this year's Youth Fair

    • Ronald McDonald drops by!

    • You're Invited

  • Issue 24 March 2016

    • Introducing the Miami Lighthouse Learning Center for Children

    • Tickets now on sale for the Yappy Hour!

    • It was Beep Baseball Classic time at Marlins Park!

    • McCrea Valentine Luncheon was 'thank you time'¯ for our faithful volunteers

    • Spanish-language radio listeners learn about the benefits of Miami Lighthouse Programs

    • Join us for a night of comedy to benefit Miami Lighthouse!

  • Issue 23 February 2016

    • February is Low Vision Awareness Month

    • Students Learn about How People Cope with Vision Loss & Decide to Give Back

    • Let's Talk About Website Accessibility

    • Light Line Editor Wins Alliance for Aging 'Positive Living Award'¯

    • Join Us On February 8th at the McDonald's in Little Havana

  • Issue 22 January 2016

    • Miami Lighthouse welcomes 2016. Make it a happy and healthy one!

    • Florida Blue Foundation Selects Miami lighthouse For The Blind To Bring Low Vision Services To Underserved Seniors Affected By Age-Related Eye Disease

    • Miami Herald's Wish Book

    • Collaborating with Academe

  • Issue 21 December 2015

    • It's time to be thankful

    • Miami Lighthouse instructors collaborate with Comcast in launching the Talking Guide Spanish Version

  • Issue 20 November 2015

    • Eighth consecutive 4-star rating announced November 1

    • 'See the Light Luncheon' set to launch 85th Anniversary Celebration

    • Miami Lighthouse: Leading the way in Adult Education and Job Training.

    • Guidepost for Success: Miami Lighthouse's High School High Tech Program

  • Issue 19 October 2015

    • Meet Paulin Winick, Miami Lighthouse's new Job Coach.

    • Grab your sneakers and join us for Nation White Cane Day!

    • Young Professionals of the Lighthouse host Miami Lighthouse Chicken Championship

    • Miami Lighthouse Collaborates with Local School

  • Issue 18 September 2015

    • A conversation with 'bionic eye'¯ recipient, Carmen Torres

    • 2016 is almost here! Our 85th Anniversary is just a few months away

    • Eighth Annual Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Reception at Miami Lighthouse, August 26, 2015

  • Issue 17 August 2015

    • Batter Up! Music students get a 'touch¯' tour of Miami Marlins Park

    • It's summer and that means the kids are keeping busy at Miami Lighthouse!

    • Our Heiken Children's Vision Program is featured in Florida Blue Newsletter

    • Mayor Regalado receives a Braille thank you note

  • Issue 16 July 2015

    • Spotlight on Young Professionals at Legislative Luncheon

    • We're growing a 'Garden of the Five Senses'.

    • Profile of the Month Introducing Senior Case Manager Corina Hernandez and Case Manager Yuni Miguez

  • Issue 15 June 2015

    • Miami Lighthouse honored at Florida Blue Sapphire Awards Luncheon!

    • June's here and the excitement is growing!

    • 'Music Under The Stars: Bon Appétit Miami'¯ is a major success.

    • There's a 'revolution'¯ going on at our Vision Solutions Center

  • Issue 14 May 2015

    • It's 'Music Under The Stars: Bon Appétit Miami'¯ time at Miami Lighthouse

    • Florida Blue Names Miami Lighthouse Winner of a 2015 Sapphire Award!

    • Publix Chooses Miami Lighthouse for 'Day of Service'¯

  • Issue 12 March 2015

    • Miami Lighthouse Among Top 2% of Nonprofits in the Nation

    • McCrea Family Volunteer Recognition Lunch Enjoys a Delicious Surprise!

    • Walk, Waggle & Stroll! It's Dog Walk Time on Sunday, March 15th

    • Comcast brings Voice Guided Television to the Miami Lighthouse

    • Engaging the Low Vision Community through Education, Research, and Service

    • City of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine visits Miami Lighthouse

    • Miami Lighthouse Students Join Miami Marlins for Beep Baseball at Marlins Park

  • Issue 11 February 2015

    • Miami Lighthouse is Collaborating with Bascom Palmer on Retinal Prosthesis System

    • NAC Holds Semi-annual Meeting at Miami Lighthouse

    • iPhone Technology Making a Major Difference for the Blind & Visually Impaired

    • Our Teens Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in a Unique Manner

    • Miami Lighthouse Elects New Board Chair

  • Issue 9 December 2014

    • 'See The Light'¯ Luncheon Honors Miami Lighthouse Supporters

    • Mid-year Stakeholders Report Offers Exciting News

    • Upcoming Event

  • Issue 8 November 2014

    • Celebration Marks Opening of Educational Empowerment Center

    • More than 200 Walkers Attend 'White Cane Day'¯

    • 'See the Light Luncheon'¯ Scheduled for Nov. 20th at Riviera Country Club

    • Beta Tau Chapter of Delta Gamma Holding 'Anchor Splash 2014'¯ on November 2nd & 3rd

    • Profile Of The Month Meet Krizia Perez, Social Worker for the Children's Program

  • Issue 7 October 2014

    • Our 'Low Vision Solutions Center'¯ Takes Center Stage

    • Dedication of Educational Empowerment Center Set for Oct. 7th

    • Come Walk With Us on 'White Cane Day'¯!

    • Profile Of The Month Meet John Garcia, LDO, Manager, Low Vision Solutions Center

  • Issue 5 August 2014

    • Young Professionals of the Lighthouse (YPOL) Host Legislative Luncheon

    • Lighthouse's Teenage Campers Play Beep Ball with Miami Marlins Interns

    • Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) Awards Important New Grants to Miami Lighthouse

    • Profile Of The Month Meet Joe Greene - Manager of Education Services

  • Issue 4 July 2014

    • Listen Up! That's Your "Pill Reminder" Talking to You

    • Summer Camp Offers "Gift of Independence'¯

    • Profile Of The Month Meet Raquel Van Der Biest, OTR/L & CLVT

  • Issue 3 June 2014

    • Look Up! Our New 4th Floor is Nearing Completion.

    • Feel the Heat: It's Summer Camp Time at Miami Lighthouse

    • Congratulations Natalia Sulca!

    • Profile of the Month Meet Jeff Rabalais, Facilities & Transportation Manager

    • High-end Auction Item Available

  • Issue 2 May 2014

    • We Keep Growing!

    • Truly A Night to Remember!

    • Transition Program Teens Test New App for iTunes

    • Profile Of The Month Meet Emily Nostro, Transition Program Specialist

  • Issue 1 March 2014

    • Report to Stakeholders

    • Save the date! Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. Join us for Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami

    • Tail-Wagging Success: Our 7th Annual "Walk, Waggle & Stroll'¯

    • Profile Of The Month Meet Nelba Gonzalez, SGA Program Coordinator



Miami Lighthouse has been continuously accredited by the National Accreditation Council For Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC) since 1978 and The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) since 2017 distinguishing that an agency or school operates at the highest level of quality and is positioned to generate the outcomes needed by the clients.


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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 for the Blind and Visually Impaired has received 13 consecutive 4-star ratings, the highest rating possible, from the nation's premier independent nonprofit evaluator Charity Navigator. Attaining a 4-star rating indicates that our organization adheres to sector best practices, exceeds industry standards, and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.

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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