LightHouse Blog

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.


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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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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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