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LightHouse Eye Clinic Returns

We’re pleased to announce the reopening of the LightHouse Eye Clinic at our 1155 Market Street San Francisco headquarters. LightHouse, in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry will offer general eye exams and low vision exams. The clinical staff include Dr. Crystal Wen, a graduate from the UC Berkeley School…

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Tactile map of Antarctica with Longitude lines and braille labels.

How big was that iceberg that broke off Antarctica in February?

Tactile map 1: Antarctica Map
Description: Map of Antarctica with scale lines, showing longitude lines, Antarctic Circle line, and location of Halley VI Research Station.
Tactile map 2: A-74 Iceberg Map
Description: Detail map of Antarctica showing A-74 Iceberg location, with scale lines, lat/long lines, location of Halley VI Research Station, and labels for Weddell Sea and…

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Detail map of route through Suez Canal and route around Africa.

Suez Canal Maps: Where was the Ever Given stuck and what is the main alternative route?

Tactile map 1: Alternative route for shipping while Suez Canal blocked
Description: Tactile map of shipping route using Suez Canal and route around Cape of Good Hope. Routes connect Rotterdam, Netherlands to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Additional information not on tactile graphic:

Using Suez Canal: 10,000 nautical miles, 18,520 km, 25.5 days (avg speed)
Around Cape of…

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Flattening the curve graph, two curves increasing and decreasing along x-axis, with braille labels.

What does Flattening the Curve look like?

Title: Flattening the Curve.

Description: Graph with three lines, x-axis label: Time since first case, y-axis label: Daily number of cases. The first line is a tall curve labeled Cases without protective measures, starts at the origin with its peak high on the y-axis. The second line is a short curve labeled Cases with protective…

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Access Technology director Erin Lauridsen standing outside LightHouse headquarters with her guide dog Kendall

Has your company made plans for Global Accessibility Awareness Day?

Save yourself some stress and some money and Learn about real-world accessibility with the LightHouse – San Francisco
Did you know Thursday, May 20, 2021, is Global Accessibility Awareness Day? Would you like to learn how building accessibility into your products and services from the ground up can save you thousands and help grow your…

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The cover of the LightHouse 2020 Annual Report. LightHouse employees on Zoom hold up pieces of paper spelling out “Thank You” in English, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Polish, Russian, French, and Braille. Staffer Sook Hee Choi signs “Thank You” in American Sign Language

The LightHouse 2020 LightHouse Annual Report is Here

2020 was a highly unusual year for everyone around the world. Despite such unprecedented circumstances, we are proud to present the 2020 Annual Report, documenting how LightHouse supported the blind community through a global pandemic in new and innovative ways.

In 2020 we were proud to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Enchanted Hills Camp, and…

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A Zoom image of Chris rowing with the English Channel as a virtual background

Did Chris Downey make it across the English Channel?

Last Saturday, April 17, LightHouse held its annual Cycle for Sight fundraiser for Enchanted Hills Camp (EHC). After cancelling Cycle for Sight in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were thrilled to bring the event back, this year in a virtual format.

Participants first gathered Saturday morning on Zoom for an opening ceremony, before…

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The SFMTA Safety—It’s Your Turn graphic in English, Spanish and Chinese

Participants Get the Feel of Streets of San Francisco at SFMTA Sponsored Workshop

On April 8, LightHouse, in partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), held a second Tactile Intersections Workshop to promote the citywide campaign Safety—It’s Your Turn. The campaign is designed to encourage safer driving around left turns. Individuals who are blind or have low vision who live or work in San Francisco…

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A tactile map with braille of the shipping route using the Suez Canal and an alternate route around Cape of Good Hope

LightHouse Introduces “Touching the News”

Have you ever been reading a news item or watching it on TV, and thought to yourself: “I wonder what that picture is?” Ever witnessed a meme on social media go viral and want to get your hands on it to really understand what it is? As people who are blind or have low…

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Caitlin O'Malior

LightHouse Staff Shares Her Experience Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine at LightHouse

As I hopped out of my Lyft at 7th and Market Street and turned the corner toward the LightHouse headquarters in San Francisco, I was hit with a wave of nostalgia. It had been months, nearly a year since I’d last entered this building. As I reached for the door handle of the front…

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