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Every Pixar Film Is Now Accessible with Mobile Audio Description from Disney

Sixteen Disney Pixar titles now available with mobile audio description for the blind

Audio Description — the extra audio track that narrates film action for people who are blind or have low vision — has been around for decades, but even if you’re blind, you might not use it. Why? Ironically, often the problem with audio description is not really the audio description. The problem is in how AD is delivered — or rather, not delivered. For years, the LightHouse has heard and advocated for blind filmgoers who simply aren’t able to pay for their movie and enjoy it in the format of their choice. If you’re blind at the movies, you know about the broken receivers, the strange formats, poor public education and training, and the many other intervening factors that have continually stymied AD availability across movie theaters and in-home systems, ultimately stonewalling the blind film-watching experience.

Starting today, that’s changing. With a new, major update to the Disney Movies Anywhere app, you can now take control of your own personal audio descriptive track, on your own smartphone, on your own terms.

This brand new, free, mobile audio description from Disney Movies Anywhere is smart and user-friendly; it listens and syncs automatically with their films (starting with the sixteen classic Disney•Pixar titles), including today’s home release of The Good Dinosaur. In accomplishing this, Disney•Pixar is leading the way for accessible films; and soon, we at the LightHouse are confident that this mobile Audio Description experience will be possible for all movies, everywhere.

Disney Movies Anywhere - click to download from iTunesA project that originated at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville and was taken on by the engineers at Disney, this new accessibility system using an app and a smartphone to access audio description is not only a passion project for the good folks at these companies, but Pixar and Disney have seen to it that key members of the blindness community have been given a chance to provide early and influential developmental feedback every step of the way. In this regard, the LightHouse has contributed feedback, tested for quality assurance, and now we’re proud to help spread the word.

At an event at Pixar in December, part of an unprecedented and ongoing collaboration between LightHouse for the Blind, the Blind Babies Foundation and Guide Dogs for the Blind, we invited nearly 200 blind people from organizations all around the Bay Area to download the app to their iPhones and iPads and test out the technology at a private, red carpet screening of The Good Dinosaur. The response was universal acclaim. The app’s beta version worked seamlessly. People both blind and sighted left the event joyously; celebrating the idea of being able to go back to the movie theater or watch a movie in their homes exactly the way they want.

How Does It Work?

It’s incredibly simple. If you already have a Pixar film that you’d like to watch with audio description, all you have to do is go to the app store and download the Disney Movies Anywhere app. When your movie starts playing (on a separate device or television), open up the app and locate the film. Then click “sync and play audio,” and the rest is done for you. Note that currently this works only for those running iOS 7 or later, with more platforms to come.

For more detailed instructions, visit Disney’s website, or download this special fact sheet to get you started.

What’s Next

More access audio description! This not only means Disney•Pixar is making their movies more personally accessible, but will require the participation of other film studios and distributors to help the blindness community promote accessible movie systems that work and are controlled by the user.

Just because Disney is the first movie studio to take the delivery method of audio description seriously, doesn’t mean it’ll be the only one. There are 285 million visually impaired people in the world — that’s 285 million people who, if given an accessible way to enjoy great movies, would be fans and customers for life.

This spring, we’ll be introducing mainstream audiences to this and other great new accessible technologies at a number of conferences, starting with a special LightHouse panel at SXSW on March 15. More on that soon, so stay tuned.

How Can I Help?

The best thing you can do is spread the word and send us feedback. There are lots of blind people out there who don’t think audio description is for them, many because they’ve never had a positive, easy experience getting it set up and calibrated. With these barriers gone, Pixar’s sixteen world-class titles are now accessible in a whole new way.

The LightHouse knows that nothing comes out perfectly the first time, and we’re already hard at work identifying new kinks and challenges in this brand new technology to make sure that the next version of the app is even better. To this tune, our friends at Pixar have set up a special feedback email address so that you can sound off with your comments, observations and helpful feedback. Just send an email to dmaappfeedback@pixar.com.

To contact us for inquiries about this or any of LightHouse for the Blind’s many technology initiatives, email press@lighthouse-sf.org.

