LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Founded in 1902, San Francisco’s LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. We offer blindness skills training and relevant services such as access to employment, education, government, information, recreation, transportation and the environment. We also pursue the development of new technology, encourage innovation, and amplify the voices of blind individuals around the world.


LightHouse News

George Wurtzel shows two male students the difference between Phillips-head and slotted head screwdrivers.
YES Program Teaches Teamwork, Practical Skill, and the Value of Mentorship
This past weekend, we hosted 23 blind and visually impaired youth from throughout the Bay Area and California.
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The Holman Prizewinners stand together and smile on Ocean Beach.
Start Dreaming: Holman Prize Applications Open in January
The Holman Prize 2018 application process will open in January. Learn more about the process here.
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A close up of the San Joaquin Transit District Tactile Maps, complete with talking pen.
San Joaquin RTD Introduces Accessible Transit Maps in Collaboration with LightHouse’s MAD Lab and CCBVI
San Joaquin RTD launches Talk to Me Maps, a set of audio and tactile maps of transit boarding areas to
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Two pairs of hands fold pastry dough around an apple filling.
Need Some Kitchen Confidence? Now Offering One-on-Ones with Cooking Instructor Sydney Ferrario
Learn adaptive techniques for cooking and baking by scheduling a one-on-one in the LightHouse Teaching Kitchen.
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Holman Prizewinner Penny Melville-Brown uses a tactile map of 1155 Market Street during a walking tour of downtown San Francisco
Maps, at Your Fingertips: The LightHouse Store Announces On-Demand Tactile Maps
LightHouse's MAD Lab is excited to offer custom tactile maps of an address of your choosing at our Adaptations Store.
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Blind user Aerial Gilbert uses Actiview to watch a move in a dark theater.
This Thanksgiving, the Actiview App Brings Video Description to Five New Theatrical Releases
Accessible movie-going app announces five Hollywood and independent releases.
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An O6 is held. It is a small, circular device.
O6: Get the ‘Eyes-Free’ Portable Smart Remote in our Adaptations Store
The O6 is a tactile hand-held dial that allows you to remotely control your smart devices.
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Camp Director Tony Fletcher assesses the fire damage in the Lower Chapel at Enchanted Hills.
Join the #GivingTuesday Movement on November 28 to Rebuild EHC
Help us raise $10,000 on November 28 to rebuild one of the 10 cabins we lost in the fire.
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Two white goats, Saint Christopher and Saint Nicholas, bursting through the stable doors at EHC.
The Baby Saints: The Story of a Heroic Rescue at Enchanted Hills Camp
The story of how our two EHC goats were saved by the Napa community during the Nuns fire.
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