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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 Labor Day

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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Community Outreach Coordinator Sheri Albers: from hiding to claiming her blindness

When my sister and I were diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) at early ages, there was little known about the disease. My parents were told by experts in the field that we would gradually go blind and there was no cure. My parents left the office without any support or resources.

Due to the nature…

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Enjoy a summer of stories, trivia and songs with Enchanted Hills Camp Virtual Campfires

By Caitlin O'Malior

With the devastation of the coronavirus and the state ordered shelter in place safety restrictions, LightHouse’s beloved Enchanted Hills Camp has had to temporarily close its cabin doors. But that doesn’t mean campers will be completely deprived of fun this summer—dust off those hiking boots, grab a cozy camp sweater, and gather…

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A student who has low vision using a laptop with magnification software.

Share your wisdom and shine has a youth mentor

I realized that since LightHouse Youth events are all held over Zoom these days, I actually have time to be a volunteer mentor. As a staff member at LightHouse who has low vision, I have often felt the desire to share some of my educational and professional experiences with the younger generation. I was…

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LightHouse student Jim Askin, wearing a mask and holding a white cane, walks outdoors on a pathway surrounded by grass.

Putting the mobile in mobility: LightHouse O&M Instructors serve virtual lessons

Since mid-March, all LightHouse programs have been online, in accordance with shelter in place orders and to keep our students safe. Our program staff had to adapt quickly to ensure there wasn’t a long gap in training for students. Through online classes and phone appointments, we’ve continued to teach accessible technology, braille and independent…

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Gil Johnson speaks at a podium while reading from a braille display.

Celebrate LightHouse Day remotely with us, June 10

Four years ago, we celebrated the grand opening of our new, expanded headquarters with the first-ever LightHouse Day. Our new headquarters allowed us to expand our reach and serve more of the blind and low vision community in Northern California. Today, we’ve expanded our reach even further with nearly two dozen new online classes.

Join…

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LightHouse and Uber partner to provide transport for essential workers

In December last year, LightHouse was thrilled to be selected by Uber as a partner in its Community Impact Initiative program. Since 2017 the ride-share company, in recognition of the fact that access to transport is often a barrier to opportunity for many people, began partnering with not-for-profit organizations to provide rides free-of-charge to…

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The Adaptations Store, with the door open

Need blindness products? Adaptations Reopens for Online Orders

As we continue to shelter in place and do our best to help slow the potential spread of COVID-19, the staff at Adaptations knows how invaluable some of the items we carry can be in the day-to-day lives of people who use them. While we must all do what we can to keep one…

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Hands On Goes Virtual

By Caitlin O’Malior, Alternate Media Specialist

With the outbreak of COVID-19 and strict orders on social distancing, the world around us is changing the way we are operating in order to conduct business as usual. The dedicated staff at LightHouse has welcomed the challenge and have been offering a variety of virtual programs and workshops…

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