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Catherine in an art studio surrounded by her paining and hugging her guide dog, Andrea

LightHouse Student and Distinguished Blind Artist Catherine Chong, Showcases Her Tactile Painting at Palo Alto Art Center

The Palo Alto Art Center premiered their new exhibit, The Art of Disability Culture, on Saturday September 11. Among the beautiful works of art, the splashes of color, rich textures, and intricate sculptures, you’ll find multi-media tactile paintings by blind artist Catherine Chong.

After a retinal detachment and failed surgeries to repair the damage to…

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Tactile and Braille map of Battery Alexander Park

MAD Lab Creates Accessible Maps for Local Parks

LightHouse provides business and government accessibility services to those who have low vision, are blind or Deaf-blind. One way we do this this is by partnering with other organizations and city and county-wide task forces on projects and programs across the Bay Area to promote accessibility. LightHouse’s Media and Accessible Design Laboratory (MAD Lab)…

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The AstroAccess logo, a white rocket inside of a blue triangle. It looks like a stylized letter A. In the logo, braille spells out FAA

Learn About Accessibility in Zero Gravity at Our White Cane Day Event, 10/15

Please join the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired virtually this Friday, October 15 for a White Cane Day Event, “Will There Be Space for White Canes in Space?

LightHouse partnered with SciAccess Initiative for the launch of a new program, Mission: AstroAccess which will take a group of 12 cross-disability ambassadors on a series of…

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A digitally animated drawing of a blind Japanese woman walking in an open landscape from the film Flight Paths

Watch the best in Films on Disability at Virtual Superfest Disability Film Festival 10/15 to 10/17

This weekend, October 15 through 17, is the annual Superfest Disability Film Festival. Superfest is the longest running disability film festival in the world. It has run since 1970 and showcases the best in short and feature-length films starring people with disabilities in front or behind the camera—or both. This year’s festival will be virtual.…

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George Freeman works with students at a personal safety workshop

LightHouse Staffer Katt Jones on Developing “Your Personal Safety” Workshops. Final workshop is October 16

This summer LightHouse partnered up with a personal safety instructor from Savannah, Georgia, George Freeman, to bring the LightHouse community and their families specially designed virtual accessible workshops called Your Personal Safety: Getting Back to Normal. The final workshop will be held Saturday, October 16.

LightHouse Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialist, Katt Jones, was a…

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Take 10% off all Canes and Cane Accessories for White Cane Awareness Month

It’s October, and you all know what that means… White Cane Awareness Month! To celebrate this monumental month of blindness awareness, pride, advocacy and independence, LightHouse’s blindness product store Adaptations offers the annual 10% off White Cane Sale for the entire month of October. Need a new cane? Perhaps you’re looking for a backup cane for…

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Blind employees work on the assembly line at LightHouse Sirkin Center in Alameda

LightHouse for the Blind Wins Top Environmental Award

We are so proud and honored to announce that LightHouse Sirkin Center, our social enterprise dedicated to furthering the employment opportunities for people who are blind or have low vision, has been recently named one of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safer Choice Partners of the Year for 2021.
 
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Cropped diagram of the Pentagon layout showing corridors, rings, and impact damage area.

Touching The News: Where was the Pentagon hit on 9/11?

Title: Pentagon 9/11 Layout

Note: For this week you chose the location of the different branches of the military in the Pentagon. We found it very difficult to find a verifiable graphic of that. We have found for you this week a graphic showing the impact of Flight 77.

Image Description: Illustration of the Pentagon with…

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Michelle carries a bag she hand painted which is a Frida Kahlo portrait with flowers in her hair and a hummingbird in the upper right corner

Meet Michelle Knapik: Our New CFO

Last month Michelle Knapik joined the team at LightHouse as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer. She comes with an enormous depth of experience in nonprofit management. She kindly took time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions about her love of finance and her interesting route that led her to the LightHouse.
 
How…

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Cropped diagram of planetary and asteroid orbits with braille labels.

Touching The News: How close to the sun is the newly-discovered asteroid with the fastest orbit in our solar system?

Title: PH27 Fastest Orbiting Asteroid in Our Solar System

Description: Diagram of planetary and asteroid orbits around the sun. Three solid-line, concentric circles represent the planetary orbits, with a label for each.  A dotted-line ellipse represents the orbit of asteroid 2021 PH27, intersecting with Mercury's and Venus's paths. Small, open circles represent the planets along…

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