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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 10th Floor Reception looking west with Stair in Background.

LightHouse Offices Closed for In-Person Services Through January 4, 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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Nai outdoors holding their white cane.

LightHouse Staffer Nai Damato tells how a gift and passion for languages led them to become an interpreter for people who are DeafBlind

I was born three months premature in Soviet Russia. I was adopted at age three to a multilingual and musical family in Washington, DC. This environment allowed me to develop a strong ear; I began playing music at age six and had eight languages under my belt by age 18. I spent my weekends…

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A group Zoom screenshot of the 2020 YES Academy

Reflections from the 2020 YES Academy

Despite the many changes to LightHouse programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Youth Programs team rose to the challenge of adapting the Summer Youth Employment Series (YES) Academy to go ahead online. This summer, our YES students participated in a five-week virtual academy filled with engaging, interactive activities to help them…

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Caitlin sitting at a desk with a computer and holding a smartphone.

A personal take on Tech Together Online

By Caitlin O'Malior

We live in a highly technical world, especially lately as many schools, programs, and companies have converted their services to an online platform. For people who are blind or have low vision, some of these new virtual experiences are less accessible, making certain day to day activities more difficult. It can feel…

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Get Your Cupful of Cardio Weekdays with LightHouse

Since the pandemic began, we’ve all had to make adjustments as our normal routines were turned on their heads. It’s not just work and school that have changed, but our fitness routines as well, since gyms are closed as well as some hiking trails and parks.

Many virtual fitness classes have popped up over the…

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A composite of the ADA logo of a person walking with a white cane and the LightHouse logo.

Listen to our Panel on the future of the Americans with Disabilities Act

If you missed it, do not fear. The panel we hosted on the Future of the Americans with Disabilities Act is up on our YouTube channel.

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Justice Shorter

Disaster Protection Advisor National Disability Rights Network – Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities While earning her MA in Sustainable Development: International Policy & Management,…

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A Zoom screenshot of musicians who performed at EHC’s virtual alumni showcase.

A look back at the EHC “Give Back” Concert Series

Tony Fletcher – Director of Enchanted Hills Camp

“My thoughts? I am genuinely satisfied with the results of the “Give Back” Concert Series. It felt authentic on so many levels. We captured the spirit of camp in terms of variety, fun and adventure. You just never really knew what would transpire with the live broadcasts.…

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Bruce Cockburn

Award winning singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn closes EHC “Give Back” Concert Series, 8/14

To celebrate Enchanted Hills Camp 70th anniversary, talented musicians, both blind and sighted, have been singing and playing their hearts out on Facebook Live in the “Give Back” concert series. This groundbreaking season of performances has been helping us raise money for Chimehenge, an interactive community musical instrument of epic proportions that will be played…

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Shane Dittmar playing the piano

EHC Virtual Alumni Showcase is August 8

This week's Summer Concert Give Back Series, features many Enchanted Hills Camp Enrichment Area Leaders, currently and from the past four years. It will be a two hour concert featuring; Shane Dittmar, Derik Dittmar, Mariana Sandoval-Lintz, Joshua Lintz, Masceo Williams, Daniel Cavazos, Sky Mundell and Paul Day.

One of the featured performers, Shane Dittmar,  is a musician, educator, and composer. He served for two summers as…

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2020 Holman Prizewinners Announced

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – San Francisco is proud to introduce the three winners of this year’s prestigious Holman Prize competition for Blind Ambition.

The Holman Prize was launched by LightHouse in 2017: awarding three blind individuals up to 25,000 US dollars to fulfill a dream, turn an idea into reality or…

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Phil Madeira

Phil Madeira Performs Free Virtual Concert for EHC, 7/31

Legendary singer songwriter Phil Madeira joins us this Friday, July 31 for our next live concert

Phil Madeira is a multi-faceted musician whose career seemed destined to flower in the authentic, song-centered culture of Nashville. In his 35 years in Music City, he's been a singer, a songwriter, a composer, a producer who specializes in…

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