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Maps, at Your Fingertips: The LightHouse Store Announces On-Demand Tactile Maps

Have you ever wanted to get to know the lay of the land before heading to a new city, campus or neighborhood? Wish you could just generate a quick, raised-line aerial map the way others do with Google? Whether it’s the blocks around your kid’s new school or a conference in San Diego — it’s not always easy to get a quick overview of a neighborhood before visiting. And unfortunately, mobile web mapping systems like Google or Apple Maps tend to fall short for blind users when it comes to getting the “big picture.”

Thanks to a collaboration between the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute and our Media and Accessible Design Lab, we’re pleased to announce that you can now order on-demand tactile maps of the area of your choosing for just $19 (plus shipping and handling) from our Adaptations Store. The tactile street maps depict the area around a user-specified address or intersection, using raised lines along with a circle marking the point of interest in the center of the map. Braille and large print labels indicate street names and other critical area information like cardinal directions, scale, and main streets. For those who are new to tactile maps, this is a great way to get started with this invaluable, always dependable tool for blind and low vision travelers. And for O&M teachers, or those learning how to travel with a dog or cane, this new instant service will make a tremendous difference.

To order a map, just call our product specialists at the Adaptations Store at 1-888-400-8933 and specify the destination of the map you’re interested in. Within two business days we’ll place your order, ship it or make it available for pick up at the store.

What’s in the package?

  • 3 signature Tactile and ink-printed Maps, generated by the MAD Lab at LightHouse for the Blind, of the area surrounding your point of interest: printed at simple, moderate and dense map scale ratios
  • A tactile map key
  • An explainer page
  • All materials are printed on 11” X 11.5” sheets of embossed paper and include ink / large print labels in addition to braille

Never used a tactile map before? Stop by the Adaptations Store in person and take a look at our pre-printed maps of the area around LightHouse Headquarters at 1155 Market St. We’ll help you get a feel for using tactile maps and you can even take a pre-printed tactile map with you for $19.

Adaptations November Product of the Month: What the Heck is a SleepPhone?

SleepPhones are a soft, machine-washable headband with tiny, ultra-slim adjustable speakers tucked inside that allow you to sleep (or exercise or travel) while listening to your favorite music, recordings or soothing nature sounds. Designed by a family doctor, SleepPhones are the world’s most comfortable, bed-friendly headphones and provide a safe and natural way to fall asleep without bulky headphones or painful earbuds.

We are now carrying SleepPhones in three models: the original corded version (SleepPhones® Classic) and the wireless blue-tooth edition (SleepPhones® Wireless) which can both be connected to your favorite music or listening sources. We also carry the “simple” model (SleepPhones® Simple) which features a cord-free WAV music player, pre-loaded with 17 soothing audio tracks with just the touch of a button. All SleepPhones are backed by a one-year guarantee.

SleepPhones have helped hundreds of thousands of individuals with insomnia, jet lag, tinnitus – and even those with a noisy bed mate – sleep better. And are also happily in use by runners and hikers as they exercise. Adaptations is selling the SleepPhones® Classic for $40 and both SleepPhones® Wireless and SleepPhones® Simple for $100.

Adaptations is located at the new LightHouse Building, 1155 Market St., 10th floor, San Francisco, 94103. Call us at 415-694-7301 or email us at adaptations@lighthouse-sf.org with any questions.

Reminder: New Store Hours for Adaptations!
We’ve increased our store hours to better serve you.

Monday: We are open most Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. but occasionally staff training will mean that we open at noon. Please call 415-694-7301 to confirm our hours.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

By popular request, we are also open every 2nd Saturday of the month, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For the next few months, these Saturdays are November 12, December 10 and January 14.

Adaptations Products of the Month for October: Canes, Calendars and New Store Hours

Photo: Adaptations sales associate Starrly Winchester holds up an EZ2See Weekly Planner.

The President of the United States annually recognizes White Cane Day by the Blind Americans Equality Day Proclamation on October 15 to acknowledge the abilities and to promote equal opportunity for those who are blind .

In honor of White Cane Safety Day we invite you to save 10% on all cane and cane accessory purchases at the Adaptations Store during the entire month of October. This includes canes, tips, and cane holsters.

Refresh your Cane at Adaptations
Did you know? Adaptations can apply new white and/or red reflective tape to your cane for less than five dollars. Be sure to refresh your cane with us.

Now available at Adaptations: 2017 Calendars

planner

Photo: Double page from the EZ2See Weekly Planner

We are excited to announce that in addition to the usual calendars we carry we have a new calendar to offer for 2017 – the EZ2See Weekly Planner. The EZ2See Planner features 8 and 1/2 by 11 inch large-print pages (one set of pages for every week in the year), large daily cells that are 3 and 1/4 by 11 inches, a cover that is laminated to protect it from moisture, black page edges, and more. We are selling the EZ2See Calendar for $20.00.

We also have large print wall calendars, large print desk calendars and a free braille calendar produced by the American Action Fund (AAF).

Stop by the Adaptations Store to check out our calendar selection and start your year off right.

Please Note: New Store Hours for Adaptations!
We’ve increased our store hours to better serve you.

Monday: Store hours may vary. Please call 415-694-7301 to confirm.
Tuesday:
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday:
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday:
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday:
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We are also open every 2nd Saturday of the month, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In 2016, these Saturdays are October 8, November 12 and December 10.

