LightHouse will be closed from Thursday, December 21, 2023 through Tuesday, January 2, 2024 for the Winter Holiday break.

Apr 24

LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

(All day)
Apr 23

Photo caption: Sealed bottles of vaccines lines up in a row

LightHouse for the Blind Headquarters open for first vaccines on Fridays April 2-May 7

You can register by phone to have your vaccination injection at the LightHouse location. It will be open each Friday for six weeks starting on April 2nd, for many of you we know this will be welcome news as you have visited us many times and the space will be familiar to you. For those new to the LightHouse, we aim to make this experience as smooth and seamless as we possibly can.

To register to attend the LightHouse vaccination clinic at 1155 Market Street, you will first need to make an appointment by calling 628-652-2700

On that call you will be able to make your first and second appointment for the vaccination at the LightHouse site.

When you call this number, you will be asked for some basic personal information and will be given an appointment time.

This line is open and staffed from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Voicemail messages can be left for call back outside of these hours.

This line is available to speakers of both Spanish and English.

Other language interpreters are available once you leave a voicemail requesting a call back.

Please note: if you have not registered using this method, you will not be able to get the vaccine at this site.

Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 2021

Address: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – San Francisco headquarters, 1155 Market Street, 10th floor, San Francisco CA 94102

Getting to Your Appointment

The LightHouse Headquarters is located on 1155 Market Street between 7th and 8th streets.

The closest public transit is Civic Center Bart station and the most efficient exit is it the civic center/United Nations Plaza  exit

The closest bus stops are Jones and 6th and Orpheum Theater. People using Rideshare apps can ask to be dropped on the Eastern corner of 7th and Market.

LightHouse will have volunteers available to meet people outside of 1155 Market Street. They will then guide you to the lobby where your information will be checked. All volunteers will practice social distancing and will be wearing masks.

You will then be directed to the elevator where the number for the 10th floor will be pressed for you so touching of elevator controls can be limited to help keep everybody safe.

Surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected (with Safer Choice products made and sold by the LightHouse).

The number of people who can ride an elevator at the same time will be restricted to a designated number by the site manager.

Once on the 10th floor, another group of friendly volunteers will show you where to wait for your vaccination.

After your injection, you will wait for 15 minutes before being shown back to the lobby and out of the building. Volunteers will be available to help locate Ride Shares if required.

The LightHouse is proud to be able to offer our headquarters as a central, easy, and welcoming location for our extended community to vaccinate.

Employment Immersion April Virtual Workshop

Employment Immersion April Virtual Workshop

Apr 23

April's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from April 5 through 30.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact the team through email:

Home Accessibility Assessment Workshop

Home Accessibility Assessment Workshop

Apr 23

You’re spending more time at home than ever before, so why not learn how to make your home environment more accessible? LightHouse’s Rehabilitation Department presents a 2-day Home Accessibility Workshop for adults who want to improve the safety and overall accessibility of their home.

Join Orientation & Mobility Specialists Sarah McIntyre and Jennifer Huey for a 2-part Zoom workshop on home accessibility. Learn how to make a room-by-room assessment of your home, identify possible safety hazards, and brainstorm possible solutions that you can implement to increase the overall safety and accessibility of your home.

This workshop is open to adult residents of San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, West Contra Costa, and East Marin Counties who are non-DOR consumers. If you’re a consumer of DOR and would like to attend, contact Sarah McIntyre for more details. This workshop will use the Zoom platform; participants with access to a telephone are welcome to join by calling in.

Dates: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. and Friday, April 23, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. PST.

Participants are required to register for both dates. Contact Sarah McIntyre to register:

Registration deadline is Friday, April 16 by 5:00 p.m. PST.

Stanford University presents TMAP with Dr. Joshua Miele

Stanford University presents TMAP with Dr. Joshua Miele

Apr 23

On the afternoon of the 5th anniversary of the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University, please join us for a talk by special guest Dr. Joshua Miele who will talk about his story as a blind cartographer.

Joshua will use the creation of TMAP – Tactile Maps Automated Production – to frame the broader landscape of how tactile maps and graphics can be used by blind people to understand many kinds of spatial information. He will discuss the power of touch as a spatial precept, as well as the design constraints on tactile representations that are surprising and challenging to most visual designers. Key topics include historical techniques for creating tactile maps, examples and counterexamples of tactile map use cases, and promising technologies for expanding the availability of accessible maps in the future.

When: Friday April 23, 2021, 3:00 p.m. PST

Where: Zoom

RSVP: Please register using this form

Real-time captioning will be provided for this event. If you need any other disability-related accommodation, please contact the David Rumsey Map Center by emailing Requests should be made by April 16.

Una Tarde con Jorge Ellington - an evening with Jorge Ellington

Una Tarde con Jorge Ellington - an evening with Jorge Ellington

Apr 23

Una Tarde con Jorge Ellington (An Evenig with Jorge Ellington)

Cuándo: Abril 23 2021, de 4-00 – 5-30 PM

Dónde: por Zoom. Pueden usar su teléfono, computadora, o tableta para unirse.

Acompañennos para una tarde de motivación y Música con Jorge Ellington! Jorge, originalmente de Panamá, ha sido estudiante y voluntario a de LightHouse desde el 2016, pero su carrera como músico empezó mucho antes. Jorge ha sido cantante y Procusionista de su banda, Esencia Latin Jazz Ensemble desde el 1978. Vengan a conversar y escuchar su historia, y tal vez también unas canciones. Si quieren escuchar un poco de su banda:

Con preguntas o para registrarse, contacten ah

Esmerlanda Soto a o 415-694-7323

*Por favor de registrarse antes de las 12 de la tarde el jueves 22 de abril.*

When: April 23 2021, from 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Where: Via Zoom. You can use your computer, tablet, or phone to join.

Join us for an evening of music and motivation with Jorge Ellington! Originally from Panama, Jorge has been both a LightHouse student and volunteer since 2016, but his career as a musician began much earlier. Jorge has been the lead singer and hand percussionist for his band, Esencia: Latin Jazz Ensemble since 1978. Come listen to his story, and maybe even some songs! You can check out one of Jorge’s performances on Youtube here:

To ask questions or RSVP, please contact Esmeralda Soto at or 415: 694-7323

*Please RSVP by 12:00 noon Thursday the 22nd.*

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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