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An ink-print and tactile graphic of a tic-tac-toe board with a heart in the center, on a white greeting card.

Braille Mail: Get Your Tactile V-Day Cards at the Adaptations Store

This Valentine's Day, give your loved one real feels with our new line of fun, touchable greeting cards. Our Adaptations Store is offering three designs, each with ink-print, tactile and braille designs on a white background.

Individual cards are $6, or you can purchase four for $20.
All cards come with an envelope.
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Braille design of a puzzle world for Swift Playgrounds Tactile Puzzle Worlds.

Blind Students: Learn to Code with Swift Playgrounds Tactile Puzzle Worlds

Today San Francisco’s LightHouse for the Blind announced a collaboration with Apple to make learning to code more accessible to students who are blind or have low vision. LightHouse’s Media and Accessible Design Lab (MAD Lab) has created Swift Playgrounds Tactile Puzzle Worlds compatible with Swift Playgrounds, a free, fun and accessible iPad app…

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Chris Downey and Lesley Stahl walk down New Montgomery Street in San Francisco

Watch LightHouse on ’60 Minutes’

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, 60 Minutes featured LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in a story called A Different Kind of Vision. The story profiles of LightHouse Board President Chris Downey, as he celebrates his 10 year anniversary since becoming blind. The story is about taking on and moving past life's challenges,…

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The three 2018 prizewinners from left to right: Stacy Cervenka, Red Szell and Conchita Hernandez.

Why every blind person should apply to the 2019 Holman Prize

Holman Prize applications are open until February 28, 2019. Learn how to apply.

Being successful as a blind person is not about being a superhero. We often see images of people with disabilities atop mountains, creating beautiful things or connecting their community in big ways. But often the narrative is over-simplified to the exclusion of…

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Artist Kurt Schwartzmann shakes hands with a MUNI driver at his art opening at the LightHouse.

A love letter to MUNI from a visually impaired artist

In 2019, we’re thrilled to host a special exhibition of work by Bay Area artist Kurt Schwartzmann at the LightHouse for the Blind Gallery in our headquarters starting on Thursday, January 10. Please join us for the exhibition opening from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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While most MUNI riders have less…

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Former LightHouse boardmember Gil Johnson speaks at a podium.

Oral History: Gil Johnson reflects on eight decades of blindness training, advocacy and community

A distinguished longtime board member and pioneer of rehabilitation services at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco, there are few denizens of our community more respected and knowledgeable than Gil Johnson. Growing up as a confident, free-thinking young blind man and coming to the LightHouse during a pivotal moment…

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Holman Prizewinner Ojok Simon receiving his award

Photos: LightHouse’s first-ever ‘Celebration of Blind Ambition’ in San Francisco

Last Thursday, the LightHouse gathered hundreds of friends, supporters and community members at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in downtown San Francisco for the LightHouse Gala: A Celebration of Blind Ambition. At the gala, which was LightHouse’s largest-ever, we honored blind pioneers, role models and citizens for their audacity and ambition. It was a celebration, a…

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Seven Blind Leaders Honored in First-ever LightHouse Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, November 29, hundreds gathered at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in downtown San Francisco for the LightHouse Gala: A Celebration of Blind Ambition. The event, which was the 116-year old LightHouse’s first independent gala celebration, honored blind role models and boundary-pushers of all kinds, not just for high-achievements but for their level of…

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A vertical black line divides the Lighthouse logo at left, and the Sendero Group logo at right. Lighthouse logo says "LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired" and the Sendero Group logo says "Sendero Group" to the right of a graphic of a black and red road with a white dividing line.

LightHouse will take over as distributor of Sendero Map and GPS products

The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco is proud to announce its takeover as the manager and distributor of Sendero Group-manufactured GPS products. The LightHouse will run Sendero Maps and Sendero’s GPS product, which will continue to function normally.

Sendero’s PC Maps and GPS serve the blind and visually impaired community…

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