New Blindness and Low Vision Skills Training Classes

For updated information about our classes visit our online calendar.

Enroll in Changing Vision, Changing Life Immersion Classes
Immerse yourself in our innovative Changing Vision, Changing Life classes that are designed to teach a variety of skills essential to living an independent and successful life. Here are just a few to tantalize you: introduction to braille; conquering paper through low and high tech strategies and tools; skills for organization, labeling and time management; problem solving; cooking and eating outside the microwave; moving gracefully and successfully at home and the community; and putting the “self” in advocacy. Immersive classes offer opportunities to exchange stories, problem solve and laugh with peers.
Changing Vision, Changing Life classes are offered at LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters and at our San Rafael office. And for the first time, we are offering longer, more intense and fun classes through several six-day/five-night sessions at our beautiful Enchanted Hills Retreat.

Act now! For all classes but San Rafael, contact Rehabilitation Services Specialist Debbie Bacon for workshop fees and registration at or 415-694-7357.

During our Get Back to Basics in the Kitchen class, student Alfredo De La Rosa hands a plate of freshly-made food to Rehabilitation Services Coordinator Donna Kazanjian

Changing Vision, Changing Life Immersion Classes in San Francisco
Sign up for a three-week class at LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters.

  • October 9 to 26 (T/Th/F, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
  • December 4 to 21 (T/Th/F, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
  • January 15 to February 1, 2013 (T/Th/F, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Changing Vision, Changing Life Immersion Class in San Rafael
Find it a pain to cross the bridge to study in San Francisco? If you live in Marin County the LightHouse has another option for you. Sign up for this ten-week class:

  • November 1 to January 3 (8 Classes: Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

*Contact Jeff Carlson at 415-258-8496 for Immersion Class and Materials Fees

NEW! Changing Vision, Changing Life Immersion Retreat, Napa 2013 Schedule
New learners will enjoy the spirit of invention and creativity in the blindness training we will offer on our Napa retreat property. Sign up now for one of these six-day retreats:

  • March 24 to 29; June 9 to 14; September 8 to 13

How to Get the Best out of Your Low Vision
If you have low vision (if you can effectively read the headlines on a newspaper without additional magnification) this two-day workshop is for you. Learn how magnification, lighting and use of color and contrast can make a huge difference in your daily life at home, work or school. Our two-day workshop will provide you with information and hands-on training while you explore a variety of low vision strategies. Recent (within 1 – 2 years) Low Vision Exam is recommended but not required. The following three workshops will be held at LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters:

  • Workshop I – October 24 and 26: 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Workshop II – November 14 and 16: 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Workshop III – December 12 and 14: 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Beyond Hunt and Peck: Computer Keyboarding Class
Are you a new computer user or new to using a computer with speech or magnification software? Touch typing is essential to your effectiveness at work, school and while using the myriad of social media opportunities the internet offers. Our keyboarding class will help you attain the accuracy and speed that is necessary for competitive employment or academics. The six hours a week/four week class will focus on touch typing techniques and listening skills. Students are required to attend weekly lab for practice and homework which is overseen by instructors. The following workshops will be held at LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters:

  • Keyboard Class I – September 5 to October 1, 1 to 3:00 p.m. (M/W Class, Th Lab)
  • Keyboard Class II – November 5 to 28, 1 to 3:00 p.m. (M/W Class, Th Lab)

Love To Eat? Get Back to Basics in the Kitchen!
On September 10, Christina Ha, a home chef and a graduate student in creative writing from Houston took on 100 competitors and renowned chefs, Gordon Ramsey, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot to become the winner of Fox TV’s Master Chef. Christina was the first blind contestant on the show – she didn’t let kitchen fears get the best of her, so don’t let them get the best of you! Learn how your sense of taste, smell and touch, along with a few handy strategies and tools, can guide you toward kitchen wizardry and tasty dishes. The following class will be held at LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters:

  • November 6 to 27 (6 Classes: T/Th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)