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 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…

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How close to the sun is the newly-discovered asteroid with the fastest orbit in our solar system?

Title: PH27 Fastest Orbiting Asteroid in Our Solar System

Description: Diagram of planetary and asteroid orbits around the sun. Three solid-line, concentric circles represent the planetary orbits, with a label for each.  A dotted-line ellipse represents the orbit of asteroid 2021 PH27, intersecting with Mercury's and Venus's paths. Small, open circles represent the planets along…

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Blind Chemist Hoby Wedler Leads first “Cooking with Community Class” for Youth

Calling all cooks and aspiring cooks in middle and high school who are blind or have low vision: LightHouse Youth Programs is pleased to announce a new class: Cooking Creates Community. This happens the second Saturday of the month from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. This monthly virtual cooking lesson and conversation will be led by…

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Celebrate Disability Culture at Palo Alto Art Center In-Person or Virtually

You’re invited to The Art of Disability Culture: Artists with Disabilities Dispelling Myths, Dissolving Barriers, and Disrupting Prejudice, running September 11 through December 11 at the Palo Alto Art Center in Palo Alto California. This exhibit celebrates the “diverse, personal, and infinitely varied disability experience.”

There are several blind people among the 20 artists whose…

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COVID-19 Rent Relief for San Francisco Residents

The San Francisco Mayor's Office on Disability and the San Francisco Mayor's Office on Housing and Community Development would like San Francisco tenants to know about  a COVID-19 Rent Assistance Program.

Tenants can apply for up to 18 months of rental assistance including prospective rental assistance and utility assistance. All eligible households will receive assistance.…

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LightHouse Launches New Program for Parents of Infants and Toddlers Who are Blind or Have Low Vision

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a major new program called LightHouse Little Learners. The program will serve families of children ages birth to three who are blind, DeafBlind, have low vision or neurological visual impairment, or whose developmental delays include blindness or low vision. Read on to find out more. 

 

The launch…

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Students and instructors, all wearing white aprons, pose with cooking utensils in the LightHouse training kitchen

New to Blindness? Learn essential skills with a virtual Edition of Changing Vision Changing Life

Changing Vision Changing Life (CVCL) is for those who are new to blindness or low vision and want to get a full overview of the essential training that will be beneficial for work, home, school and life. Students will be with a cohort of up to ten peers. CVCL starts with a day of…

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Blind voter Amber and LightHouse volunteer Aisha hold a sealed vote-by-mail ballot in 2019

Information on the Upcoming California Recall Election, Including How LightHouse Volunteers Can Provide Support

Attention all California voters: The California Gubernatorial Recall Election has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 14. This election will decide whether the California state governor, Gavin Newsom, should be removed from office before his official term ends.
 
Registered voters in California began receiving a vote-by-mail ballot in August. If you live in the San Francisco Bay…

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LightHouse Youth Return to Favorite Programs this Fall. And Something New!

LightHouse’s Youth Programs team is excited to be bringing back many of your favorite virtual programs this autumn, plus introduce a new one. Find out more about them below.

Get your weekends started off right with Reel Escape: Audio Described Movie Club. Every Friday evening from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, you can catch an…

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Cropped illustration of 2 horizontal fencing weapons, blade cross sections in circles, and shaded target areas on body, with braille labels.

What are the different types of Olympic fencing?

Title: Olympic Fencing

Description: The three Olympic fencing styles are contrasted by each weapon's long cross section on the left (horizontal line), its blade cross section in a circled just below, and the corresponding target areas on body, shaded, in a column on the right side of the page.

The foil blade is 90 centimeters long…

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And the 2021 Holman Prizewinners Are…

The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco is pleased to announce the winners of the fifth annual Holman Prize for Blind Ambition.

Last month an international panel of blind leaders came together virtually to select the three winners of the 2021 Holman Prize.

Launched in 2017, the Holman Prize awards up to…

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