On November 6, the LightHouse held its first-ever soldering workshop for people who are blind or have low vision. It was a huge success, and we have the photographs to prove it! Scroll down for more.
Soldering is a fundamental skill in electronics work that involves using a hot iron to fuse metal to form a permanent connection between electronic components. The aim of the workshop was to help students make their own accessible continuity testers – one of the most fundamental tools for students working in electronics without vision.
While most continuity testers use lights to indicate the strength of electric currents, accessible continuity testers emit a range of tones — high for a free path and low for an impeded path. Unfortunately, accessible continuity testers cannot be purchased, and previous manufacturers have ceased production. Each student left the workshop with a fully-functioning accessible continuity tester for use in their future work; and the skills to solder it themselves.
“Blind people are makers. We can do things like soldering and building robots and woodworking,” says Dr. Miele. “We might use slightly different techniques, but the outcome is the same. The LightHouse is all about teaching these alternative techniques so that people can engage in the activities they love, whether they’re sighted or not.”
Here are a few lovely shots from the workshop, by photographer Erin Conger:
The LightHouse’s Innovation Lab will continue to offer workshops in STEM fields, so stay tuned. It is part of our mission to strengthen the representation of people who are blind or have low vision in the tech industry and other STEM fields.
For more information about future workshops visit the LightHouse Calendar or contact Director of Community Services Lisamaria Martinez via email at email@example.com or by phone at 415.694.7350.
When you step into the street, whether it’s to represent a cause, celebrate an achievement or just to get where you’re going, you make a statement: I want to be seen.
In the blindness community, we’re used to being looked at. What’s different, though, is choosing to be seen; claiming agency over the spectacle, and making it your own.
On Friday, June 10, the entire LightHouse community is going to depart from the patterns of our daily routines and take over the streets, marching from City Hall, down Van Ness Avenue, onto Market Street, and to a ribbon-cutting and party at our new headquarters, We are in center of San Francisco to make a ruckus, to make a statement, to challenge the idea of business as usual, and encourage our community to think differently about those with different types of vision. Contrary to what you may think, we are blind and proud of it, and we want to be seen in celebration.
This is a parade for people with all types of vision; and we’d love nothing more than to have people who have never met us before filling out our ranks. So tomorrow, Friday June 10 at 11 a.m. sharp, meet us on the Polk Street steps of city hall. It will be a memorable day to set up the blindness community for the next 114 years in downtown San Francisco.
Whether you’re a student, supporter, or just curious to see hundreds of blind people shutting down the streets, this is an occasion not to be missed: Meet us on the east steps (Polk Street side) of City Hall at 11 a.m. on June 10th and join in this historic San Francisco event.
Our June 10th Grand Opening Celebration will be a civic event, starting with VIP speakers on the steps of City Hall, followed by a “Blind & Proud” Parade with fanfare down Van Ness and Market Street to our new headquarters at 1155 Market. There we will have a ribbon cutting and an open house reception, showcasing our new facilities with interactive activities and demonstrations.
Please March With Us!
Our Grand Opening events will be a great San Francisco occasion with hundreds in attendance and thousands more to witness as the LightHouse expands our mission to give people who are blind or have low vision the tools and community they need to live their lives as they desire.
We would love for you to join us in our march from City Hall to the new LightHouse. Our “Blind & Proud” Parade will begin after our welcome on the steps of City Hall, and proceed down Van Ness and Market Streets, right in the heart of San Francisco. We would love our allies and supporters to bring a group and help us to create some fanfare as we make our way to our new home. We have a big marching band to lead the way and help tell our neighbors, loud and clear, that the blindness community has cause to celebrate.
To RSVP, please contact Andrea Ogarrio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.694.7365. For more information about the days festivities, or to secure a spot in the parade for your group or organization, please email Grand Opening coordinator Megara Vogl at email@example.com.