Through education, training, research and vision enhancement, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides hope, confidence, and independence to people of all ages
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It’s the services and programs that Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers that makes a lasting difference in the community. From music education to pre-employment service, from programs for children to adults to seniors, Miami Lighthouse works with people to help build their skillsets and abilities, strengthen their connections to others, and foster their enjoyment of life.

Florida Heiken Program

Established by Miami Lighthouse and its partners in 1992, the Heiken Program allows needy children to get prescription glasses free of charge.

Miami Lighthouse Music Program

Miami Lighthouse offers inclusive, innovative year-round music education for both sighted and visually impaired young adults.

Pre-Employment Transition Services

Young people 14-22 develop skills to enter the workforce or post-secondary education. Students learn important life skills, like home and personal management, assistive technology, job readiness, orientation and mobility, social skills and community integration.

Distance Learning Curriculum

This Distance Learning Curriculum is designed to improve the digital literacy of blind and visually impaired students.

Children’s Programs

Programs for children ages birth to thirteen including home visitation, Pre-K, school- age programs, and summer camp.

Low Vision Services

Low Vision Services assist patients in utilizing their remaining useful vision to stay independent by teaching them how to manage tasks of daily living despite their vision loss.

CVI Collaborative Center

The first collaboration between educators, medical professionals, researchers and service providers in the state of Florida, responding exclusively to the unique assessment and educational intervention needs of children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).

Senior Group and Health Activity Classes (SGA)

Miami Lighthouse offers a wide range of fun and exciting classes and activities designed to promote rewarding experiences and camaraderie.

Adult Programs

Programs at Miami Lighthouse enable blind and visually impaired persons to regain independent living skills.

Pro Tools Manual for the Visually Impaired

Miami Lighthouse offers lessons on Advanced Technology Access with Voice-Over on Mac™ for Pro Tools.

Job Readiness and Placement Classes

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.

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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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