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The Dr. Jacob Bolotin Trophy features a brass plaque and a spinning medallion with a tactile depiction of Dr. Jacob Bolotin.

Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award will help support our new on-demand mapping software for the blind

On Sunday we accepted a national award for a new technology that’s got the blindness community talking – and walking.

The National Federation of the Blind distributed six Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards for accomplishment and innovation in the field of blindness this week – including to outdoor program Ski for Light, Navajo braille creator Carol…

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A woman examines a tactile graphic at a presentation during SF Design Week.

Ten things to know about tactile graphics

Here at the LightHouse, we’re determined to be at the forefront of tactile innovation, education and literacy. Thanks to the work of our Media and Accessible Design Lab (MAD Lab), we’re constantly generating new methods of conveying visual information in accessible and thoughtful ways, and working with organizations all over the world as consultants…

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A group of people with different disabilities dance together in a choreographed routine.

Who are our SF Pride sponsors and why do we march together?

Thanks to the support of community sponsors The Mental Health Association of San Francisco and The Arc San Francisco, we have organized a pan-disability contingent for San Francisco Pride 2018 ready to make a strong statement about intersecting identities in the LGBT+ community. 

Learn more about their reasons for marching with us below:

Meet the Mental…

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Announcing the 2018 Holman Prize Finalists


Last year, we started the Holman Prize for Blind Ambition, a set of annual awards of up to $25,000 each for legally blind individuals with big ideas. In our second year, we received video applications from all over the world – including nine more countries we hadn’t heard from last year – all fascinating and…

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

Meet the blind judges who will select the 2018 Holman Prizewinners

In its second year, the Holman Prize for Blind Ambition received almost one hundred applications from 19 countries and 22 American states. The semifinalists’ proposed projects are extraordinary – including bringing beep baseball to Argentina, creating the world’s first tactile Escape Room, launching a magazine dedicated to the art and science of smell and empowering…

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A touching way to tell your parents ‘thank you’, this Mother’s and Father’s Day

This Mother or Father’s Day, pick up a braille card made by the MAD Lab to express your appreciation for your mom or dad. The Adaptations Store is offering several designs, each with ink-print, tactile and braille designs on a white background.

[caption id=attachment_19944 align=alignleft width=6720] The words 'Happy Mother’s Day’ in blue text and…

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LightHouse Issues RFP for Comprehensive Program Evaluation

Request for Proposals
LightHouse Program Evaluation RFP (.docx)

The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco is soliciting proposals to evaluate the efficacy of the organization’s student-facing programs.

The LightHouse embarked upon a three year strategic plan in 2017, and one of the core focus areas of the final plan is establishing an ongoing…

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Americorps Blue2 team builds a new foundation at Enchanted Hills Camp.

An Enchanted Hills Camp Update: Get ready for Summer 2018

At the beginning of April, our AmeriCorps Blue2 completed their 12 week service at Enchanted Hills Camp, leaving it in much better shape than they found it! This bright, talented, caring, energetic group left their mark — they renovated and cleaned all the Lakeside Cabins, dining hall, and kitchen, installed new windows in the…

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