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

Several naming opportunities are still available as part of our Campaign to Build a 21st Century LightHouse campaign, a project that has enabled the LightHouse to grow our programs, serve more people and expand our impact. Thank you for being a part of it, and helping us provide transformative services for people who are blind or have low vision. Every named room is marked by a permanent sign accessible in large print, braille and tactile lettering. These attractive signs are a distinctive hallmark of the new LightHouse and we’d be delighted to honor you, your family or friends with the opportunity. The new LightHouse welcomes all who are blind or have low vision. From teens looking to meet other blind kids and do some fun weekend activities, to adults adjusting to changing vision and learning the skills they need to go back to work and everything else they want to do. A community of peers and mentors, the LightHouse is for blind people to gain skills, find support and grow. Contributions to the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse will provide tangible benefits for the blind kids, teens, adults and seniors that benefit from the joy and learning of the LightHouse for the next century. To learn more about the campaign, naming opportunities or how a gift from your estate can be used to name a space and leave an enduring legacy in you or a loved one’s honor, contact 415-694-7333 or Check out our current naming opportunies [link to blog w/ text below] Here is our current list of naming opportunities: Access Technology Demo Room Adaptations Store 10th Floor Reception Auditorium-Multi-Purpose Room (capacity 150) Blindness Skills Training Area Conference Room 925 Fitness Gym and Yoga Studio Immersion Student Lounge Integrating Stairwell Living Room 11th Floor Living Room-9th Floor Volunteer Area Thank you to our donors who have named rooms: 10th Floor: Herbst 10th Floor Reception and Community Learning Center Art Room: Dove’s Nest Craft Studio Board Room: Harold S. Dobbs Board Conference Room Braille Room: Winifred Downing Braille Room DPR Conference Toom 955 Enchanted Hills Office: Gena Harper and Mike May Enchanted Hills Camp and Retreat Office Executive Suite: Michael and Leslye Dellar Executive Office Finance Offices: US Bank Finance Suite Ham Radio Room: Bill Gerrey, WA6NPC Amateur Radio Station MADLab: Jerry Kuns and Theresa Postello MADLab Pre-function Lounge: Susan O’Sullivan Room in memory of Audrey Baker Recording Studio: Mike Cole Recording Studio Staff Lounge: Mutual of America Staff Lounge STEM Lab: Innovation Lab by Toyota Student Kitchen: Hilda Angelica Cavagnero Student Kitchen Student Residence: Erman Vincent Cavagnero Student Residence Teaching Kitchen: Betty Ruhland Teaching Kitchen Tech Training Rooms: Kebbel Family Tech Labs #1, #2, #3 UC Berkeley Clinic: Joseph K. Chan Low Vision Clinic Video Conference Room: Polara Video Conference Center
Your Chance to Name a Space at the New LightHouse Headquarters
Several naming opportunities are still available as part of our Campaign to Build a 21st Century LightHouse.
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Cooking Instructor Sydney Ferrario and student Jane Flower laugh and bake in the LightHouse Teaching Kitchen.
Help Build New Programs for the Year Ahead
Fill out this two-question survey and be entered in a drawing for a free lunch for two.
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Alex leans with both hands on a skateboard in the Braille House.
Video: Meet Braille Skateboarding’s First Blind Employee
In 2013, Alex Harding moved to the US from Sierra Leone, by himself, with only a $100 bill in his
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An overview of all the items in the Premier Kit for Teacher of Blind Students.
Pick Up Your Back to School Accessibility Kit
Are you a teacher or educator working with blind and visually impaired students? Or maybe just a parent looking for
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Employment Immersion Program Manager Kate Williams works one-on-one with a student in LightHouse’s San Francisco headquarters.
In a Batch of Blind Hires, Companies Prove Dedication to Inclusivity
Lockheed Martin, App Dynamic, Grove Collective, the San Francisco Public Library and the State of the California—what do these things
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Kit Lau stands with her bike steadied in front of her.
Meet Kit Lau, the Blind 67-Year-Old Who’ll Put Your Fitness Regimen to Shame
LightHouse veteran and National Fitness Challenge participant Kit Lau wasn’t big on fitness, until she decided to sign up for
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Sexual Health Services Coordinator Laura Millar holds her head high while leading the LightHouse contingent in San Francisco Pride.
“Fear kept me away”: Our Sexual Health Coordinator on Why Her Department Exists
When Sexual Health Services Program Coordinator Laura Millar plans a new sexuality workshop or spends months gathering a LightHouse contingent
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A New Gathering Place: EHC’s Redwood Grove Theater
Get the full story of our new Redwood Grove Theater at Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa.
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LightHousers Jess and Jen run the 2010 California International Marathon.
Are you up to the LightHouse 5K Challenge?
The LightHouse’s own Serena Olsen set out this year on a mission to change fitness goals for blind people around
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