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Student Jorge Ellington arranges his legs into a pretzel-like formation during morning yoga session in the fitness studio.

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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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 all the gusto of a self-proclaimed theater kid. “We can do stuff when we’re blind,” she reminds us bluntly, punctuating it with a knowing chuckle.

2018 was Ellie’s third year at camp, and her first teen…

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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, recording and more.
October 15 preview: Meet other aspiring blind DJ's and get a performance from working DJ Ryan Dour at a free Audio Academy DJ Demo Night!

This fall LightHouse is pleased to announce our…

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Mike May crosses the street with his guide dog.

Behind the Map: Why a GPS pioneer still uses paper

In January, LightHouse started offering TMAP — on-demand tactile street maps — for order at our Adaptations Store (1-888-400-8933). We have been hearing some amazing stories about how our maps are being used, so we wanted to share them with our mapping community.

Mike May knows a bit about maps. He founded the company that…

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Two men perform acro yoga while a woman looks on, and a teacher supports a man suspended in the air on the legs of his partner.

From rock climbing to yoga, LightHouse has a wellness program for everyone

“I try to do things that people think blind people can’t do,” Amber Sherrard said on a recent afternoon at LightHouse, “That’s my main goal.” Amber had just spent the weekend with 11 blind students doing just that –– climbing, flying and suspended in mid-air.

Amber offers a variety of fitness programs and excursions to…

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Behind the Map: A midwesterner meets Market Street

In January, LightHouse started offering TMAP — on-demand tactile street maps — for order at our Adaptations Store (1-888-400-8933). We have been hearing some amazing stories about how our maps are being used, so we wanted to share them with our mapping community. Order yours today by calling 1-888-400-8933.

When Sheri Wells-Jensen was a child,…

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A closeup of the small black handheld Eltrinex V12Pro recorder.

Record notes on the go with a talking recorder from the Adaptations Store

The Adaptations Store at LightHouse serves blind and visually impaired people by offering tools, technology and other comprehensive solutions to make life accessible. Each month, we feature a product from our store to highlight the expansive offerings at Adaptations.

This month’s product is for blind people who want to record notes on the go, and…

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A closeup of a tactile version of the painting "Daughters are for Others" by Shalinee Kumari, shows a colorful and intricate scene of a young bride being carried in a palanquin away from her birth family to the family she is marrying into.

The Asian Art Museum opens a new accessible exhibit

In a new exhibition of Indian art, San Francisco's Asian Art Museum takes steps towards accessibility for blind and visually impaired patrons.

[caption id=attachment_21170 align=alignright width=336] Closeup of a tactile version of The Hindu deity Kali, by Baua Devi, shows the deity's face in bright pinks, yellows and blacks with her tongue hanging out of…

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Announcing the 2018 Superfest Disability Film Festival lineup

San Francisco's LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State are proud to announce the lineup for this year’s Superfest Disability Film Festival.

Join us on October 20 at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in Berkeley and on October 21 the Contemporary…

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