Calendar

LightHouse will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.

The week's events

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Jun 16
Jun 17
Jun 18(1 event)

10:30 am: The Language of Listening (online)


Jun 18

The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, return to school or work, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

Student Criteria:

Students interested in this course can be of any skill level and fall anywhere on the spectrum of blindness. They should be comfortable learning in a group setting, willing to actively participate in classes, able to commit to attend all six (6) sessions in there entirety, be able to access the Zoom platform, and be able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones.

Course Materials: A pair of over the ear headphones with a microphone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be more prepared to transition from utilizing visual input to using auditory input text to speech
  • Students will understand the clues about documents provided by text to speech.
  • Students will learn to analyze their environment, identify sounds, and determine how to best use the auditory information they are receiving in order to problem solve and complete various tasks of daily living

Students will be provided with a foundation of interpreting audio cues when traveling indoors and outdoors

Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 11 - Welcome & Course Overview This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, and introduction to auditory skills, the completion of a pre-test, and time for questions.
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 13 - A Deep Dive into “Thinking in Sound”
    The goal of this session is to introduce common examples of how to utilize auditory cues. Students will begin by identifying the type of learner they are and how to supplement that with auditory input. Tips for reading comprehension and interpersonal communication will also be covered.
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 18 - Around the House
    This session will focus on the application of auditory skills within the area of independent living. Cooking, note-taking, object location-identification, and labeling are some of the skill areas that will be covered.
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 20 - Voices, Tones, and Beeps! Oh My
    This session will introduce students to the audio information provided by various forms of mainstream and access technology. Students will be exposed to various types of voices and indication sounds. They will learn how to determine what the certain indicators mean and which voice characteristics are most appropriate for various tasks.
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 25 - Out & About
    An O&M Specialist will join this session to discuss the intersection of orientation and mobility skills with auditory skills. Students will be provided with relevant examples and guided through the process of siphoning out the most useful auditory information amongst the plethora of noise in outside and unfamiliar environments.
  • Session 6: Thursday, June 27 - Putting It All Together
    This session will include time for final questions, a discussion about the process of transitioning to the usage of more auditory input, and a discussion of how t determine when it may be appropriate to use vision as well(this is known as the “Use Your Vision When it is F.U.N.,” technique). Students will also complete the post-test during this session.

    RSVP to Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by June 4.

Jun 19(1 event)

(All day): Juneteenth Holiday (LightHouse closed)

(All day)
Jun 19

Jun 20(2 events)

9:30 am: Little Learners Playgroup (online)


Jun 20

Bring your giggles and wiggles to Little Learners weekly Zoom Playgroup, Thursdays from 9:30am - 10:15am. Enjoy fun activities with your little one, ages 0-6, while learning strategies to support your child's visual, sensory, motor and concept development. Connect with other families who understand and share your experience raising a child who is blind, has low vision, or Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Weekly activities are designed to be accessible for all, and to build upon monthly themes that you can integrate into your family routines. All are welcome!

For more information or to register, please email Jacqueline Barden at littlelearners@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7657. Meet you in the Zoom Room!

10:30 am: The Language of Listening (online)


Jun 20

The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, return to school or work, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

Student Criteria:

Students interested in this course can be of any skill level and fall anywhere on the spectrum of blindness. They should be comfortable learning in a group setting, willing to actively participate in classes, able to commit to attend all six (6) sessions in there entirety, be able to access the Zoom platform, and be able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones.

Course Materials: A pair of over the ear headphones with a microphone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be more prepared to transition from utilizing visual input to using auditory input text to speech
  • Students will understand the clues about documents provided by text to speech.
  • Students will learn to analyze their environment, identify sounds, and determine how to best use the auditory information they are receiving in order to problem solve and complete various tasks of daily living

Students will be provided with a foundation of interpreting audio cues when traveling indoors and outdoors

Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 11 - Welcome & Course Overview This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, and introduction to auditory skills, the completion of a pre-test, and time for questions.
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 13 - A Deep Dive into “Thinking in Sound”
    The goal of this session is to introduce common examples of how to utilize auditory cues. Students will begin by identifying the type of learner they are and how to supplement that with auditory input. Tips for reading comprehension and interpersonal communication will also be covered.
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 18 - Around the House
    This session will focus on the application of auditory skills within the area of independent living. Cooking, note-taking, object location-identification, and labeling are some of the skill areas that will be covered.
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 20 - Voices, Tones, and Beeps! Oh My
    This session will introduce students to the audio information provided by various forms of mainstream and access technology. Students will be exposed to various types of voices and indication sounds. They will learn how to determine what the certain indicators mean and which voice characteristics are most appropriate for various tasks.
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 25 - Out & About
    An O&M Specialist will join this session to discuss the intersection of orientation and mobility skills with auditory skills. Students will be provided with relevant examples and guided through the process of siphoning out the most useful auditory information amongst the plethora of noise in outside and unfamiliar environments.
  • Session 6: Thursday, June 27 - Putting It All Together
    This session will include time for final questions, a discussion about the process of transitioning to the usage of more auditory input, and a discussion of how t determine when it may be appropriate to use vision as well(this is known as the “Use Your Vision When it is F.U.N.,” technique). Students will also complete the post-test during this session.

    RSVP to Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by June 4.

Jun 21(1 event)

10:00 am: Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


Jun 21

Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older.

Interested in learning more about using Al apps on your iPhone or Android?

The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing Al App on iPhone and Android.

Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

    • Read mail
    • Read a bill
    • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
    • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
    • Identify what currency you are handing a cashierCathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you such as mail, a can of food etc.

Where: Earle Baum Center  at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3.

Prerequisites:

  • Have Seeing Al app downloaded on iPhone or Android.
  • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users.
  • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center.

RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Jun 22

The events for the upcoming week are read aloud on our event hotline every Friday, which can be accessed by calling 415-694-7325. For more information about visiting the Adaptations Store, head to our shop page.

The LightHouse is scent-free. Please abstain from wearing colognes, perfumes, or other scented products. Additionally, coffee must be securely lidded at all times and citrus should not be peeled on the premises. Thanks for supporting our efforts to respect chemical sensitivities!

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