LightHouse Transitions to Unified English Braille

LightHouse Accessible Media Specialist Julie Sadlier holds UEB braille reference books in braille and braille/large print.As of January 4, Unified English Braille (UEB) became the official braille code in the United States. Therefore, going forward, the LightHouse will complete all new braille translation projects in UEB, unless specifically requested to do otherwise. This includes braille labels on any tactile graphics and maps.

Though accessible signage is not currently required to be in UEB, the LightHouse is recommending to the state that this change be made and included in any upcoming revisions to accessibility codes. We will keep our clients apprised of the progress of this recommendation.

To help with the new code, Access to Information Services (AIS) has created a helpful reference book – Unified English Braille: Contractions, Signs, and Indicators. The book is available in a braille version (BR410, $5), or a combined braille and large print version (BR412, $25) from our store, Adaptations.

You can also find the UEB Rulebook, Second Edition, in both PDF and BRF.

If you have any questions regarding the transition, or about UEB, please feel free to contact us at MADLab@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7349.

Adaptations, the LightHouse Store is located at 214 Van Ness in San Francisco, open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call us at (415) 694-7301 or email us at adaptations@lighthouse-sf.org with any questions.

February Specials at Adaptations

Stella Desk LampThe Stella desk lamp is making waves in the low vision community and is now available at Adaptations in both black and white. It’s a very dynamic lamp with a total of fifteen different lighting intensities. You can choose from three primary light levels – bright white light, soft white light and a softer orange. You can also toggle through five different brightness modes within each of these three light levels. The Stella retails for $180.00, but during February, if you enter the store yelling “Stella!” (à la Marlon Brando in Streetcar Named Desire), we will give you 5% off your purchase of this lamp. You’ll save some money and we’ll share a laugh together.

Special Valentine’s Day Promotion – 10% off select red products
Save 10% on most red and red-packaged items at Adaptations. This includes red wallets, red liquid level indicators, red touch-dots, red magnifiers, redline flashlights, red low vision playing cards, Braille Uno, Wikki Stix, red sunglasses and more. Come by Adaptations to check out our deals for yourself. This sale does not include canes and digital video magnifiers.

Adaptations is located at 214 Van Ness in San Francisco, open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call us at (415) 694-7301 or email us at adaptations@lighthouse-sf.org with any questions.

Feb 18 Registration Deadline Looms for Braille Challenge

When: February 27, 2016
Where: The California School for the Blind
Deadline to register is February 18, 2016

Registration is well under way for the Northern California Braille Challenge which will be held and hosted by the California School for the Blind, in collaboration of LightHouse for the Blind, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Junior Blind-Northern California and Lions Center for the Blind.

The day will include speakers who are past Braille Challenge national winners, workshops for parents and teachers and a wonderful day of braille focused events.

Parents and teachers need to complete the 2016 Permission form and return it by February 18, 2016 to CSB, Attn: Sharon Sacks, 500 Walnut Ave., Fremont, CA 94536.

If you have questions feel free to contact Alice McGrath, Community Relations Manager at amcgrath@vistacenter.org or call 650 858-0202, ext. 130.

New LightHouse Board President Chris Downey – Imagining the Future of Blindness

Chris Downey and Hans Bogdanos on the Golden Gate Bridge during his 2011 Blind Cycle Challenge for the LightHouseAt the beginning of January we warmly welcomed LightHouse board member Chris Downey as he stepped up to begin a term as LightHouse Board president. Chris’s background and skills could not be more synergistic with the year ahead as we complete the design and construction of our new San Francisco headquarters. An architect with more than 20 years’ experience in the field, Chris became fully blind in 2008. Chris went on to use his experiences to consult on building design for the blind and visually impaired. Recent projects include a new Department of Veterans Affairs blind rehabilitation center, a remodeler job to the housing for the blind in New York City, and the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco. As one of the few practicing blind architects in the world, Chris has been featured in local, national and international media stories and speaks regularly about architecture and blindness. He also teaches accessibility and universal design at UC Berkeley. LightHouse sat down to chat about his journey with blindness and our strong connection.

LightHouse (LH): “Your situation is a little unusual in that you went from full vision to no vision. How has that played out for you?”

