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Meet LightHouse Access Technology Specialist Amy Mason

The Lighthouse Access Technology Department offers up-to-date training in the latest accessible methods. Meet Amy Mason, one of our Access Technology Specialists, who trains students who are blind or have low vision on ways to make their phone, computer or other devices easier and more comfortable to use.

Amy began her journey with access technology…

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Kate Williams stands, white cane in hand, in front of the Ed Roberts Campus.

Coming soon – LightHouse East Bay expands services

LightHouse East Bay, our office at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, is growing, and along with it, our commitment to providing a continuum of programs and services. The LightHouse has welcomed students from the East Bay into our programs for many years, but recognizes that establishment of a consistent presence in the area…

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YES Academy students with white canes stand in front of restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown

Reflections from the YES Academy Class of 2019

Each year, LightHouse offers an intensive summer program for youth ages 16-24, which includes time spent away from home. The Youth Employment Series (YES) Academy is a four-week immersive experience held at LightHouse Headquarters in San Francisco to gain first-hand knowledge about building confidence, being a “team player,” identifying strengths and interests, and finding…

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Holman Prizewinner Conchita Hernandez and the staff of METAS stand with schoolchildren

A Blindness Conference in Mexico Becomes a Catalyst for Change

From July 26-28, 2019, Holman Prizewinner Conchita Hernandez convened the first-ever blindness conference in Mexico led by blind people for blind kids and their families.

Conchita convened a team of fellow blindness professionals to host the conference she called Cambiando Vidas, or “Changing Lives.”

Held in Guadalajara, the Cambiando Vidas conference included breakout sessions on a…

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Announcing the 2019 Holman Prizewinners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Francisco, CA, Thursday, July 11
All inquiries and interview requests to: press@lighthouse-sf.org.
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Holman Prizewinners will each use their $25,000 awards to promote blind empowerment by building a tool for blind people to find exoplanets, taking a plunge into public transit in six cities around the world…

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YES Academy student stands over salads made by students for the dinner

A YES Summer student reflects on their first week

The following is a reflection from Amber, a YES Student from LightHouse’s Summer Academy. For more information about YES’ Summer Academy, check out our round-up and photos from last year.

In my short time of being at the LightHouse, I have had an exceptional time with many different learning experiences including work/living skills and also…

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Red stands triumphantly at the top of Am Buachaille, overlooking the vast expanse of ocean and land. Photo by Keith Partridge.

Blind Adventurer Successfully Completes Extreme Triathlon

On June 22, Blind adventurer Red Szell, age 49, successfully completed an extreme triathlon which included a 10-mile off-road tandem ride through bogland, an ocean swim and a 213-foot climb up Scotland’s most dramatic oceanic rock formation, Am Buachaille, in 12 hours. 

More than just a triathlon, Red documented the whole endeavor, working closely with…

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