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
It's Possible To See Without Sight

Charity Navigator Charity Navigator Charity Navigator GuideStar

Miami Lighthouse serving 24,810 program participants anually

Miami Lighthouse Receives National Attention as Leader in Website Accessibility

Miami Lighthouse is proud to have been featured in Time, Forbes and Politico as offering to advise the 2022 mid-term campaigns as to the importance of website accessibility.

Click here and read our latest 2023 ADA Compliance Meter Report on Payment Transfer Websites.

Its Possible to See Without Sight


Approximately 9,000 charities are evaluated each year by Charity Navigator with less than 1% achieving a perfect overall score of 100. Miami Lighthouse is among the elite 106 that have attained this score. We have also received 13 consecutive 4-star ratings, the highest rating possible. There currently is no other nonprofit in Miami-Dade with this coveted distinction. Click here to read Miami Lighthouse’s Beacon Score. You can find our rating on Charity Navigator here.

Miami Lighthouse Opens Florida’s First CVI Center To Address Pediatric Visual Impairment
Click here to read Forbes story on how Miami Lighthouse recently unveiled its new CVI Collaborative to deal with children diagnosed with cortical vision impairment, the leading cause of pediatric visual impairment.

The New York Times featured Virginia Jacko, CEO of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, in an article titled "Profiles of Change: For 7 Women, a Heartfelt Cause Became a Mission". The article highlights global leaders who have transformed their passions and concerns into actionable outcomes.


McCrea Family Volunteer Luncheon – February 14th, 2024

On Valentine's Day, February 14th we will celebrate our annual McCrea Family Volunteer Recognition Luncheon by saying "thank you" to our volunteers. For more information contact Cameron Sisser at or 786-362-7515.

Blind Soccer - Kickoff for Inclusion – February 24th, 2024

On Saturday morning, February 24, we are honored to host a group of USA Blind Soccer athletes for a special Blind Soccer - Kickoff for Inclusion event in Miami. The event will provide an exciting opportunity to witness a blind soccer demonstration and meet some athletes from the first-ever USA Blind Soccer Men's National Team. With the U.S. team making its Paralympic debut in Los Angeles at the 2028 Paralympic Games, these athletes prove that soccer is a sport for everyone and that, regardless of ability, anyone can thrive while playing.

Here are the details for this immersive Blind Soccer - Kickoff for Inclusion experience:

Date: Saturday, February 24
Arrival Time: 8:45 am ET
Event Time: 9 am – 1:00 pm ET

  • Program #1: 9 am – 10:15 am: For blind and visually impaired youth (18 & under) and adults
  • Program #2: 10:30 – 11:30 am: Blind soccer immersive experience for stakeholders and potential coaches
  • Demonstration 11:45 am – 1:00 pm: Blind soccer demonstration & meet-n-greet lunch with USA Blind Soccer Men's National Team athletes
Venue: Soctainer, in Little Havana at 820 SW 20th Ave., Miami, FL 33135. Valet parking will be provided.
Please RSVP at: Blind Soccer Kickoff for Inclusion Event Experience Registration Link

Get Involved!

Click here to find out ways how you can Get Involved at Miami Lighthouse!

Employment Opportunities

For a list of employment opportunities Click here


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.


Enroll today in our Miami Lighthouse Academy!

A best practice inclusive learning program.

2023-2024 VPK Open Registration

Low Vision Center

Need the latest tech and healthcare devices for the blind and the visually impaired?
Enjoy 10% off your first purchase at the

Double your investment through The Wildflower Challenge

Join our LightLine™ E-Newsletter

Receive a free website consultation for accessibility compliance today

Website Audits

ADA Compliance

Find out how thousands of Florida schoolchildren receive free comprehensive eye exams and prescription eyeglasses each year

Florida Heiken Program

Florida Heiken Program

Living with Low Vision

Living with Low Vision?

If you know someone affected by vision loss, check out our virtual "Living with Low Vision" series supported by Florida Blue, visit:


Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is committed to providing a fully accessible website experience.
Click here for Website Accessibility Statement

For Low Vision visitors, please select Text Only Version or Low Vision Settings

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


Copyright © 2003-2024 Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. All rights reserved. Terms and conditions.
This web site was designed and developed by BizSolutions, Inc.