Adaptations is located at the new LightHouse Building, 1155 Market St., 10th floor, San Francisco, 94103. Call us at 415-694-7301 or email us at adaptations@lighthouse-sf.org with any questions.

Now Available at Adaptations: New LightHouse T-Shirts, Boldwriter 20 Pens

Photo: Smiling LightHouse Staffer Justine Harris-Richburgh holds a small, yellow megaphone while wearing our beautiful new t-shirt at the LightHouse Grand Opening parade in June.

You Asked for It – Now You Can Buy our New LightHouse T-Shirt

Many of you saw the debut of our gorgeous new charcoal-grey t-shirts emblazoned with our updated, persimmon and white LightHouse logo at our Grand Opening celebration. The calls came in fast and furiously from all over the Bay Area asking us to sell these beautiful, comfortable t-shirts.Image of new LightHouse T-shirt

Now you can buy these high quality, extra-soft shirts at the Adaptations Store for $15.00 apiece. Quantities are limited so be sure to grab yours!

Introducing the Boldwriter 20 Pen
With the demise of the PaperMate 20/20 Pen, the Adaptations Store folks have searched long and hard for an adequate replacement.

Boldwriter 20 Pen

We’re happy to present the Boldwriter 20: a thick-ink pen comparable to the 20/20 pen you know and love. Boldwriter 20 pens sell for $2.00 a piece and 6-packs are now available for $9.00. Call us or stop by the store for a demonstration.

Please note: Adaptations will be closed Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30 while we conduct inventory. We will reopen on Monday, October 3.

Adaptations, the LightHouse Store is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We are located at the new LightHouse Building, 1155 Market St., 10th floor, San Francisco, 94103. Call us at 415-694-7301 or email us at adaptations@lighthouse-sf.org with any questions.

Now Available at Adaptations: the Newest Aftershokz Headphones model, the Trekz Titanium

The Adaptations Store is an official vendor for Aftershokz products, and to celebrate, we are showcasing several models of their Bluetooth headphones, including the just released Trekz Titanium headphones.

The Trekz Titanium Headphone is perfect for use while exercising – they’re lightweight, sweat-proof, bone conduction headphones that communicate with your device via Bluetooth.

All our Aftershokz headphones rest on your jawbone and send sound directly to your eardrum, without blocking your ears. These headphones are very popular among many different communities, including runners and commuters, but they can be particularly handy for the blind and those with low vision. Folks who navigate the streets using VoiceOver or other audio navigation tools can maintain an awareness of their surrounding environment without compromising their own personal safety.

Adaptations is carrying three styles of Aftershokz headphones: the new Trekz Titanium model ($129), the standard Bluetooth model Bluez 2 ($99.95), and the wired Sportz M3 with Microphone ($50).

To purchase these headphones by phone, call us at 415-694-7301 or take a look at them in person at our new store on the 10th floor at 1155 Market Street in San Francisco. Adaptations is 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.

Adaptations Product of the Month: Talking Infrared Thermometer

A cooking aid for those who are blind or have low vision, and a handy assistive tool for just about anyone. The Brooks Technology Talking Infrared Thermometer is now available at our Adaptations Store at our new headquarters in San Francisco.

Talking Infrared Thermometer This unique tool allows people to measure temperature at a distance, with uses as varied as adjusting zone heating in your house to checking the heat of simmering oil. Simply point the device in the direction of the source of warmth or cold and press the button. You will hear the thermometer announce the temperature in a loud clear voice.

Features of the thermometer include: 

  • Measures minus 70 to 380 Centigrade (minus 94 to 716 Farenheit)
  • Has a unique SCAN mode with slow to fast beeping to locate heat source
  • Speaks in 3 languages: English, Spanish or French
  • Has built-in talking instructions

This thermometer can be used to measure the temperature of appliances such as your refrigerator, freezer, oven and stovetop and foods such as cooking oil. It can even measure the temperature of a room.

The Talking Infrared Thermometer is available now for $119.00 plus tax. Stop by the LightHouse Adaptations store for a demonstration of this fascinating new product.

Adaptations is located at our new headquarters at 1155 Market St., 10th Floor, in San Francisco. We are 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.

A Very Special New Product at Adaptations – the Victor Reader Stream at a Special Price

The Adaptations Sign emblazoned across the portal of our new storeOur new store at our Market Street headquarters is open and ready for your business. To start things off we’re pleased to announce that in addition to the other Humanware products we sell we’re now able to offer for sale the Victor Reader Stream, a handheld accessible media player that is second to none.

The Victor Reader Stream features the following:

  • Plays DAISY books, MP3, MP4, EPUB, and many other media formats.
  • Easy access to over 36,000 web radio stations
  • Wireless access to rich media content
  • Records voice and media with built-in microphone or line-in.
  • Two built-in, human-sounding voices for a pleasant text-to-speech experience.
  • Built-in wireless networking capability.
  • Weighs less than 4 ounces (110 grams).

Victor Reader Stream

The Victor Reader Stream retails at $369.00 but Adaptations is selling it for the low price of $329.00. Take one home today.

Adaptations is located at our new headquarters at 1155 Market St., 10th Floor, in San Francisco. We are 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.