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Events in September 2022

  • Introduction to AT Session 2 (online)

    Introduction to AT Session 2 (online)


    Sep 1

    An 8 week course that introduces access technology concepts, terminology, and options on smartphones and computers in a group setting. The goal for this group introductory course is to help students not only learn about the basics of access technology but to also learn alongside a community. With our knowledgeable and patient AT instructors, we hope to provide a solid foundation for people who are completely new to access technology or who want to solidify their understanding of what access technology is and can do to empower them.

    Disclaimer: Session 2 has been fully booked already. If you are interested in joining Session 3, which will start in October, you may email jko@lighthouse-sf.org to be added to the email campaign and put on wait list.

    Tecnología para Todos (en línea)

    Tecnología para Todos (en línea)


    Sep 1

    Join the LightHouse’s monthly access Technology Spanish meeting. Tecnología para todos is a space where users share their knowledge and experience. Each month, we talk about services, applications and devices available for blind and low vision users.

    This event will be conducted using the Zoom platform. You can connect to Zoom using a computer, an app, or by dialing in from any phone. Zoom meeting details will be provided when you RSVP by email to: jcolon@lighthouse-sf.org or by calling 415-694-7323.

  • Introduction to AT Session 2 (online)

    Introduction to AT Session 2 (online)


    Sep 8

    An 8 week course that introduces access technology concepts, terminology, and options on smartphones and computers in a group setting. The goal for this group introductory course is to help students not only learn about the basics of access technology but to also learn alongside a community. With our knowledgeable and patient AT instructors, we hope to provide a solid foundation for people who are completely new to access technology or who want to solidify their understanding of what access technology is and can do to empower them.

    Disclaimer: Session 2 has been fully booked already. If you are interested in joining Session 3, which will start in October, you may email jko@lighthouse-sf.org to be added to the email campaign and put on wait list.

  • BART 50th Anniversary Celebration (in-person)

    BART 50th Anniversary Celebration (in-person)


    Sep 10

    On September 10, BART will host a 50th Birthday Party and Family Fun Festival at Lake Merritt Station Plaza. The festival will feature food trucks, live music, games, photo booths, and more. Special guests will join BART to deliver remarks and open a time capsule buried in 1992. In celebration of BART’s upcoming 50th anniversary on September 11, BART is offering a 50% discount for the entire month of September 2022.

    Read more about the BART 50th Birthday Party.

    LightHouse will have a table to promote BART tactile maps produced by the MAD Lab

  • Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together (online)

    Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together (online)


    Sep 12

    The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.

    Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients of all ages being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a virtual six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments.

    The virtual course is divided into six lessons over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory lesson with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour lessons which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists.

    It is a comprehensive skills training distance course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the virtual six-session course, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Thereafter, participants can be eligible for individualized Low Vision Therapy lessons.

    The classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing, best viewed on a tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options) at the following dates and times (Pacific Standard Time):

    Week 1: Monday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 14 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 2: September 19 and Wednesday, September 21 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 3: September 26 and Wednesday, September 28 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    If you are not with the California Department of Rehabilitation, and if you are age 55 and older, living in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity, there may be partial scholarship funding for training and course materials. For adults working with the California Department of Rehabilitation, please contact your Rehabilitation Counselor directly to discuss participation and referral.

    Please RSVP by Monday, August 29 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, September 12. To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Certified Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org. The class is limited to ten students; once the class limit is reached, or for referrals received after August 29, 2022, students may be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (date TBA).

     

  • Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together (online)

    Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together (online)


    Sep 14

    The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.

    Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients of all ages being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a virtual six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments.

    The virtual course is divided into six lessons over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory lesson with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour lessons which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists.

    It is a comprehensive skills training distance course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the virtual six-session course, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Thereafter, participants can be eligible for individualized Low Vision Therapy lessons.

    The classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing, best viewed on a tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options) at the following dates and times (Pacific Standard Time):

    Week 1: Monday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 14 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 2: September 19 and Wednesday, September 21 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 3: September 26 and Wednesday, September 28 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    If you are not with the California Department of Rehabilitation, and if you are age 55 and older, living in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity, there may be partial scholarship funding for training and course materials. For adults working with the California Department of Rehabilitation, please contact your Rehabilitation Counselor directly to discuss participation and referral.

    Please RSVP by Monday, August 29 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, September 12. To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Certified Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org. The class is limited to ten students; once the class limit is reached, or for referrals received after August 29, 2022, students may be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (date TBA).

