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.

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Ojok smiles with his white bee hat and net catching the light, while bees fly around him.
An Untapped Market: How Ojok Simon is training the next generation of Ugandan beekeepers
A check-in with the Holman prizewinner who is training blind beekeepers in Uganda.
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Transbay tower sits at the entrance of the new center.
Tour the Salesforce Transit Center with LightHouse
On Sunday at midnight, the “Grand Central Station of the West” opened, right in our backyard. The new San Francisco
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CalABLE graphic with two hands over the state of California
CalABLE: A New Way for Californians On SSI to Save Money
Four years ago, disability advocate Stephen Beck Jr. presented a simple but troubling problem to Congress: his daughter, who had
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Three teens hang out on the shady porch of the dining hall before lunch.
EHC Rises Again: An Update from Our Biggest Teen Session Ever
Despite challenges, upgrades to EHC have it looking better than ever.
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Two women set up their audio description equipment and get ready to watch a movie in an AMC theater.
Get paid to watch movies: Seeking blind CA residents for paid AMC Theatres user study
LightHouse seeks Bay Area and Los Angeles residents over age 18 for a paid usability study.
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A closeup of a tactile graphic shows Charlie Brown challenging Snoopy to a race.
LightHouse’s MAD Lab designs tactile comic strips for the Charles M. Schulz Museum
The LightHouse MAD Lab worked with the Charles M. Schulz Museum to create a tactile representation of a four-panel Peanuts
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Holman Prizewinner Ahmet Ustunel paddles into the blue of the Bosphorus Strait in a white kayak labeled
To get to the other side: The Blind Captain makes his mark
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, Ahmet Ustunel successfully solo-kayaked across the Bosphorus Strait.
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YES Academy student stands over salads made by students for the dinner
Photos: Meet the YES Academy class of 2018
The youth employment academy at LightHouse reflects on a full summer.
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Ahmet Ustunel practices for his solo crossing of the Bosphorus Strait in a bright yellow kayak.
Crossing the Bosphorus: Here’s how “the Blind Captain” will pull off his solo kayaking journey
At 10 a.m. on July 21, Ahmet will attempt the journey he’s been planning for more than a year.
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