We interview three guests whose experiences have informed their viewpoints on training and employing the disabled. Jonathan Villalobos is a visually impaired resident of Kendall, Florida, who lost his eye sight seven years ago and is now gainfully employed after completing life skills and job readiness training at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. David Wagner is South Florida Market President of Florida Blue, overseeing operations in eight counties from the Treasure Coast to the Keys who has been involved in his company's hiring and job retention practices for persons with disabilities. And Carol Brady-Simmons is Miami Lighthouse's Chief Program Officer, overseeing our organization's various employment training programs with more than 30 years of experience in educating persons with visual challenges.
David Paterson was the first legally blind person to be sworn in as governor of a U.S. state and the first African American governor of New York.
Shawn Cheshire is a blind Paralympian who has competed on the national and international levels in tandem cycling, biathlon, rowing, and other sports. Kaiya Armstrong, a visually impaired pilot who recently fulfilled a personal dream by flying a small airplane cross country from Arizona to Washington, D.C.
Christine Stiefel, a prominent South Florida philanthropist, art connoisseur and Founder & President of the Wildflower Foundation. Aaron Hill, Senior Group Health & Activities Instructor and arts specialist at Miami Lighthouse.
This episode features Lili Crook, Chief Operating Officer of Crook & Crook, a family owned full service marine and fishing tackle retailer located in Miami but also doing business globally through the Crook and Crook website. Robert Fine, a shareholder with the law firm of Greenberg Traurig who specializes in issues involving the Americans with Disabilities Act and Jorge Hernandez, manager of technology at Miami Lighthouse who discuss the real world aspect on the importance of website accessibility.
This episode features a conversation about cortical visual impairment with Dr. Luxme Hariharan, a pediatric ophthalmologist within the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Caterina Sastri a parent with a child with CVI and Board Director at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, and Francesca Crozier-Fitzgerald, Director of the Virginia A. Jacko Cortical Visual Impairment Collaborative Center at Miami Lighthouse.
Gus Alexiou, Diversity and Inclusion Contributor for Forbes Magazine, and John Garcia, Manager of Miami Lighthouse's Low Vision Solutions Center and LighthouseShop.org.
On the first episode of Vision Insights, we introduce you to Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, its mission and two key people instrumental in growing the organization to new heights.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.
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 received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.
Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.
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 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 2020 award for "Best in Nonprofit" campaign by PRWeek referred to as the "Oscars of the PR industry".