     

  • Introduction to AT Session 2 (online)

    Introduction to AT Session 2 (online)


    Sep 15

    An 8 week course that introduces access technology concepts, terminology, and options on smartphones and computers in a group setting. The goal for this group introductory course is to help students not only learn about the basics of access technology but to also learn alongside a community. With our knowledgeable and patient AT instructors, we hope to provide a solid foundation for people who are completely new to access technology or who want to solidify their understanding of what access technology is and can do to empower them.

    Disclaimer: Session 2 has been fully booked already. If you are interested in joining Session 3, which will start in October, you may email jko@lighthouse-sf.org to be added to the email campaign and put on wait list.

    Tecnología para Todos (en línea)

    Tecnología para Todos (en línea)


    Sep 15

    Join the LightHouse’s monthly access Technology Spanish meeting. Tecnología para todos is a space where users share their knowledge and experience. Each month, we talk about services, applications and devices available for blind and low vision users.

    This event will be conducted using the Zoom platform. You can connect to Zoom using a computer, an app, or by dialing in from any phone. Zoom meeting details will be provided when you RSVP by email to: jcolon@lighthouse-sf.org or by calling 415-694-7323.

    Building a Partnership (online)

    Building a Partnership (online)


    Sep 15

    Do you love someone who is blind or has low vision? Curious about tools they can use to get around, cook, meet their needs, and live independently? Wondering what services exist to support them? LightHouse for the Blind would like to invite you to “Building a Partnership.” In this seminar we will discuss the many ways you can support your loved one throughout their blindness journey.

    Who is this seminar for?

    • Anybody who is in a close relationship with a current LightHouse student over the age of 18. Close relationships include partners, children, parents, siblings and friends.
    • People comfortable learning in a group setting
    • People willing to actively participate in the seminar
    • Those who can commit to attend the seminar in full
    • Anybody who can access the Zoom platform

    What Will You Do?

    • Learn about LightHouse’s history, mission and clientele
    • Establish appropriate expectations about your loved one’s abilities
    • Learn how positively adjusting expectations can impact your partnership
    • Learn about what your loved one, service providers, and yourself can take responsibility for along the student’s journey of learning
    • Understand the various training areas within blindness services (orientation and mobility, access technology, independent living skills, Braille, etc.)
    • Meet other people who love a person who is blind or has low vision
    • Share your story of supporting your loved one
    • Ask questions about blindness, LightHouse services, and any other related topics
    • Walk away with a list of resources

    RSVP to Debbie Bacon at DBacon@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7357.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Changing Vision, Changing Life (in-person)

    Changing Vision, Changing Life (in-person)

    (All day)
    Sep 19 Sep 23

    First In-Person Changing Vision Changing Life at San Francisco Lighthouse in three years, join us and learn.

    Changing Vision Changing Life (CVCL) is an immersive learning experience, where you, the student who is new to a change in vision, can experience and learn more about what you can do now, moving forward toward the independence you want. 

    For one week, up to nine students will live in the LightHouse Student Residences in San Francisco and will have the perfect opportunity for meeting peers with shared experiences and teaching staff who have both personal and/or professional experience to start you on your journey.

    The goal of immersion training is to provide you with a foundation of techniques, strategies, and tools to experience during the week and take home and practice.  Areas of training during the week include:

    • Orientation and Mobility (Discussion of Safe Travel, tools and beginning techniques)
    • Independent Living Skills (Organization, tactile labeling, prep cooking skills, and more)
    • Access Technology (Discussion and demonstration of adaptive tools, software, hardware and other devices that assist in independent communication, personal and home management)
    • Facilitated discussion groups that explore challenges, changes, resources and opportunity

    Who is Eligible to Participate? 

    This first in-person immersion week is specifically for low vision or blind persons 55 and older living in the following counties:  San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity.

    Individuals interested in this learning opportunity are expected to actively participate for the five days/four nights and must be able to provide self-care (bathing, medication, dressing, maintain their own living space).

    Because this training is focused on independent learning, family members/caregivers are not able attend.

    There is no charge for the week-long training, all interested persons must complete an Intake with our LightHouse Rehabilitation Counselor.

    Additionally, there are Covid-19 Requirements listed below.  We currently have six (6) available training slots for this training week.

    When is the training: Monday, September 19, 9:00 am (arrival) through Friday September 23, 2:00pm (departure)

    Where is the training:  San Francisco Lighthouse Student Residence & training, 1155 Market Street, 11th Floor

    Time:  Each day classes are scheduled from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM with a break for lunch and an evening discussion after dinner.

    Accommodations: Students will have their own rooms in our secured residence.   Bathroom facilities are shared ‘B&B Style’ (located near the rooms) with fully accessible showers.

    Meals:  Continental Breakfast, light lunch and dinner are provided – Vegetarian option is provided if noted upon Intake.

