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A student looks up from test taking during the 2020 Northern California Regional Braille Challenge.

The Brilliance of Braille Challenge 2020

Photos by Sarika Dagar

Every four years, there’s a leap day and every three years, the LightHouse hosts the Northern California Regional Braille Challenge. This year, those two events coincided. On February 29. the Braille Challenge titled, Leap into Literacy, took over LightHouse headquarters.

The Braille Challenge is a North American contest that tests the braille…

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LightHouse CEO Bryan Bashin stands at a LightHouse podium

LightHouse closes until early April

Dear LightHouse Community,

I am writing to you this afternoon to announce an advanced and accelerated implementation of what we have all feared was coming – a major disruption of LightHouse operations and services. Governmental guidance, epidemiologic evidence, and your own concerns have all registered with our leadership team.

Therefore, we have decided on the following course of action…

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A map of the United States with the words "Census 2020 count us all" written over it

It’s Time To Fill Out Your 2020 Census

It’s time for Census 2020. Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts the population of the 50 states, Washington D.C. and the five major territories in the United States. An accurate count is important because it helps determine funding for schools, highways, healthcare, social services and housing in your community.

Over the next few…

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LightHouse CEO Bryan Bashin stands at a LightHouse podium

An important message from LightHouse CEO Bryan Bashin

Like every other organization in the Bay Area, the LightHouse is dedicated to the health and safety of our community. On March 9, we instituted an initial policy to address the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This policy is currently in force and may intensify if the outbreak and public health authorities publish new guidance.

Some aspects…

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Blind Fulbrigtht Grantee Anna Wroblewska Seeks Interviews with LightHouse Students

Anna Wroblewska, a Fulbright grantee, who is hosted by the University of San Francisco, and is herself blind, is conducting a study on the biographical experiences of blind and low vision people who use LightHouse services. She is looking for participants to interview and the interviews will be recorded. The research findings will be used to…

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YES Academy students with white canes stand in front of restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown

Youth Employment Series (YES) 2020 Summer Academy Applications Open

Our Youth Employment Series (YES Academy) is happening again this year for working-aged young people. Students take part in interactive learning opportunities as they participate in work-based learning experiences. They’ll meet life-long friends, mentors and supportive LightHouse staff. They will also have the opportunity to go to one of the biggest blindness conventions in…

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Seen from behind, a man walking with a white cane through the woods of Enchanted Hills Camp.

Come to Our Enchanted Hills Camp Hiring Fare at LightHouse

Looking for paid or volunteer opportunities over the summer? Then we’re looking for you.

Come along to our Enchanted Hills Camp Hiring Fair to learn about how you can have the time of your life, while helping to enrich the experiences of blind and visually impaired campers. We need cooks, counselors, leaders and listeners.

Blind or…

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A group trekking during EHC session. EHC 70th year anniversary logo on the side of the image.

Enchanted Hills Summer Camp Registrations Now Open

Sign-up now for one (or more) of the fantastic camps happening this summer at beautiful Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa. From weekend retreats with the family, to longer camps for teens – there’s something for everyone.

Browse the full list of camp sessions, fill out the application form, and get set for a fulfilling and…

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LightHouse Board members on retreat at Enchanted Hills Camp, with their image reflected in the lake behind them

Reflections from Chancey Fleet, LightHouse’s newest board member, on recent Board Retreat at EHC

A few weeks ago, the LightHouse Board of Directors held its annual retreat at Enchanted Hills Camp, atop Mount Veeder in Napa. Although I had visited the camp before to take part in a Tactile Arts and Graphics Symposium, this was my first opportunity to visit as a board member, and my first since…

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Dr. Sharon Sacks, sitting in front of colorful abstract paintings

Dr. Sharon Sacks elected new board chair of LightHouse for the Blind

LightHouse for the Blind is honored and excited to welcome Dr. Sharon Sacks as its next board chair.

An internationally-recognized leader within education for blind and visually impaired children, Dr. Sacks brings her own brand of energy, expectations and ambition to her new role.

Dr. Sacks is blind and follows Architect Chris Downey, and scientist Dr.…

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