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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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Teen Talk with Laura on Saturday, September 17
PHOTO: LightHouse Youth gather together during the July YES Academy session. Teen Talk is a comprehensive science-based educational workshop, designed specifically for high school students who are blind or have low vision. The Teen Talk workshop provides a safe space
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“Dancing Like the Stars” for Youth on Saturday, September 17
Work off the lunch you made in our Iron Chef cooking class (or just attend this class on its own) with some new dance moves. Or just attend this class on its own. You’ll have fun while our blind mentors
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Youth Cooking Class – Iron Chef of the LightHouse – Beginning Saturday, September 17
Photo: Jamey Gump teaches during last year’s Youth Cooking Class. Now that the dust has settled from the move to the new LightHouse Building we’re bringing back our popular Youth Cooking class. Since we are in a new space we’re
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Feel the Burn: Our Blind Burning Man Maps are Back
Our Black Rock City touch maps are updated and hot off the printer for Burning Man 2016.
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Tickets on Sale Now for Superfest: International Disability Film Festival!
Photo: Image from the film “Awake”. Together with the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is pleased to announce that tickets are now available for this year’s Superfest: International Disability Film Festival, our
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At Enchanted Hills You Can Stand Out and Shine!
PHOTO: Olivia Merz and Carmen Contreras, Enchanted Hills Counselors-in-Training  “You can learn a lot of things at Enchanted Hills that people unfamiliar with blindness, like parents and other people, just can’t teach you. Skills that help you with living in
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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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