Chris: “It is unusual. I had a benign brain tumor in the optic nerve area. I underwent surgery to have the tumor removed. When I woke up from the procedure, I was completely blind. Most people experience diminishing vision over time, so they have time to adjust. I had to learn how to do everything differently very quickly”

LH: “How did you first connect with the LightHouse?”

Chris: “A hospital social worker connected me to the LightHouse. It’s funny, I had a visual memory of the San Francisco building with the braille façade, and so as an architect, I already had a connection with the building. I started by learning O&M skills and braille through the East Bay office.

Many people take six months to a year to go to intensive blind skills-learning programs. I was 45-years-old, in my mid-career years. I had a family, a young son. It was not an option for me to drop out of my life for that long. I was fortunate to be able to go to Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa and participate in an intensive week-long learning session. Connecting with highly productive blind people in this kind of learning environment is very effective. Had there been a San Francisco location with a short, live-in immersive program, that would have been even more ideal. The new LightHouse headquarters will allow us to offer that experience in San Francisco.”

LH: “How did you come to join the LightHouse Board?”

Chris: “Through cycling! I had been an avid cyclist before the surgery. Within 4 months after, I started riding tandem with some of my old cycling buddies. I was cycling again before I could walk the streets. I had been active at my son’s school in Piedmont. Some of the dads from the school got together and bought me a tandem bike from a local bike shop in Piedmont. Well, it so happened that then-LightHouse Executive Director Anita Aaron stopped into the same shop that week to buy a tandem bike as well. The shop owner told her that he had just sold a tandem bike to another blind person. I had returned to work as soon as I could after the surgery and was learning how to do architecture without sight, and had started consulting. Anita was aware of my work as a blind architect and she got the conversation about joining the board started. I joined in 2010.”

LH: “How have things evolved at the LightHouse since then?”

Chris: “Bryan Bashin came on as CEO soon after I joined. The first big change that Bryan made was at Enchanted Hills Camp. We had been contracting out the operations of the camp. Bryan brought the camp management in-house. He hired more blind counselors and blind leadership, and added more camp sessions and types of sessions, including expanding intensive, immersive learning programs. Even at that time, there was a desire bring this immersive programing to San Francisco, but we were limited by our small space. The question of how we could offer week-long sessions in San Francisco arose. The answer was that we had to increase our space. We realized we needed to buy a new property. Things came together beautifully – we had the phenomenal luck of finding a building that was central and that already housed organizations whose work was in line with ours (including the Mayor’s Office on Disability).”

LH: “Can you talk about your personal journey learning to live as a blind person?”

Chris: “I had been an architect for 20 years, and had two university degrees in architecture. I knew I wanted to continue working, but I could not find any blind architects to help me figure it out. There are no self-help books. I went back to my old office. They were incredibly optimistic that I could do it and wanted to help me figure it out. Scott Blanks (now LightHouse’s Senior Director of Programs) had been a mentor of mine and taught me blind tech skills early on. He started coming to the office to train me. Scott is so functional, the office staff insisted that Scott was not blind. Scott raised the expectation at my workplace as to what I could do. They expected that I would be as seamless as Scott. I started to get excited about what I could do.

I was trained to really focus on the environment as an architect, visually, of course. But now I started to focus on the environment through a multi-modality sensory experience – sound, airflow and tactile elements gave me a whole new palette to design with. I got really excited and started to work in a whole new way. Now, I say, if you’re going to lose your sight, get into architecture. You will learn to value other ways of doing things, and free your creativity and problem solve in new ways.” (Check out Chris’ TED Talk on designing for the blind.)

LH: “What’s your vision for your role as LightHouse Board president?”

Chris: “First, I am focused on making the new space our home, as well as taking our new program ideas and making them into a living form, which is exciting and a lot of work. Working as a consultant with the incredibly creative Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects has been amazing. In the process of designing a space for the blind, questions have been asked that have never been asked before. My role is to help nurture the creative process between blind LightHouse staff and volunteers and the architects.

