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.

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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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Conchita Hernandez Head Shot
Meet Conchita Hernández, teaching blindness across the border with the Holman Prize
Conchita will convene the first-ever blind-led conference in Guadalajara devoted to bringing blind people and their communities together.
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Portrait of Red Szell
Meet Red Szell, braving Scotland’s most extreme triathlon with the Holman Prize
Red will train for an extreme triathlon including a 213-foot climb up a sea stack in Scotland.
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Stacy Cervenka with her husband and two children.
Meet Stacy Cervenka, creating an online community for blind travelers with the Holman Prize
Stacy’s Holman Prize ambition is to research, develop and launch a “blind Yelp” of sorts, called the Blind Travelers Network.
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Photo trio of the 2018 Holman Prizewinners, from left to right: Red Szell, Stacy Cervenka, and Conchita Hernández
Announcing the 2018 Holman Prizewinners
The three Holman Prizewinners, Stacy Cervenka, Conchita Hernández and Red Szell, were announced after a rigorous judging process.
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The Dr. Jacob Bolotin Trophy features a brass plaque and a spinning medallion with a tactile depiction of Dr. Jacob Bolotin.
Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award will help support our new on-demand mapping software for the blind
LightHouse accepts a national award innovation in the blindness field.
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A woman examines a tactile graphic at a presentation during SF Design Week.
Ten things to know about tactile graphics
Our MAD Lab is always generating new ways to convey visual information in accessible formats. Here's what you need to
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