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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Photos: LightHouse’s first-ever ‘Celebration of Blind Ambition’ in San Francisco
Last Thursday, the LightHouse gathered hundreds of friends, supporters and community members at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in downtown San
A text graphic reads: Celebrate Blind Ambition
Seven Blind Leaders Honored in First-ever LightHouse Awards Ceremony
Blind Innovators and advocates from around the world convened Thursday night at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s
Holman Prizewinner Red Szell sits in climbing gear below rocks, and holds a carabiner.
Why you should apply to the Holman Prize
Being successful as a blind person is not about being a superhero. We often see images of people with disabilities
Audio Academy student Maycie performs a DJ set in the LightHouse boardroom using her laptop and DJ equipment.
From yacht-rock to pop-ballads: Our first Audio Academy broke new ground
On Sunday afternoon, the halls of LightHouse reverberated with the deep, breezy sounds of yacht rock. “Sailing takes me away
An array of carved pumpkins glow in the dark.
How to Carve a Pumpkin Non-Visually
Happy Halloween! We’re bringing you tips on how to carve a pumpkin non-visually written by our Independent Living Skills Specialist,
Penny Melville-Brown, wearing a shirt covered in red roses and a striped apron, rolls out a piece of dough in a kitchen surrounded by other bakers.
Baking Blind: How Penny Melville-Brown changed perceptions about disability by cooking across six continents
 Belgian-born chef and entrepreneur Noam Kostucki summed up 2017 Holman Prizewinner Penny Melville-Brown like this: “She’s bonkers. She’s completely
An aerial view of the University of Michigan campus.
Behind the Map: Starting over in a new city
In January, LightHouse started offering TMAP — on-demand tactile street maps — for order at our Adaptations Store (1-888-400-8933). We
In the LightHouse fitness room, five pairs of people stand back-to-back on yoga mats.
Focus on your health this fall: participate in the National Fitness Challenge
The San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired is proud to be one of three California partners with
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