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The black, rubberized Sensational Blackboard displayed with a tactile drawing made on a sheet of paper with a ballpoint pen.

New in our store: Make raised line drawings instantly with the Sensational BlackBoard

It’s not every day that you have access to a swell printer when you want to create tactile images or reference materials. But with the lightweight and portable Sensational BlackBoard you can instantly create raised-line drawings whenever, and wherever. All you need is the BlackBoard, a sheet of printer paper, and a ballpoint pen.…

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The LightHouse 2017 Pride contingent hold colorful signs that read 'Blind and Proud' while marching down Market Street.

Mark Your Calendars for San Francisco PRIDE 2018

We are excited to announce that LightHouse will march in the 48th annual San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24th! The San Francisco Pride Parade’s mission is to educate the world, commemorate LGBT+ heritage, celebrate LGBT+ culture, and liberate LGBT+ people. This aligns with LightHouse's mission to promote equality and self-reliance for people who are…

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LightHouse User Tester Maia crosses the street with her guide dog while using Soundscape in Downtown San Francisco.

Microsoft Soundscape is a new way to navigate

“What is overwhelming about being a blind traveler? It’s not always what people think. LightHouse Director of Access Technology Erin Lauridsen is passionate about this point: Obstacle avoidance is not the problem, we have a dog, a cane and our blindness skills for that, The gap is knowing where things are and being able to decide what's of interest.

In…

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A LightHouse Youth program participant smiles while giving blood in February at LightHouse.

Our Blood Drive was so successful – we’re having two more

More than 60 gracious donors showed up at the LightHouse headquarters to give blood at our 6th Annual Bay Area Blind Community Blood Drive this month. We collected 56 total units of blood, which helps approximately 168 patients in need. We also welcomed cameras from ABC7 News, who did a terrific little story about…

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Amber hiking in Colorado with her faithful guide dog, Della Rue.

Meet Amber Sherrard, our new Health and Wellness Program Coordinator

“At the start of my childhood, I remember being happy, fearless, and free. But as I reluctantly grew up in a world designed for people to live with sight, I developed a deep fear characterized by tough questions with no answers.” Amber Sherrard has a knack for summing up the existential fear that can…

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Be My Eyes introduces free, live video customer service from brands

Today, Hans Jørgen Wiberg, the founder of Danish startup and longtime LightHouse partner Be My Eyes, sent a proud message to the network's nearly 50,000 blind users. Starting today, the startup will sign on brands to a new area of the app called Specialized Help.

Beginning with Microsoft, who will route all their Specialized Be…

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11-year-old Raisa stands in line for food with her Uncle B at Enchanted Hills Camp.

Essay: A Google web developer on how EHC awakened her to the importance of accessibility

By Raisa Cuevas

I was 11 years old when my uncle asked me to accompany him to Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind. I would be one of few sighted individuals at this gathering, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I grew up assisting Uncle B while walking around the city or doing…

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An ink-print and tactile graphic of a tic-tac-toe board with a heart in the center, on a white greeting card.

Braille Mail: Get Your Tactile V-Day Cards at the Adaptations Store

This Valentine's Day, give your loved one real feels with our new line of fun, touchable greeting cards. Our Adaptations Store is offering three designs, each with ink-print, tactile and braille designs on a white background.

Individual cards are $6, or you can purchase four for $20.
All cards come with an envelope.
All…

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