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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Services and Programs

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.

Braille Music Distance Learning

Braille music lessons from nationally acclaimed Better Chance Music Production Program is available in a distance learning format for blind and visually impaired students throughout the U.S. The course enables Level 2 Braille readers to have information on sheet music equivalent to a sighted musician.

Children’s Services

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

Adult Services

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

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.

Braille Lessons

Miami Lighthouse offers lessons designed to improve the Braille skills of visually impaired people.


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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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