Though the space will be exceptionally advanced, a lot of what is great won’t be noticed. For example, people with low vision can navigate much easier in high contrast, well-lit environments. We worked together to design a space that looks normal, but uses contrast and specialized lighting. Acoustics is another area that is innovative in our new space. Acoustic design is typically not much more than reducing outside noise or separating mechanical spaces to reduce noise. For people who are blind, sound can be used for wayfinding, so we looked at whether there were opportunities to use sound to facilitate navigation. We have worked with our acoustic designers to create a sound environment that helps guide people through the space, so sound does not overwhelm, but instead assists. We are doing more than functional design however. We are asking, how can we make the space delightful to someone without sight? The grip of hand rail, what you feel when you touch the reception desk are things we have considered that are not typically thought about in architecture.

Secondly, we have been incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity of our recent bequest.” (Learn about the LightHouse bequest.) “We are ready to dive into our next strategic plan in 2016. It is the dawn of new day, and it is thrilling to plan for a very exciting future for the LightHouse.”

250 Blind People Celebrate the Latest in Audio Description at Pixar Red Carpet Event

dozens of blind people stand in the atrium of Pixar Animation Studios
(all photos courtesy Morry Angell/Guide Dogs for the Blind)

On Thursday, December 10, 250 blind people and their pals gathered together at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville for a very special evening.

two men in navy suits with canes walk down the red carpet, one wearing a fedora

The event, which both celebrated audio description and showed the enthusiastic audience a sneak preview of a new mobile technology for delivering perfect, uninterrupted audio description in theaters and at home, was also an unprecedented gathering of blindness organizations from around the Bay Area. Dressed to impress, in cocktail attire and rolling down the 150-foot red carpet through the atrium of Pixar, we couldn’t have been more proud to see all the white canes, dogs and, most of all, a blind community dedicated to improving video description throughout mainstream culture.

A special thanks to the Blind Babies Foundation and Guide Dogs for the Blind for collaborating with the LightHouse on this first-ever gala video description event. Here’s to many more great movie-going experiences to come. Look for more details about the new technology in a future issue of the LightHouse eNews.

Check out some highlights below and check out all the photos from the event here.
several prominent female members of the blidnness community pose for the cameraa little girl hugs a dinosaur plush doll next to the red carpeta woman and her dog inspect a dinosaur plush dolla well-dressed boy with a white cane walks with his friends and family

Pixar is Throwing a Red Carpet Screening for the Blindness Community — Win Tickets Here

White Canes, Red Carpet - glamorous evening of audio description, tech, and access for all

In October, we wrote about the work we’ve been doing with Disney-Pixar to make their movies more accessible for the blind. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that next week, we’re throwing a party at Pixar Animation Studios, offering a sneak preview of their new technology at an accessible screening of their new film, The Good Dinosaur.

little caveman boy rests, eyes closed, on the Good DinosaurWe conceived “White Canes, Red Carpet” as a celebration — of audio description and technology, but moreover, inclusion and access for all. We believe that not having to contend and litigate for good accessible technology is not just a luxury, but a civil right, and seeing such an influential studio as Disney-Pixar take on the challenge wholeheartedly is truly something worth celebrating. What’s more, this will be an unprecedented gathering of blindness organizations across the Bay Area — and we’ve been working closely with the Blind Babies Foundation, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and several other agencies to ensure that as many groups as possible are represented.

So on the evening of December 10, the red carpet will stretch through the atrium at Pixar Animation Studios, and the majority of the hundreds of attendees will be blind or have low vision. The evening will culminate with a very special screening of The Good Dinosaur, and representatives from Disney and Pixar will speak and seek feedback from attendees on their new technology. It will be a grand evening, and the LightHouse is very proud to be a part of it.

HOW TO WIN TICKETS

If you love the magic of a premiere and the glitz of a new film — and especially if you’re blind or have low vision — enter our raffle by Friday, December 4th. In order to win tickets, you must answer the following, and email to lighthouseblind@gmail.com.

1. Full Name:
2. Number of tickets desired (including adult, teen, child):
3. Do you have an an up-to-date iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad?
4. Are you blind, have low vision, or affiliated with a blindness or accessibility organization?
5. Phone contact:

We will notify all ticket recipients by Monday, December 7. Unfortunately we do not have resources to notify all those who are not picked.

Press: please send any media requests to wbutler@lighthouse-sf.org.

Learn to Travel Blind with LightHouse Orientation and Mobility Instructor Katt Jones

Katt Jones works with LightHouse student George Montag in NapaThe following is one in a monthly series featuring the extraordinary people who make up the LightHouse staff.

