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Photos: LightHouse’s first-ever ‘Celebration of Blind Ambition’ in San Francisco

Last Thursday, the LightHouse gathered hundreds of friends, supporters and community members at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in downtown San Francisco for the LightHouse Gala: A Celebration of Blind Ambition. At the gala, which was LightHouse’s largest-ever, we honored blind pioneers, role models and citizens for their audacity and ambition. It was a celebration, a…

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A text graphic reads: Celebrate Blind Ambition

Seven Blind Leaders Honored in First-ever LightHouse Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, November 29, hundreds gathered at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in downtown San Francisco for the LightHouse Gala: A Celebration of Blind Ambition. The event, which was the 116-year old LightHouse’s first independent gala celebration, honored blind role models and boundary-pushers of all kinds, not just for high-achievements but for their level of…

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Holman Prizewinner Red Szell sits in climbing gear below rocks, and holds a carabiner.

Why you should apply to the Holman Prize

Being successful as a blind person is not about being a superhero. We often see images of people with disabilities atop mountains, creating beautiful things or connecting their community in big ways. But often the narrative is over-simplified to the exclusion of the real factors that got those people to where they are: research,…

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A vertical black line divides the Lighthouse logo at left, and the Sendero Group logo at right. Lighthouse logo says "LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired" and the Sendero Group logo says "Sendero Group" to the right of a graphic of a black and red road with a white dividing line.

LightHouse will take over as distributor of Sendero Map and GPS products

The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco is proud to announce its takeover as the manager and distributor of Sendero Group-manufactured GPS products. The LightHouse will run Sendero Maps and Sendero’s GPS product, which will continue to function normally.

Sendero’s PC Maps and GPS serve the blind and visually impaired community…

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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 to where I've always heard it could be,” crooned DJ Dan’s tune “Sailing” by Christopher Cross. A San Francisco State student with an interest in all things aquatic, Dan’s final performance on Sunday transported…

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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, Bobbi Pompey. We're also featuring photos from our pumpkin carving workshop earlier this month.

[caption id=attachment_21711 align=alignnone width=336] A young girl looks down at a pumpkin, secures the pumpkin with one hand and cuts into…

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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 mad.” This from a man running a restaurant in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle — but he meant it as a compliment. And for those who know Penny, it’s pretty much spot on.

Penny…

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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 the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and the Anthem Foundation for the National Fitness Challenge in 2018.

The goal of the National Fitness Challenge is to raise the physical activity levels of each…

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