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MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS

March 20, 2020 – Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has announced the suspension and postponement of on-site programs to comply with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for containment of the coronavirus and social distancing. The agency’s goal is to maintain a safe workplace and encourage and/or adopt practices protecting the health of employees, clients and visitors. A detailed list and status of Miami Lighthouse programs can be found below:

  • Miami Lighthouse for the Blind follows the Miami-Dade County Public Schools schedule and guidelines. Therefore, in an effort to comply with health and safety procedures established to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Miami Lighthouse for the Blind on-site programs will be closed as of March 16th, 2020 until further notice.
  • Our Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ Pre-K and Kindergarten school based program has transitioned to virtual schooling and at home learning support through parent-led activities. Our team of FL certified teachers are available daily to children and families to assist with family needs/concerns.
  • Our Blind Babies, early intervention and parent education, Parents as Teachers home visitation program, has moved to virtual and telephonic instruction and support.
  • Pre-Employment Transition services have moved to virtual and telephonic instruction and support.
  • Spring break programs for school children have been cancelled.
  • Saturday programs and classes have been suspended and follows the Miami-Dade County Public Schools schedule and guidelines.
  • The Statewide Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program staff are working remotely to continue processing incoming referrals for vision services and issuing vouchers to eligible children. Mobile unit visits have been suspended until schools reopen.
  • Independent Living Adult (ILAP), Older Blind (ILOB) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) have moved to virtual and telephonic instructions. For all clients in need of emotional support we are providing counseling.
  • The Miami Lighthouse Senior Group Activities program (SGA) for elderly clients and Independent Living Older Blind Services, participants 55 years and older, will be suspended until further notice. Decisions about reopening of the SGA program will be made on a weekly basis, based on the status of the epidemic.

For more information about suspensions and postponements of Miami Lighthouse programs, please contact Cameron Sisser at 786-362-7515 or csisser@miamilighthouse.org.

 


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Miami Lighthouse is honored by the following

 

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.

Charity Navigator

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 12 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.

GuideStar Exchange's Gold Participant

Miami Lighthouse has earned the Gold participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse's commitment to data transparency.

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.

 
 

The Beacon Council

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

Miami Today

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

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.

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.

Health Foundation of South Florida

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.

 
 

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