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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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
A group of people stand proudly with their canes and guide dogs holding sign that say 'White Cane Day.'
Three ways to support blind people everywhere on White Cane Day
The worldwide event is October 15. Here’s what you can do to get involved. Have a Story to Tell? Hashtag
Two bungalows at Enchanted Hills Camp sit illuminated next to each other in the evening woods.
Better and Stronger: EHC on the 1st Anniversary of the Napa Wildfires
One year later, Enchanted Hills Camp is hosting programs for more blind campers than ever before. “Hey!” Ellie exclaims with
A closeup of someone turning the knobs on an audio mixing board.
Aspiring DJs, producers and engineers: Jumpstart your career at the new LightHouse Audio Academy Workshops
LightHouse’s new immersive program launches in fall 2018 to educate blind and low vision students for careers in music, radio,
Mike May crosses the street with his guide dog.
Behind the Map: Why a GPS pioneer still uses paper
Mike May talks about why, even in a world dominated by GPS, paper maps are still useful.
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