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Episode 10: Miami Lighthouse United Voices Choir - A Vision for the Holidays

A holiday album recorded by the Miami Lighthouse United Voices Choir. Happy Holidays!

Episode 9: A Discussion on the World of Ridesharing Through the Lens of Accessibility and Equity for the Blind

We interview three guests who have a unique viewpoint on making ride-sharing more accessible and inclusive for the blind and visually impaired. Briana Gilmore is a trailblazer in the realm of accessibility and public policy. As the Head of Public Policy, Accessibility & Marginalized Communities at Uber, Briana has been instrumental in shaping the policies that drive equitable and inclusive transportation options for all. She's a driving force behind the initiatives that ensure ridesharing is a viable, safe, and convenient option for the blind and visually impaired community.

Episode 8: A discussion on employment training and work opportunities for the disabled

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.

Episode 7: A Heart-to-Heart Discussion with Former Governor of New York David Paterson

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.

Episode 6: A Discussion with Two Truly Daring Adventurers

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.

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Episode 5: A Discussion About the Arts at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

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.

Episode 4: A discussion about the importance of Website Accessibility

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.

Episode 3: A discussion about Cortical Visual Impairment, or CVI, the Number 1 cause of pediatric visual impairments in the developed world

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, and Caterina Sastri a parent with a child with CVI and Board Director at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind.

Episode 2: A discussion on advances in technology and the latest wearable devices for the visually impaired

Gus Alexiou, Diversity and Inclusion Contributor for Forbes Magazine, and John Garcia, Manager of Miami Lighthouse's Low Vision Solutions Center and

Episode 1: Welcome to Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

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.


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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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