LightHouse Blog

A screenshot of a Zoom session with LightHouse Staffers holding up papers that say “Thank You” in various languages.

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…

Read More Thank You for Supporting Us on Giving Tuesday

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…

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

LightHouse 10th Floor Reception looking west with Stair in Background.

LightHouse plans to open for in-person services no sooner than late summer

Update on LightHouse Re-Opening

Although many California state COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on June 15, LightHouse plans to open for in-person services no sooner than late summer in order to protect the health and safety of our staff and students.

Dear LightHouse students, supporters, partners and friends,

As you now know, COVID-19 has changed so much…

Read More LightHouse plans to open for in-person services no sooner than late summer

cropped graphic of International Space Station with braille labels

What does the International Space Station look like?

Titles, from left: International Space Station,  International Space Station Diagram

Description: 3-page graphic containing a drawing of the International Space Station as seen from the Zenith (above), a layout diagram, and a key to abbreviations. The drawing shows the truss system horizontally, with solar arrays extending vertically up and down on the page, radiators up,…

Read More What does the International Space Station look like?

Derek and Shane Dittmar

First in Our Returning EHC Give Back Concert Series

Photo Caption: Derek and Shane Dittmar

Last year we brought you the Enchanted Hills Camp (EHC) “Give Back” summer concert series. Throughout the summer months when camp was silent, people from all over took part as best they could and listened online to an incredible array of performers who shared their talents to help support…

Read More First in Our Returning EHC Give Back Concert Series

A charcoal gray short sleeved t-shirt with the orange and white LightHouse logo on the front center

Adaptations Featured Products for the Month of June

With every month brings exciting new products and discounts to Adaptations. This June we are all about giving our shoppers the best deals out there.

To honor LightHouse Day on June 10, Adaptations is offering 10% all LightHouse hoodies, t-shirts, and tote bags for the entire month of June! Rep your favorite blindness organization and…

Read More Adaptations Featured Products for the Month of June

Mars helicopter tactile graphic with braille labels, front view with two legs, fuselage, and 2 sets of rotors.

What does NASA’s Mars Ingenuity Helicopter look like?

Title: Mars Ingenuity Helicopter

Description: Side and top views of Mars Ingenuity Helicopter with braille labels. Side view labels from top: telecommunication, solar panel, rotor system, fuselage, landing system. Top view shows solar panel, telecommunication, and rotors with arrow showing rotation, labeled: rotating carbon fiber blades, 1.2m diameter.

Download Graphic

ZIP folder contains files for producing tactile…

Read More What does NASA’s Mars Ingenuity Helicopter look like?

graph with braille labels, two lines increasing and decreasing from origin along x- and y-axes

How many daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases are there in the US and the World?

Tactile graphic title: Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases per mil people: US and world, updated May 25, 2021

Description: Braille graph with two plotted lines. Solid line for US, dashed line for World. X-axis is Date (2020-2021) with markers for Mar 1, Jul 1, Nov 1, Feb 1, May 1. Y-axis is Cases per million, from…

Read More How many daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases are there in the US and the World?

Dr. M. Leona Godin stands on a dock holding her white cane

Lighthouse Day to feature Mayor Breed and New Blindness Book Author, June 10

Each year we gather friends to celebrate Lighthouse Day, honoring our 119 years of service and looking forward into the future.

For the second year we will use Zoom to keep social distance as we gather, electronically, celebrating how LightHouse has grown and diversified and reassert our belief in our community and pride in our…

Read More Lighthouse Day to feature Mayor Breed and New Blindness Book Author, June 10

graph with braille labels, line increasing from origin along x- and y-axes

What percentage of the population have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Tactile graphic title: Share of the population that received at least 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine, through May 17

Description: Braille graph with a plotted line increasing from the origin along the x- and y-axes, reaching approximately 47% in mid-May. End of line is labeled US, with another tick labeled world at about 9%. X-axis…

Read More What percentage of the population have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

graph with braille labels, line increasing and decreasing

How many COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the US?

Tactile graphic title: US: Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered, Dec 21, 2020 - May 17, 2021

Description: Braille graph with a plotted line increasing along the x- and y-axes, dipping a few times, peaking in mid-April with just over 3 million, then decreasing again. X-axis is Date (2020-2021) with markers for Jan 1, Mar 1,…

Read More How many COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the US?

Erin Lauridsen and student

Building the Perfect Access Technology Partnership

By Erin Lauridsen, Director of Access Technology

I’m Erin Lauridsen, I’m blind and proud of it, which means that I am profoundly personally invested in my work in digital accessibility. In the course of my career so far, I’ve worked with many companies at all points along their accessibility journeys. In the course of this…

Read More Building the Perfect Access Technology Partnership

Rolling on the floor laughing face emoji

What does the Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face (ROFL) emoji look like?

Title: ROFL Emoji (and 3 others)

Description: Four emojis, from top left to bottom right, all with circular head, and open, smiling mouth. Grinning face: oval eyes. Grinning face with squinting eyes: squinting eyes as sideways V shapes. Face with tears of joy: closed eyes as curved lines, upward eyebrows, one tear on each side…

Read More What does the Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face (ROFL) emoji look like?