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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 10th Floor Reception looking west with Stair in Background.

LightHouse Offices Closed for In-Person Services Through January 4, 2021

Dear LightHouse students, supporters, partners and friends,

As you now know, COVID-19 has changed so much for all of us, and it continues to be an unprecedented threat. This is especially true for some members of the blind community.

LightHouse for the Blind and its committed staff are continuing to provide essential resources and support for…

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Time to Celebrate: Missed Our Panel on Accessible Voting? Now’s Your Chance to Watch

Voting during a pandemic is on everyone’s mind as some are registering to vote while others have begun receiving their ballots. Blind people have the added concern of getting information and being able to vote in an accessible format.

To that end, on October 2, we held a panel all about accessible voting to address…

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White Cane Day October 15: A Day of Celebration at LightHouse

LightHouse has a lot to celebrate this Thursday, October 15 which is White Cane Day. This is a day to recognize the presence, equality and achievements of people who are blind or have low vision. In 1964, a joint resolution by the United States Congress was signed into law. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed…

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Sheri Albers Invites You to Our Virtual Living Room, October 28

Outreach Coordinator Sheri Albers knew that students weren’t getting the same opportunity to talk with staff about LightHouse programs as they did before shelter in place. So, she’s come up with a new monthly program where she invites the LightHouse community to join her on Zoom to talk about the classes and services we…

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Remote Learning Helps Braille Instructor Divina Carlson Reach More Students than Ever

In a world that has grown more and more digital, things like braille and tactile literacy may seem less and less prevalent, but for Divina Carlson, LightHouse braille Instructor, it’s just the opposite.

LightHouse has had the pleasure of calling Divina a “member of the family” for 27 years. After immigrating from The Philippines in…

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Charles Umo

Meet Charles Umo: Our first staff blind scientist

By Lee Kumutat

Dr. Charles Umo starts his day at 3 a.m. in order to be at LightHouse Industries (LHI) to begin his shift at 6:30. This is a new commute for him as he has only very recently joined the LHI team.

Charles’ path to the LightHouse began with yogurt, yes you read that correctly,…

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Nai outdoors holding their white cane.

LightHouse Staffer Nai Damato tells how a gift and passion for languages led them to become an interpreter for people who are DeafBlind

I was born three months premature in Soviet Russia. I was adopted at age three to a multilingual and musical family in Washington, DC. This environment allowed me to develop a strong ear; I began playing music at age six and had eight languages under my belt by age 18. I spent my weekends…

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Reflections from the 2020 YES Academy

Despite the many changes to LightHouse programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Youth Programs team rose to the challenge of adapting the Summer Youth Employment Series (YES) Academy to go ahead online. This summer, our YES students participated in a five-week virtual academy filled with engaging, interactive activities to help them…

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Caitlin sitting at a desk with a computer and holding a smartphone.

A personal take on Tech Together Online

We live in a highly technical world, especially lately as many schools, programs, and companies have converted their services to an online platform. For people who are blind or have low vision, some of these new virtual experiences are less accessible, making certain day to day activities more difficult. It can feel overwhelming trying…

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Get Your Cupful of Cardio Weekdays with LightHouse

Since the pandemic began, we’ve all had to make adjustments as our normal routines were turned on their heads. It’s not just work and school that have changed, but our fitness routines as well, since gyms are closed as well as some hiking trails and parks.

Many virtual fitness classes have popped up over the…

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A composite of the ADA logo of a person walking with a white cane and the LightHouse logo.

Listen to our Panel on the future of the Americans with Disabilities Act

If you missed it, do not fear. The panel we hosted on the Future of the Americans with Disabilities Act is up on our YouTube channel.

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Justice Shorter

Disaster Protection Advisor National Disability Rights Network – Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities While earning her MA in Sustainable Development: International Policy & Management,…

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