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

On June 4, 2016 Miami Lighthouse in collaboration with the Florida International University Nichole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Department offered its fifth continuing education seminar for Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists to empower healthcare professionals with the knowledge they require to meet the needs of the growing number of patients who are impacted by low vision. The all-day seminar was attended by 43 registrants who received continuing education credits for their participation. Topics related to low vision and blindness as they impact functioning and quality of life from birth through the adult years included infant development, assistive technology, communication, patient/family-centered care and independent living. Click here to read the workshop evaluation summary.
     

Miami Lighthouse Certified Low Vision Therapist Raquel Van Der Biest and Chief Program Officer Carol Brady Simmons gave a presentation on “Cutting Edge Technology: Artificial Retina”

 

Miami Lighthouse Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist Lauren Bowen speaks to attendees about safe  ambulation using a white cane.

Miami Lighthouse Certified Low Vision Therapist Raquel Van
Der Biest and Chief Program Officer Carol Brady Simmons
gave a presentation on “Cutting Edge Technology: Artificial Retina”

 

Miami Lighthouse Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Lauren Bowen speaks to attendees about safe ambulation
using a white cane.

     

Miami Lighthouse Director of Children’s Programs Isabel Chica’s presentation was entitled, “The Developing Child with Visual Impairment”

Miami Lighthouse Director of Children’s Programs
Isabel Chica’s presentation was entitled,
“The Developing Child with Visual Impairment”

     

On February 7, 2015 Miami Lighthouse in collaboration with the Florida International University Nichole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Department offered a continuing education seminar for Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Nurses to empower healthcare professionals with the knowledge they require to meet the needs of the growing number of patients who are impacted by low vision. The all day seminar was attended by 44 registrants who received continuing education credits for their participation. Topics related to low vision and blindness as they impact functioning and quality of life from birth through the adult years included infant development, assistive technology, communication, patient/family-centered care and independent living. Click here to read workshop evaluation summary.

 
 



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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 ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned eleven 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.

 

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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.

   
                     

 

 

 

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Miami New Times - Best of Miami 2017

   

 

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.

 

Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.

 

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 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 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.    
                     
   
 
 

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