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Murphy stands outdoors at night, surrounded by New York City lights, beside her guide dog, Pretzel.

“In The Dark”: Is This New Show Cutting Edge, Or Are We In The Dark?

This spring, the CW network launched a show titled “In The Dark” which focuses on a woman named Murphy who is blind. She has lived a rough life and made many questionable choices. Murphy’s life has narrowed down to a job she hates at a guide dog school her parents created for her, two…

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A group of girls at Family Camp lean up against each other under the shade of the pool house while hanging out with their counselor, Annalisa.

A LightHouse Staffer on Re-Visioning Enchanted Hills Camp

LightHouse staffer Erin Horne reflects on Enchanted Hills’ legacy and provides an update from camp.
Over the past couple of years, much of the West Coast has been ravaged by wildfires. Many have lost their lives or their livelihoods. Unfortunately, our beloved Enchanted Hills Camp did not escape the flames. But since the fires, the…

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A shot of the shoes and tip of the cane of a person standing at a crosswalk, using a white cane.

Holman Prizewinner launches website to connect blind travelers

On June 3, 2019, Holman Prizewinner Stacy Cervenka launched the Blind Travelers’ Network, an online platform to connect blind and visually impaired people with information and resources for non-visual accessibility in countries around the world. The platform hosts blog posts, reviews, discussion boards and event listings to help users expand their horizons, leave their…

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A black and white portrait of Lois Willson.

A Fond Farewell to a Beacon of Support in the Blindness Community

by Ali O. Lee, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, formerly of the LightHouse of the North Coast

Guest author Ali O. Lee reflects on the life of Lois Willson, a LightHouse volunteer and leader in the blindness community since the 90s.
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Lois Willson brought sunshine, humor, and…

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A familiar scene of the bustling pool at EHC during the summer. Campers stand at the edge and swim in the clear blue water.

An Enchanted Hills Camper On Community

17-year-old Karl, who hails from Maui, Hawaii, attended Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind’s Teen Session for the first time in 2017. Growing up as the only visually impaired person in his community, Karl didn’t have any blind role models. But when he made the choice to hop on a plane from Hawaii and…

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A photo collage of the 2019 Holman Prize Finalists.

Announcing the 2019 Holman Prize Finalists

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The Holman Prize for Blind Ambition, a set of annual awards of up to $25,000 each for legally blind individuals with big ideas, is proud to announce its 2019 finalists. We received 111 applications from six continents, and narrowed down the field…

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Claire Spector at the opening of her exhibit, "Blind Stitching", standing in front of her textiles.

Meet blind textile artist Claire Spector

Claire Spector is a legally blind contemporary textile artist. She sews by feel.

The exhibition explores different textile techniques and follows Claire’s journey of stepping out into a wider world after becoming blind suddenly and without warning. Through the medium of contemporary textile art, the exhibition highlights everything from Claire’s first collaborative touch sewing projects…

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LightHouse Health and Wellness Instructor Amber Sherrard tandem cycles with her pilot in front of a vineyard in Napa.

Photos from Cycle for Sight: Cycling with a side of fun and fundraising

As usual, Cycle for Sight was a day full of sunshine, good food, fitness and a key source of fundraising for Enchanted Hills Camp as we rebuild!
For over a decade, this event, co-presented with the Rotary Club of Napa, has brought together blind community members, blind athletes and family and friends alike. Thank you to all…

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The 2017 Holman Judging Committee deliberates on the inaugural finalists during a visit to San Francisco.

Announcing the 2019 Holman Prize Judges

In its third year, the Holman Prize for Blind Ambition received 111 applications from six continents. The semifinalists’ proposed projects are incredible, and highlight advocates, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, and more. It won’t be an easy task to choose the three 2019 prizewinners from such a strong and diverse group.

The Holman Team is in the…

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Graphic: World According to Sound Logo beside the LightHouse Logo.

All summer, tune into KQED on Fridays for a blind tour of California

Every Friday starting April 26, The World According to Sound’s new radio series will take listeners on an audio exploration of California from the acoustic perspective of the blind.
Over the last year, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has partnered with Bay Area podcast The World According to Sound as they collected footage…

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