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Archive for October, 2011
Friend of the LightHouse Marilee Talkington, a visually impaired playwright and director, presents her latest production in San Francisco called “Sticky Time” starting October 27.
Written and directed by Talkington, the show features 360-degree sound, set and video design. Audience members will sit on swiveling chairs in the middle of the theater, traveling with the characters through multiple dimensions of time and following the action as it moves around them.
“Sticky Time” runs from October 27 to November 18 at the Brava Theater (Second Stage), 2781 24th Street, San Francisco. Preview shows are scheduled for October 27 and 28. Blind and visually impaired audience members are encouraged to attend the audio-described performance on Wednesday, November 2 at 8:00 p.m.
The City of Alameda Paratransit Shuttle service provides a free way for seniors (55 years and older) and individuals with disabilities to access major destinations around the city of Alameda. The shuttle operates from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Tuesdays – West Loop (between Alameda Point, Webster Street, Mastick Senior Center and downtown Alameda)
Wednesdays – East Loop (between Bay Farm Island, High Street, downtown Alameda, Alameda Hospital and Mastick Senior Center)
Thursdays – Central Loop (between South Shore Center, Shoreline Drive/Westline Drive, Mastick Senior Center, Alameda Hospital, Marketplace and Bridgeside Center)
City of Alameda Paratransit services are funded by Measure B.
When: Saturday, November 12 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters
RSVP by November 7 to Brandon Young at 415-694-7372 or email@example.com.
Our first workshop installment, Flirting While Blind, sparked much enthusiasm and interest for more in-depth discussion and sharing of ideas to help us connect better with people who we want to get to know more intimately.
Participant Brett DeSalvo said, “The [instructors] gave helpful advice when it came to flirting with people you’re getting to know, such as smiling while walking around or sitting, acting positive while describing the state of your vision, channeling anxiety and confidence before meeting someone for a date, and also complimenting someone on their scent, clothes, sound of their walk, or laugh.”
The second workshop of the series, Navigating Love & Intimacy, will focus on the ways in which unmanaged disability and dependence can affect relationships. We know that some blind or visually-impaired people experience feelings of helplessness, attachment, and dependence, either because they are newly-blind or because they haven’t yet found relationship models that work well. The chance to learn practical techniques around lovingly giving and receiving help is one area in which we hope to make a contribution. We also will present techniques to both increase awareness of and address over-dependence and over-helping in relationships.
Are you in a relationship and experiencing isolation, shame or fear? Do you seek effective ways to communicate your growing need for more independence from a sighted or blind partner?
Visually impaired individuals, couples, and couples with mixed abilities are all encouraged to come and share their experiences. Although “Building Meaningful Relationships” is a workshop series devoted to intimate love relationships, many of the skills presented will be useful for all types of relationships. This second workshop is for all adults 18 and up, whether single or already in a relationship.
Whether this is your first time or you are a returning participant, come and enjoy some good food, enlightening conversation, while learning how to navigate the swift currents of love and intimacy!
This workshop is free of charge. Voluntary donations of $5.00 to $15.00 are welcome to help defray the costs of food and refreshments.
We’ll see you there!
When: Thursday, November 3, 2011, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Library for the Blind and Print Disabled at the San Francisco Main Library at 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
1. Meet the new librarian, Jane Glasby.
2. Learn about the free federal “talking book” program of the National Library Service and how to sign up.
3. Learn about BARD, the online downloading of talking books and braille.
At 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., see:
▪ Demonstrations of BARD and OPAC—how to sign up and how to download digital talking books from the Internet;
▪ How to search the Online Public Access Catalogue of the Library.
4. See demonstrations of CCTV readers, reading scanners, refreshable computers, braille displays and braille embossers.
5. Use the new digital players.
6. See described DVD movies.
7. Win a door prize.
Contact: Jane Glasby, Program Manager, Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, San Francisco Main Library, 415-557-4253 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As many blind coffee drinkers know, Starbucks sells brailled Starbucks gift cards. Apparently, these cards are not meant to stay around permanently. We’ve heard they will be taken out of circulation at the end of October, but we want them to stay!
Please take a few seconds to pick up your phone and dial 1-800-23-latte (1-800-235-2883). Choose option 2 and tell the Starbucks representative that we in the blind community don’t want the brailled gift cards to go away. They will send your comments to the people who can be influenced by our calls.
Here’s the press release for the brailled Starbucks gift card:
Clients and other interested parties are welcome to join us for the LightHouse trip to Reno from Thursday, November 3 to Friday, November 4, 2011. Cost is $65 for room, bus ride and some match play.
We’ll depart from LightHouse headquarters in San Francisco at 9:00 a.m. on November 3 and spend the night at the Sands Regency Casino Hotel in Reno. Our group will return to the LightHouse at 6:30 p.m. on November 4.
For full details and to sign up, contact Molly Irish at 415-694-7320 or email@example.com.
The holiday season is fast approaching, and you’re wondering what gift to get for that special visually impaired or blind friend or family member. Or maybe you have been good this year and want to buy yourself a gift.
Join the LightHouse for the next technology seminar and learn about the latest accessible high-tech goodies, in price ranges to suit a variety of holiday budgets.
When: Tuesday, November 15, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. PST
Where: LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters, or by phone or streaming audio
Assistive Technology consultant Peter Cantisani will talk to us about Apple TV. Other topics include the Braille Pen and the Pen Friend. We’ll have demos galore at Adaptations, the LightHouse Store, including “The Wilson” personal voice recorder, the SleepPhone (soft headphones one can wear in bed), and the iBill money identifier. There will be many other gift possibilities, as well.
You can participate in one of the following ways:
- Tune in via live audio stream on our website
- Dial in with our telephone conferencing service
- Attend in person and talk to the presenters after the seminar
RSVP to 415-694-7326 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Conference call and live stream instructions will be provided with RSVP.
Each week the LightHouse is coordinating a group of individuals to meet with their employed counterparts working for the Bay Area’s leading businesses and institutions.
Our next jobsite excursion will take place on Wednesday, October 19th. We will be visiting Joseph Hamilton, Access News Coordinator at Sacramento Society for the Blind.
Joseph was born blind due to exposure to rubella. After graduating from Western Michigan University with a degree in English, he moved to Sacramento to coordinate Access News at the Sacramento Society for the Blind. Joseph’s program ensures easy access to newspapers, magazines and newsletters via one’s telephone.
Outside of work, Joe is a self-described “goalball geek” and a current member of the U.S. men’s Paralympic goalball team. He is also polishing up his public speaking skills in hopes of becoming either a motivational speaker or a stand-up comedian.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 18th, as space is limited.
To register for the Jobsite Conversation Series, or to find out more about it, please contact:
Community Services Program Assistant
Join LightHouse for the Blind’s new East Bay Peer Support Group for individuals who are moving forward in their lives with changing vision. Topics will emerge organically from the individuals in attendance.
- Support others while getting support
- Share your strategies and achievements
- Set goals for your future
When: The second Saturday of the month, beginning November 12 and continuing through May 2012
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: LightHouse office at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA (at Ashby BART)
Group will be facilitated by Rachel Longan and Mark Chan. Space is limited and registration is required.
Contact Brandon Young for more information at email@example.com or 415-694-7372.
Have you ever needed to ask for assistance at an airport? What did you think about the assistance you received? The LightHouse wants to know. Join us for a focus group where you can tell us about your domestic travel experiences.
When: Tuesday, November 1, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters
Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP and for more information contact Beth Berenson at 415-694-7322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.