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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

Ethan and Anthony cooking
Saturday, November 19: Our All-Day BEST Classes for Youth Are Back – Cooking, Sculpting and More
Photo: BEST participants Ethan Fung and Anthony Dalli prepare a chicken stir-fry during the Iron Chef of the LightHouse cooking class. BEST (Building Excellence Through Skills Training) is a once-a-month program for middle school and high school youth. Sign up
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Gerry Cannon receives award
There’s Still Time to Give Back – See the Year Out by Volunteering with the LightHouse
Photo: Volunteer Gerry Cannon receives award from LightHouse MADLab Director Greg Kehret at our Volunteer Appreciation Event. It’s not too late to show your support for our community by volunteering. Would you like to make a significant contribution to the
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AmeriCorps group sitting on bench at Enchanted Hills Camp
We Welcome AmeriCorps Back to Enchanted Hills This Winter
Photo: Last year members of AmeriCorps made many improvements at Enchanted Hills, including finishing deck railings, working on fencing on the horse trail above the Art Barn, designing a new tech lab for the Kiva, building a storage container for
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Kate Williams
A New Milestone: LightHouse’s Employment Immersion Alumni Hit $2.5M Salary Mark
Photo: Kate Williams stands on the sweeping ramp inside the Ed Roberts Campus where LightHouse has its Berkeley office. Everyone in the blindness community knows the ominous statistics: At least 60 – possibly even as many as 70 percent –
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YES Students with mannequin
Saturday, November 12: Youth Can Learn How to Advocate for Everything You Need (YES Workshop)
Photo: (Left to right) YES students Billy Lei, Carlos Torres and Austin Walker learn about appropriate attire for job interviewing. They are standing next to a mannequin dressed in suit and tie. The November YES workshop is Making Advocacy Accessible
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Black letters on a green background. Underneath the image of a royal crown the words
World of Sex: All About Condoms – For Young Adults
This month’s World of Sex workshop is titled “All about Condoms”, and is exclusively for young adults who are blind or have low vision. If you want to learn more about both internal and external condoms (also known as male
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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.

Northern California's leading provider of services, advocacy and community for those who are blind or visually impaired.