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Michaela O'Brien behind the camera while filming In Crystal Skin.

Next Weekend is Superfest: Meet Filmmaker Michaela O’Brien

Now in its 31st year, Superfest International Disability Film Festival (November 4 - 5, in multiple locations in San Francisco and Berkeley) is gearing up for its spectacular, diverse lineup of films shot and produced in Myanmar, Colombia, Germany, Vietnam, Australia, Japan, Canada, Italy and the United States.  

To get you excited for Superfest,…

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Early morning sun filters through the pond-side trees at Enchanted Hills Camp.

Enchanted Hills Camp and Retreat incurs serious fire damage, makes commitment to rebuild

Help rebuild Enchanted Hills Camp stronger and better than ever.
On October 17, Enchanted Hills Camp staff – cooks, craftsmen and the property managers who work and live at the specialized Napa camp and training center for the blind – reunited at LightHouse for the Blind’s headquarters in downtown San Francisco to discuss the future of…

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A still from 'Wonderstruck'. A group talks on the street while a man leans against a car.

Win Two Free Tickets to Tomorrow’s Accessible Pre-Screening of ‘Wonderstruck’ at Mill Valley Film Festival

Following in the footsteps of accessible festivals like Superfest International Disability Film Festival, more mainstream festivals like Mill Valley Film Festival (October 5 - 15) are starting to catch on to the importance of accessible viewing.

In collaboration with our partners at accessible moviegoing app Actiview, we’re offering you (and a plus one) a chance…

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The Cotton family, with deaf parents and three hearing daughters, smile together in their family home.

Superfest Filmmaker Reid Davenport Tells the Story of Deaf parents with Hearing Children

Reid Davenport is an award-winning documentarian whose films focus on people with disabilities. Founder and co-director of Through My Lens, Davenport has been creating films and public speaking for five years. As a man with cerebral palsy, his hope is to inspire disabled students to share their personal stories, as he has done. “There…

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Ahmet Ustunel and Jerry Kuns use white canes while walking down Market Street in San Francisco.

October 15 is White Cane Day, so we’re giving you a 10 percent discount on White Canes

Blind people have used white canes as a tool to navigate throughout the world for hundreds of years. Since 1964, Americans have commemorated this symbol of freedom and independence by recognizing October 15 as White Cane Safety Day. In 2011, White Cane Safety Day was also named Blind Americans Equality Day by President Barack…

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The Holman Prizewinners stand together and smile on Ocean Beach.

A Blind Baker, Beekeeper and Kayaker Unite in San Francisco

Fourteen months ago, LightHouse CEO Bryan Bashin proposed a wild new idea: What if we create a prize to fund a blind person to do something ambitious? What if we fund their dreams ahead of time, to get them out in the world leading, creating, exploring and changing the face of blindness rather than…

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Our New Onsite Optometrist is Taking Appointments for Regular Checkups

Schedule a LightHouse Appointment with a Berkeley Optometrist

This month we’re pleased to welcome Dr. Jill Lobingier, who is now providing regular eye exams and checkups for community members in our new in-house optometric clinic. These general health checkups are a great supplement to our low vision clinic, and we’re happy to provide all of…

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Several naming opportunities are still available as part of our Campaign to Build a 21st Century LightHouse campaign, a project that has enabled the LightHouse to grow our programs, serve more people and expand our impact. Thank you for being a part of it, and helping us provide transformative services for people who are blind or have low vision. Every named room is marked by a permanent sign accessible in large print, braille and tactile lettering. These attractive signs are a distinctive hallmark of the new LightHouse and we’d be delighted to honor you, your family or friends with the opportunity. The new LightHouse welcomes all who are blind or have low vision. From teens looking to meet other blind kids and do some fun weekend activities, to adults adjusting to changing vision and learning the skills they need to go back to work and everything else they want to do. A community of peers and mentors, the LightHouse is for blind people to gain skills, find support and grow. Contributions to the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse will provide tangible benefits for the blind kids, teens, adults and seniors that benefit from the joy and learning of the LightHouse for the next century. To learn more about the campaign, naming opportunities or how a gift from your estate can be used to name a space and leave an enduring legacy in you or a loved one’s honor, contact 415-694-7333 or Check out our current naming opportunies [link to blog w/ text below] Here is our current list of naming opportunities: Access Technology Demo Room Adaptations Store 10th Floor Reception Auditorium-Multi-Purpose Room (capacity 150) Blindness Skills Training Area Conference Room 925 Fitness Gym and Yoga Studio Immersion Student Lounge Integrating Stairwell Living Room 11th Floor Living Room-9th Floor Volunteer Area Thank you to our donors who have named rooms: 10th Floor: Herbst 10th Floor Reception and Community Learning Center Art Room: Dove’s Nest Craft Studio Board Room: Harold S. Dobbs Board Conference Room Braille Room: Winifred Downing Braille Room DPR Conference Toom 955 Enchanted Hills Office: Gena Harper and Mike May Enchanted Hills Camp and Retreat Office Executive Suite: Michael and Leslye Dellar Executive Office Finance Offices: US Bank Finance Suite Ham Radio Room: Bill Gerrey, WA6NPC Amateur Radio Station MADLab: Jerry Kuns and Theresa Postello MADLab Pre-function Lounge: Susan O’Sullivan Room in memory of Audrey Baker Recording Studio: Mike Cole Recording Studio Staff Lounge: Mutual of America Staff Lounge STEM Lab: Innovation Lab by Toyota Student Kitchen: Hilda Angelica Cavagnero Student Kitchen Student Residence: Erman Vincent Cavagnero Student Residence Teaching Kitchen: Betty Ruhland Teaching Kitchen Tech Training Rooms: Kebbel Family Tech Labs #1, #2, #3 UC Berkeley Clinic: Joseph K. Chan Low Vision Clinic Video Conference Room: Polara Video Conference Center

Your Chance to Name a Space at the New LightHouse Headquarters

Several naming opportunities are still available as part of our Campaign to Build a 21st Century LightHouse, a project that has enabled the LightHouse to grow our programs, serve more people and expand our impact. Thank you for being a part of it, and helping us provide transformative services for people who are blind or have…

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Alex leans with both hands on a skateboard in the Braille House.

Video: Meet Braille Skateboarding’s First Blind Employee

In 2013, Alex Harding moved to the US from Sierra Leone, by himself, with only a $100 bill in his pocket.

Alex was young, but full of curiosity and a desire to learn and grow in the US job market. Still, as a person with low vision, Alex was at a disadvantage. As his vision changed,…

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