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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

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LightHouse Announces a FREE Self-Defense Workshop – Sign up by August 5
Have you have ever wanted to learn self-defense or been curious about how blind people can feel more safe while they’re out in the world? This is the workshop for you, and it’s free. In August the 1Touch™ Project will
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Summer Concerts: Blind Music Academy Announces Three Concert Dates in August
Blind Music Academy Offering Free Concerts in August In its third year, LightHouse’s summer Music Academy grows and expands. With an emphasis on composition, performance and learning to read and write music in braille for musicians who are blind or
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LightHouse Issues RFP for Strategic Planning Consultant
Announcement for an opportunity to work with the LightHouse as a consultant for the organization's 2016 strategic planning.
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Victor Reader Stream
Learn How to Use the Victor Reader Stream and Take One Home When You’re Done
If you are 55 or older you are eligible for free LightHouse training on the Victor Reader Stream, a handheld accessible media player that is second to none. And upon completing the training successfully you’ll be able take one home
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Author Mary Roach Visits LightHouse for the Blind [Photos]
Author Mary Roach’s bibliography looks a bit like a laundry list of corporeal functions – Stiff, Spook, Bonk, and Packing for Mars among them – but Roach’s books have been widely lauded for not only their fascinating and humorous take on very
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Spaces Filling up Fast for STEM, Woodworking, Horse Camp Sessions at Enchanted Hills Camp
Our special STEM, woodworking and horse camp sessions are returning this summer. Whether you’re a budding scientist, interested in creating artful objects from wood or ready to learn how to properly care for horses, we have the camp session for
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Perspectives from the world’s best blind writers.

Dinosaur: On Drawing While Blind
Kristen Witucki
My shame deepened as my voice became firmer. “No,” I said with the questionable authority which came both from my position as a parent and the fear which drawing would uncover. Read more.
Notes from the Dark: Diaries of a Blind Restaurant Server
Christine Malec
"The context of darkness changed them, not me" Read more.
How vs. Why: Advice from a Blind Filmmaker
Michael Schwartz
A blind documentarian gives tips on life, photography, and explaining yourself as a visually impaired filmmaker. Read more.

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