“Being an Orientation and Mobility Specialist is a perfect fit for me,” Katt Jones tells us. “I love teaching one-on-one, and empowering people to live their lives. I also value people’s stories, which I get to hear as I teach them how to safely travel as a blind person. She adds, “There’s more to learn about O&M than white cane travel, like using auditory cues to know when to cross the street, or explaining how weather can change the skills a blind person should use to travel.”

Katt, one of our newer Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists, reminds us that O&M is more than white cane travel. “I love nerding out about smartphone apps, GPS and other means of travel. Though I don’t teach in-depth technology training—that’s what our LightHouse technology specialists are for—I do introduce my students to technology they may not be aware can help them.”

Katt earned her Master’s in Special Education with an emphasis on Orientation and Mobility at California State University, Los Angeles. Before she worked for the LightHouse she gained experience working as an O&M Specialist, and also unofficially began to learn independent living skills, which allowed her to more easily spot when someone needs additional training.

When students work with Katt to enhance their O&M skills, they get someone who listens. She says, “At the University of California San Diego, I studied sociology and psychology to understand how the individual fits within society. This led me to running support groups, where people come together to share experiences, learn and grow. When I’m working with a student, lots of personal things surface. We talk about independence, which often leads to conversations about family and friends being overly protective and not understanding. For students who are naturally shy, we talk a lot about how to respond to strangers who offer unsolicited (though well-meant) help because they see someone with a white cane. Family dynamics come up a lot, and I listen to students’ stories and help them talk through solutions. Mostly, however, I remind my students that they are in control of their lives.”

She goes on to say, “People have so many ideas about what it means to be blind. If you’re new to blindness, it’s easy to let it consume your attention. When I’m with a student, I’m teaching them blindness skills, but I also try to remind them of their hobbies and interests. It’s ironic that students of mine spend a lot of time talking to relatives and friends about blindness, and when they come to me, we start talking about theater, dancing, and hiking. I tell my students that it’s ok to say ‘stop talking about my blindness!’ My first priority is O&M instruction, but sometimes people need to be heard—what they really need is someone who sees them as a whole person.”

Katt encourages her students to come up with locations of interest to travel to during their lessons. “Several of my students want to learn how to get to the de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, or how to hop on the F-line and get out to Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf so they can check out the shops and the sea lions. They get really excited when they can show family members from out of town how to get to these iconic San Francisco locations. Just today I got to work with a student who has a membership at Cal Academy of Sciences and wanted some instruction on how to navigate the stair lifts when it is rather dark. I have another student who has been learning how to get to a San Francisco bakery so she can bring back delicious pastries and sourdough bread to her family back home in the East Bay. I try to let my students dream up any route they want or any location they want to get to so that they can focus on learning the skills while on the way to a place that they really would love to get to.”

Very much a people person, Katt runs a co-op in Oakland where she and five other housemates ensure a constant homey vibe. “We eat dinner together, share chores that we rename ‘spheres of influence’, and encourage each other.” In addition to creating a loving home, a portion of the co-op’s rent is given to nonprofits of their choosing. “Living in a co-op means we know how important community is, which is why we also support nonprofits that enrich and support the community around us.”

Katt truly embraces life and the people around her, from her students who are learning new blindness skills, to a team of performers in a local showing of the iconic film the Rocky Horror Picture Show. “I love music and dancing,” Katt says with a twirl of her head, “and I regularly attend live theater.” She reminds us all, “get up, get out, and get along.”

If you’d like to brush up on your O&M skills, or if you’ve been holding off on learning them, Katt has some words of advice: “Take the leap and let’s laugh while learning.” Contact the LightHouse at 415-831-1481 to get started.

 

BJ Epstein – Line Drawer Extraordinaire

BJ Epstein stands next to a braille printer

 

The following is one in a monthly series featuring the extraordinary people who make up the LightHouse staff

“I draw lines,” BJ Epstein, LightHouse’s Accessible Media Specialist, humbly states to describe her work at the LightHouse. To say BJ “draws lines” is like saying Luciano Pavarotti could sing—while true, it severely understates BJ’s skills and mastery of accessible print, braille, tactile and 3D media.

