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San Francisco Mayor London Breed stands with LightHouse CEO Bryan Bashin and LightHouse board President Chris Downey.

LightHouse Observes White Cane Day with Mayor London Breed

On Tuesday, October 15, LightHouse celebrated White Cane Day. Eighty-seven LightHouse ambassadors, visitors and staff gathered to talk about the white cane as a tool for blind independence. San Francisco Mayor London Breed joined us and talked about San Francisco's commitment to making the city a great place for seniors and people with disabilities…

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The back of a San Francisco muni bus showing the LightHouse/Vision Zero SF Safe Streets ad.

Look for LightHouse on San Francisco Muni Buses

As part of LightHouse’s involvement in the Vision Zero SF campaign Safe Streets for Seniors, and to celebrate White Cane Day, LightHouse has put up bus tails (advertising appearing on the back of a bus) on Muni buses across San Francisco. The whimsical ad depicts drawn images of blind pedestrians using a white cane…

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Past participants in LightHouse's White Cane Day celebration stand in a row with canes extended.

Celebrate White Cane Day and meet Mayor London Breed

Calling all members of the blind community, friends and allies. Tuesday, October 15 is White Cane Day. Celebrate and promote safety awareness at LightHouse Headquarters as we meet Mayor London Breed and walk to City Hall. Bring your canes or dog guides and be seen.

When: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Meet…

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Students of our CVCL class practice their new mobility skills while crossing Market Street near LightHouse Headquarters.

San Francisco’s Market Street is being transformed and the city wants to hear from you

You're invited to a community gathering on Thursday, October 3, to learn more about and give input to the Better Market Street project.

When: Thursday, October 3, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: LightHouse Headquarters, 1155 Market St, 10th Floor

Better Market Street is the City's multi-agency project to transform 2.2 miles of Market Street, from Octavia Boulevard…

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Wanda Pearson, LightHouse Employment Immersion Coordinator, stands with Employment Immersion students and LightHouse volunteers outside San Francisco's Federal Building.

Employment Immersion Students Make Their Mark at Federal Job Fair

On September 4, 26 blind and low vision jobseekers who are part of LightHouse’s Employment Immersion Program, assembled at LightHouse Headquarters and walked as a group to the Federal Building in San Francisco for a job fair.

The jobseekers, dressed in business attire and armed with resumes and cover letters, spoke with representatives from twenty…

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Hands hold the San Francisco Bay Area Cities tactile map. A black LightHouse T-shirt appears in the background.

New local tactile maps at Adaptations

Photo: Sarika Dagar

Our Mad Lab designers have been hard at work producing a set of new maps of our region. Never before have curious blind travelers had these tactile maps, and they can be acquired immediately from LightHouse’s Adaptations Store.

Here is a list of the available maps:

• San Francisco Bay Area Cities: Ever wonder…

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Red Szell climbs the rock formation Am Buachaille

Red Szell reflects on how the Holman Prize got him to the top of the rock

Each year, the Holman Prize for Blind Ambition, funded by LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco, provides three blind people up to $25,000 each to carry out an ambitious idea. On June 22, 2019, Holman Prize winner Red Szell successfully completed his extreme blind triathlon, which included a 10-mile off-road…

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Amy Mason

Meet LightHouse Access Technology Specialist Amy Mason

The Lighthouse Access Technology Department offers up-to-date training in the latest accessible methods. Meet Amy Mason, one of our Access Technology Specialists, who trains students who are blind or have low vision on ways to make their phone, computer or other devices easier and more comfortable to use.

Amy began her journey with access technology…

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Kate Williams stands, white cane in hand, in front of the Ed Roberts Campus.

Coming soon – LightHouse East Bay expands services

LightHouse East Bay, our office at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, is growing, and along with it, our commitment to providing a continuum of programs and services. The LightHouse has welcomed students from the East Bay into our programs for many years, but recognizes that establishment of a consistent presence in the area…

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Annalisa DiLeonardo, surrounded by young campers.

The best part about blind camp

By Annalisa DiLeonardo, Assistant Director, Enchanted Hills Camp

I've been attending Enchanted Hills Camp for nine summers now, seven as part of the staff. I have low vision, but prior to my first summer attending EHC, I'd never really met another person with low vision, except one gentleman in high school.

I owe a lot to…

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