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LightHouse Announces Partnership with Bop It Creator

We’re pleased to announce that a unique partnership has been formed between LightHouse and inventor of the popular Bop It toy, Dan Klitsner, whose office is just a hop, skip and a jump from LightHouse San Francisco. Dan wanted to commemorate Bop It’s 25th birthday by launching a charitable-giving campaign called Bop It for Good,…

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A Letter from LightHouse CEO, Sharon Giovinazzo

Dear students, supporters and friends of the LightHouse:
 
Here I am at the end of my third week as CEO of this incredible organization and it’s been a wonderful whirlwind. I arrived in San Francisco before my belongings and my two dogs and hit the ground running. My third day on the job was to…

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LightHouse MAD Lab Provides Tactile BART Station Maps

Back in 2010, LightHouse’s Media and Accessible Design Lab (MAD Lab) set out to create accessible tactile and Braille maps of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train stations. After four years of hard work and collaboration between our accessible designers and our affiliates at BART, MAD Lab produced several accessible and detailed views of…

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LightHouse Sirkin Center Employee is Nominated for NIB’s Employee of the Year!

The past month has been an incredible success for our staff at the LightHouse Sirkin Center. First, we showcased our paper and cleaning products at the annual National Industries for the Blind (NIB) Expo. Then we threw open the doors of the new Sirkin Center facility to welcome over 200 people including the mayor…

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LightHouse Sirkin Center staff with presenters at the 2022 EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards

LightHouse Sirkin Center Named 2022 Environmental Protection Agency Safer Choice Partner of the Year

LightHouse Sirkin Center has been a Safer Choice Partner of the EPA since 2019. According to the EPA website, “the Safer Choice program helps consumers and purchasers for facilities, such as schools and office buildings, find products containing chemical ingredients that are safer for human health and the environment.”
 
Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Cox says,…

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Notice of Public Meeting of LightHouse Board of Directors, November 3

When: Thursday, November 3, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, via Zoom or in person at 1155 Market St, San Francisco
 
We're inviting our community to attend this meeting of the Board of Directors of San Francisco’s LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and we're welcoming your feedback!  In this meeting, 30 minutes will be…

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LightHouse Little Learners Turns One!

Last fall, LightHouse proudly introduced our newest department to our community, LightHouse Little Learners! It took a whole year of blood, sweat and tears to establish this wonderful team and fulfil a long-held organizational goal to offer services to the littlest members of the blind and low vision population and their families.
 
From onboarding our…

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LightHosue Holds “So You Think You Want A Guide Dog” Info Session, 10/19

In March 2020, right before LightHouse closed for in-person programs, for 26 months, a new workshop, “So You Think You Want A Guide Dog?” debuted. The workshop was the brainchild of LightHouse Orientation & Mobility Specialist Katt Jones, who wanted to provide information that was impartial and beyond that offered by guide dog schools…

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10% Off all White Cane Products at Adaptations to Celebrate White Cane Awareness Month

October 15 is White Cane Awareness Day. This day is dedicated to the important symbol of blindness, the long white cane and the independence for blind people this mobility tool represents.
 
In fact, the entire month of October is about celebrating the achievements of blind people and making the general public aware of blind people’s…

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Students gather for Sensing the Seasons at EHC in 2019

LightHouse Community Services Programs to Hold Weekend Retreat at EHC

Three retreats are being held simultaneously at Enchanted Hills Camp the weekend of November 11 through 13. 
Sensing the Seasons: EHC’s Fall Nature Retreat
 
Our always popular Sensing the Seasons Nature Education retreat returns. This session is open to blind and low vision high school students and recent high school graduates. This time around, we’ll focus…

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