BJ is part of a team which has now made numerous maps of universities such as Berkeley, Stanford, San Francisco State and beyond. She holds a Master’s in Architecture and converts complicated maps, transit layouts and architectural designs into tactile models. She told us, “It’s surprisingly challenging to translate a printed map into a tactile one. For example, a map of the Civic Center BART station contains a myriad of information: two platforms, one for Muni and one for BART, several different ticket booths, multiple exits and entrances, elevators, stairs, escalators and emergency exits need to be represented. To complicate things, most official print BART maps contain even more information, most of which won’t fit on a tactile map. I have to work with agencies and the public to determine what must be represented on each tactile map, while always considering how I will represent such information.”

When BJ joined the LightHouse Access to Information Services (AIS) team in March 2011, she immediately set to work teaching herself braille. BJ emphasizes, “Learning braille takes commitment, but it’s not as hard as learning a totally new language. Really, it’s a different kind of alphabet and set of punctuation marks; you don’t have to learn new words or grammar rules, though braille contractions do take some memorization.” She urges people not to let their concerns hold them back from learning braille. “Our braille instructor, Divina Carlson, makes learning Braille fun and easy. You’ll make progress faster than you ever imagined.”

Braille translation and embossing is just one among many of BJ’s tasks. “My background in architecture enables me to translate blueprints, maps, and graphic designs into tactile and 3D representations, making complex print material fully accessible.” BJ reminds us, “Most people aren’t totally blind, so we also make designs that allow people with low vision to use both tactile and high-contrast, large print, low-clutter print representations of maps and designs.”

BJ’s skills and deep understanding of access to print materials for the blind has enabled her to lead several projects, like designing BART and Muni Accessible Station Maps. “I’ve also worked with UC Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon to produce maps for their blind students and visitors. LightHouse even designed maps for some world renowned theme parks,” BJ coyly states, “we can’t name the corporation, but I can tell you they have major theme parks on three continents, and are one of the world’s most recognizable brands.”

LightHouse’s accomplishments in the tactile map industry has exploded, thanks in large part to the work BJ does every day. She tells us, “We’re wrapping up a project with the Calgary, Canada transit system, and have been approached by other major transit authorities.” In addition to leading the industry in making tactile maps, BJ is also at the forefront of creating teaching materials and establishing a pedagogy for tactile literacy beyond braille. “We’ve found that people need to learn how to use our tactile maps. They need to familiarize themselves with the symbology and the different embossing techniques to better understand the maps we create. For some blind people, tactile maps are the first maps they’ve ever been able to personally experience. Many sighted people take for granted their acquired knowledge on how to read a map, orient themselves to a map, follow a route, and identify directions. Our teaching materials take into consideration the fact that some people need basic map usage instructions in addition to tactile literacy training.” One entertaining game our teaching materials use is the familiar “which of these is not like the other” game, where students learning tactile maps have to differentiate shapes and symbols by identifying the outlier in a group of symbols. BJ explains, “It’s a simple game with easy directions, and it teaches people how to refine their tactile perception abilities.”

BJ reminds us, “AIS has many projects going, and we’ve been fortunate to have some amazing volunteers and interns help us complete our projects. I actually started as a volunteer in AIS in 2010, helping to draw architectural maps of BART, and now I love working here and I love what I do. I can’t ask for more than that.”

BJ—part-cartographer, part-architect, part-braille transcriber—somehow finds time to pursue personal endeavors. “My husband and I recently discovered opera. We went from opera-ignorant to opera-enthusiast in one show: Cinderella (or La Cenerentola, in Italian). We’re excited for the upcoming season of the San Francisco Opera—planning to attend at least one performance of each show.”

And she and her husband have made a small herd of rabbits a part of their family, taking in bunnies whose humans have abandoned them. “When my husband and I rescued our first rabbits, all we had to transport them in was a Styrofoam cooler. We promised them that they were not, in fact, food, and that they’d soon be in a happy and loving home.”

If you need to have something translated into braille, or if you’re interested in having blueprints or maps translated into tactile designs, contact MAD Lab at madlab@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7349. And if you’re interested in volunteering with AIS, contact Justine Harris-Richburgh, our Volunteer Engagement Specialist at 1alturism@lighthouse-sf.org to sign up.