LightHouse Blog

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Thank You for Supporting Us on Giving Tuesday

Hooray! Well done! Thanks to the unwavering support of our generous donors, staff and Board members, we raised over $110,000 and exceeded our goal on Giving Tuesday.

Thank you for joining the #GivingTuesday movement to help protect Enchanted Hills Camp. Funds raised this year will purchase a much-needed tractor for Enchanted Hills and send 50…

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A group of campers who are blind and low vision explore flora at Enchanted Hills Camp while the sunrays peek through redwood trees in the background.

By taking a pause, Enchanted Hills Camp will help flatten the curve

Dear friends and supporters,

For almost a year, we’ve been preparing for the biggest and most fun-filled summer ever at Enchanted Hills Camp for this, our 70th birthday year. We’ve nearly completed the new pool bathhouse, spiffed up the dining hall and its commercial kitchen, deepened our lake and stocked it with fish and cleared…

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LightHouse Offices Closed for In-Person Services Through July 1, 2021

Dear LightHouse students, supporters, partners and friends,

As you now know, COVID-19 has changed so much for all of us, and it continues to be an unprecedented threat. This is especially true for some members of the blind community.

LightHouse for the Blind and its committed staff are continuing to provide essential resources and support for…

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Mario Burton on Diversity, Black History and LightHouse’s People and Culture Team

Late last year LightHouse hired its first Director of People and Culture. The position is the outgrowth of our 2017 Strategic Plan, which recognized the need for our growing organization to have a strong internal voice for diversity, equity and inclusion, and to serve as a voice for creating a remarkable work culture across…

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LightHouse Volunteers Can Help Schedule Vaccination Appointments

If you need support in completing any forms or navigating websites in order to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please reach out to LightHouse and we’ll pair you with a volunteer to assist you in completing these documents. We have volunteers on hand who will be able to assist you in your appointment scheduling…

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An installation of tactile models designed by MAD Lab at the Fremont Indian State Park in Utah

Park Yourself in Front of a LightHouse Media and Accessible Design Lab Display

LightHouse’s Media and Accessible Design Laboratory (MAD Lab) is a one-of-a-kind department that specializes in making visual information accessible to the blind. They aren’t just a team of braille transcribers, but a team of creative and highly skilled tactile designers. They can convey visual directional information into tactile maps accessible for those who are blind…

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Ed Garcia: From Hired to Hiring

When it comes to getting hired for a job, having successful conversations with a company’s Human Resources Department is crucial. Human Resources employees are usually the first people who review your resume and cover letter and the first ones you’ll talk to in the interview process. 
 
Ed Garcia is LightHouse’s Human Resources Generalist and is…

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Youth Employment Services (YES) Summer Academy

June 27 (Sunday 3:00 PM)- July 25 (Sunday 11:00 AM), 2021
The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Youth Employment Services (YES) is excited to offer a redesigned 2021 Summer Academy for transition-age blind and low vision youth! Transition-age is between the ages of 16 and 24.

This year, the YES Academy will be hosted…

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Learn Blindness Skills Together at Changing Vision Changing Life

By Kathy Abrahamson, Director of Rehabilitation Services
 
Here’s a heads-up: many great things will happen on February 22 this year. It’s World Thinking Day, Walking the Dog Day, National Wildlife Day, and you can add one more to your calendar: the week-long Changing Vision Changing Life (CVCL) virtual program kicks off that day. This is…

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Holman Prize Applications are Now Open

Have you been dreaming and planning out your pitch for the 2021 Holman Prize for Blind Ambition? Maybe you’ve even already shot your pitch video. Well the time has come: Applications for the 2021 Holman Prize are now open.
 
Haven’t heard about the Holman Prize yet? Here’s more info.
 
Now in it’s fifth year, the Holman Prize…

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A New Place to Drop in to on Our Adaptations Website

The countdown to 2021 is here and as you take advantage of those post-holiday sales, why not check out Discount Corner, a new section on our Adaptations Store website?

Discount corner items are available while supplies last, so get in quick to check them out.

Looking for a colorful cane? Why not get an Ambutech folding…

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Wizardly Winter Reading with the Harry Potter Club for Youth

The holidays mean time off from school and a great way to pass that time is to read an awesome book. If you’re a youth who is blind or has low vision, who’s under 18 or still in high school, join us monthly for the Harry Potter Club, starting with our kickoff on January…

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