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This Is What Blind Ambition Looks Like: Announcing the 2017 Holman Prize Semifinalists

In January we announced the inaugural Holman Prize for Blind Ambition, an annual set of awards of up to $25,000 that finance and support blind people worldwide in pursuing their most ambitious projects. All applicants were met with a challenge in the first round: create a 90-second video to sum up a project of their choice and it through social media to garner widespread support.  Between January and March, we received more than 200 video pitches from 28 countries on six continents. Projects ranged in focus across travel, activism, scholarship, craft, sport and much more. Our candidates’ pitches were viewed more than ...
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A group of runners take off across a field with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

The National Fitness Challenge is Off to a Racing Start

The San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired is a proud partner with the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and the Anthem Foundation in rolling out the 2017 National Fitness Challenge (NFC) in the Bay Area. The campaign provides 25 participants with Fitbits to track their steps and fitness activity from March through November 2017. The goal of the NFC is to raise the fitness and activity levels of participants to recommendations set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of 10,000 steps and 30 active minutes per day and to improve overall fitness levels in the blind ...
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This Spring, CVCL Answers the Tough Questions for New Students

“I’ve often thought about what I would do if I were to drop a sewing needle." The instructor intones the answer in a gentle voice: “Listen for the direction and how far from you it has fallen.” Obvious? Not to me.” When Eleanor Lew came to LightHouse in 2016, dropping a sewing needle or traveling through the dark were questions without obvious answers. These are just a couple of the hundreds of seemingly answerless riddles that we help people solve in our weeklong skills training, Changing Vision Changing Life. Initially only held a few times a year, CVCL now happens ...
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Sophomore competitors in the 11th floor craft room at the LightHouse. Natural light streams onto them through the large window.

Photos from a Day of Braille Literacy: 2017 Northern California Regional Braille Challenge

On February 25, we welcomed 22 students and their families to the 2017 Northern California Regional Braille Challenge at the LightHouse headquarters. It was a lively day packed with speeches by keynote speakers, testing for students, parent workshops, games and a final award ceremony (complete with a surprise musical performance by a group of contestants). Hosted in collaboration with Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, California School for the Blind and Braille Institute of America, the Regional Braille Challenge is the first leg of a two-part contest for K-12 youth who read braille. It is designed to encourage ...
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Get Your Hands Dirty in the LightHouse Teaching Kitchen this Month

If you walk into the LightHouse teaching kitchen on any given day, you’ll find our Cooking Instructor Sydney Ferrario cheerfully bustling around the kitchen, hoisting giant tubs of flour or dicing mounds of plump vegetables. We’ve seen (and tasted) a lot of gourmet concoctions from the LightHouse kitchen thanks to Sydney’s patient guidance. Not only is she lively, informative, and knows her way around a stand mixer, but she also has plenty of adaptive techniques for cooking and baking to share with her students. She’ll show you that there’s nothing to fear about the kitchen, the oven, or even chopping ...
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Employment Immersion student Noralys Chavez is all smiles for her professional portrait shot in red and black attire.

March’s Employment Immersion Workshop Emphasizes Building Confidence for Job Readiness

“We don’t care if you’re young, old, totally blind, low vision, have a college degree or no college degree,” says Employment Program Manager Kate Williams. “It doesn’t matter as long as you have a real desire to go to work. We furnish our Employment Immersion students with the tools to make sure that happens, by building their confidence and giving them the techniques to conduct a successful job search.” Everyone in the blindness community knows the statistics: At least 60 — possibly even as many as 70 percent — of legally blind people remain unemployed. That’s why back in 2011 ...
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Spring Training: Join Our Access Tech Trainers for Opening Day this March

March is a huge month for Access Tech at LightHouse. Not only are we now running free tech trainings as often as three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays), but we’ll also be holding a daylong open house for those who want to really try out everything our department has to offer. And even better, we’ve lined it up to correspond with the Giant’s Opening Day! What: AT Opening Day Open House When: March 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Where: LightHouse Headquarters, 1155 Market St, 10th Floor, San Francisco It’s quite a batting line-up: Siri, Victor, Sara, ...
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For Ears Only: LightHouse Listenings presents podcast ‘The World According to Sound’ on March 8th and 9th

Ever wondered what bridges sound like? Or ants? In a new event at LightHouse, we’re offering an opportunity to relax, join friends for a drink and simply enjoy the act of listening. On March 8th and 9th, the LightHouse for the Blind in San Francisco will host its first-ever LightHouse Listenings — a live listening party for ears only — featuring San-Francisco based podcast The World According to Sound. When: Wednesday, March 8th and Thursday, March 9th at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Where: LightHouse Headquarters, 1155 Market St., 10th Floor, San Francisco Cost: $10 in advance. $15 ...
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Creative Director Renae Davidson takes portrait photographs in the LightHouse Fitness Studio.

Stride Into Valentine’s Day with Professional Photos and a New Workshop from LightHouse

This February, LightHouse is feelin’ the love! Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and even if your “new year, new me” mantra isn't quite sticking, we want to give you the shine and swagger you deserve. On Thursday, February 9, we'll open up a pop-up portrait studio at the LightHouse for those interested in adding a fresh new photo to their personal or professional profiles. The studio will be open prior to our World of Sex workshop, which is led this month by Life Coach Jan McClain and LightHouse’s Laura Millar. This month's theme is all about confidence, so what better time to join us for ...
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A gooey chocolate cake sprinkled with almonds.

LightHouse Kitchen Recipe of the Month: Julia Child’s Reine de Saba Cake

To give you a little taste of what we're cooking in our Betty Ruhland Teaching Kitchen, we've decided to publish monthly recipes that you can come learn to bake in one of our two-day cooking classes.  We're coming up on Valentine's Day, which seems as good a time as any to treat your sweetheart (or yourself) to something delicious. Here's Julia Child's Reine de Saba (French for Queen of Sheba, and a luscious chocolate cake) to motivate you and your tastebuds to stop by the LightHouse Kitchen in February. We'll be baking this recipe at our February What's the Scoop? Measure and Mix Class on ...
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