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

Reflections from the YES Academy Class of 2019

Each year, LightHouse offers an intensive summer program for youth ages 16-24, which includes time spent away from home. The Youth Employment Series (YES) Academy is a four-week immersive experience held at LightHouse Headquarters in San Francisco to gain first-hand knowledge about building confidence, being a “team player,” identifying strengths and interests, and finding…

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Holman Prizewinner Conchita Hernandez and the staff of METAS stand with schoolchildren

A Blindness Conference in Mexico Becomes a Catalyst for Change

From July 26-28, 2019, Holman Prizewinner Conchita Hernandez convened the first-ever blindness conference in Mexico led by blind people for blind kids and their families.

Conchita convened a team of fellow blindness professionals to host the conference she called Cambiando Vidas, or “Changing Lives.”

Held in Guadalajara, the Cambiando Vidas conference included breakout sessions on a…

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Announcing the 2019 Holman Prizewinners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Francisco, CA, Thursday, July 11
All inquiries and interview requests to: press@lighthouse-sf.org.
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Holman Prizewinners will each use their $25,000 awards to promote blind empowerment by building a tool for blind people to find exoplanets, taking a plunge into public transit in six cities around the world…

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YES Academy student stands over salads made by students for the dinner

A YES Summer student reflects on their first week

The following is a reflection from Amber, a YES Student from LightHouse’s Summer Academy. For more information about YES’ Summer Academy, check out our round-up and photos from last year.

In my short time of being at the LightHouse, I have had an exceptional time with many different learning experiences including work/living skills and also…

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Red stands triumphantly at the top of Am Buachaille, overlooking the vast expanse of ocean and land. Photo by Keith Partridge.

Blind Adventurer Successfully Completes Extreme Triathlon

On June 22, Blind adventurer Red Szell, age 49, successfully completed an extreme triathlon which included a 10-mile off-road tandem ride through bogland, an ocean swim and a 213-foot climb up Scotland’s most dramatic oceanic rock formation, Am Buachaille, in 12 hours. 

More than just a triathlon, Red documented the whole endeavor, working closely with…

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Murphy stands outdoors at night, surrounded by New York City lights, beside her guide dog, Pretzel.

“In The Dark”: Is This New Show Cutting Edge, Or Are We In The Dark?

This spring, the CW network launched a show titled “In The Dark” which focuses on a woman named Murphy who is blind. She has lived a rough life and made many questionable choices. Murphy’s life has narrowed down to a job she hates at a guide dog school her parents created for her, two…

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A group of girls at Family Camp lean up against each other under the shade of the pool house while hanging out with their counselor, Annalisa.

A LightHouse Staffer on Re-Visioning Enchanted Hills Camp

LightHouse staffer Erin Horne reflects on Enchanted Hills’ legacy and provides an update from camp.
Over the past couple of years, much of the West Coast has been ravaged by wildfires. Many have lost their lives or their livelihoods. Unfortunately, our beloved Enchanted Hills Camp did not escape the flames. But since the fires, the…

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A shot of the shoes and tip of the cane of a person standing at a crosswalk, using a white cane.

Holman Prizewinner launches website to connect blind travelers

On June 3, 2019, Holman Prizewinner Stacy Cervenka launched the Blind Travelers’ Network, an online platform to connect blind and visually impaired people with information and resources for non-visual accessibility in countries around the world. The platform hosts blog posts, reviews, discussion boards and event listings to help users expand their horizons, leave their…

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