    Transportation: While there is no transportation to and from San Francisco, the LightHouse is located above the Civic Center BART and easily accessed by Lyft/Uber/Taxi and Paratransit

    COVD19 Requirements for in person attendance

    1. All Students must have completed all current COVD19 Vaccine/Booster and provide proof upon Intake.
    2. Students must provide a Negative Test result for COVD19  24 hours prior to Monday, September 19, 2022
    3. Students and staff will be required to wear masks in all public areas of the San Francisco Lighthouse

    Who do I contact if I am interested in attending?

    Debbie Bacon, Rehabilitation Counselor

    dbacon@lighthouse-sf.org 

    Phone:  Desk Voicemail:  530-400-0355

    *Please leave your full name, phone/email, and a time of day you can be reached. 

    Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together (online)

    Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together (online)


    Sep 19

    The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.

    Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients of all ages being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a virtual six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments.

    The virtual course is divided into six lessons over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory lesson with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour lessons which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists.

    It is a comprehensive skills training distance course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the virtual six-session course, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Thereafter, participants can be eligible for individualized Low Vision Therapy lessons.

    The classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing, best viewed on a tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options) at the following dates and times (Pacific Standard Time):

    Week 1: Monday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 14 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 2: September 19 and Wednesday, September 21 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 3: September 26 and Wednesday, September 28 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    If you are not with the California Department of Rehabilitation, and if you are age 55 and older, living in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity, there may be partial scholarship funding for training and course materials. For adults working with the California Department of Rehabilitation, please contact your Rehabilitation Counselor directly to discuss participation and referral.

    Please RSVP by Monday, August 29 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, September 12. To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Certified Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org. The class is limited to ten students; once the class limit is reached, or for referrals received after August 29, 2022, students may be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (date TBA).

     

  • Changing Vision, Changing Life (in-person)

    Changing Vision, Changing Life (in-person)

    (All day)
    Sep 19 Sep 23

    First In-Person Changing Vision Changing Life at San Francisco Lighthouse in three years, join us and learn.

    Changing Vision Changing Life (CVCL) is an immersive learning experience, where you, the student who is new to a change in vision, can experience and learn more about what you can do now, moving forward toward the independence you want. 

    For one week, up to nine students will live in the LightHouse Student Residences in San Francisco and will have the perfect opportunity for meeting peers with shared experiences and teaching staff who have both personal and/or professional experience to start you on your journey.

    The goal of immersion training is to provide you with a foundation of techniques, strategies, and tools to experience during the week and take home and practice.  Areas of training during the week include:

    • Orientation and Mobility (Discussion of Safe Travel, tools and beginning techniques)
    • Independent Living Skills (Organization, tactile labeling, prep cooking skills, and more)
    • Access Technology (Discussion and demonstration of adaptive tools, software, hardware and other devices that assist in independent communication, personal and home management)
    • Facilitated discussion groups that explore challenges, changes, resources and opportunity

    Who is Eligible to Participate? 

    This first in-person immersion week is specifically for low vision or blind persons 55 and older living in the following counties:  San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity.

    Individuals interested in this learning opportunity are expected to actively participate for the five days/four nights and must be able to provide self-care (bathing, medication, dressing, maintain their own living space).

    Because this training is focused on independent learning, family members/caregivers are not able attend.

    There is no charge for the week-long training, all interested persons must complete an Intake with our LightHouse Rehabilitation Counselor.

    Additionally, there are Covid-19 Requirements listed below.  We currently have six (6) available training slots for this training week.

    When is the training: Monday, September 19, 9:00 am (arrival) through Friday September 23, 2:00pm (departure)

    Where is the training:  San Francisco Lighthouse Student Residence & training, 1155 Market Street, 11th Floor

    Time:  Each day classes are scheduled from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM with a break for lunch and an evening discussion after dinner.

    Accommodations: Students will have their own rooms in our secured residence.   Bathroom facilities are shared ‘B&B Style’ (located near the rooms) with fully accessible showers.

    Meals:  Continental Breakfast, light lunch and dinner are provided – Vegetarian option is provided if noted upon Intake.

    Transportation: While there is no transportation to and from San Francisco, the LightHouse is located above the Civic Center BART and easily accessed by Lyft/Uber/Taxi and Paratransit

    COVD19 Requirements for in person attendance

    1. All Students must have completed all current COVD19 Vaccine/Booster and provide proof upon Intake.
    2. Students must provide a Negative Test result for COVD19  24 hours prior to Monday, September 19, 2022
    3. Students and staff will be required to wear masks in all public areas of the San Francisco Lighthouse

    Who do I contact if I am interested in attending?

    Debbie Bacon, Rehabilitation Counselor

    dbacon@lighthouse-sf.org 

    Phone:  Desk Voicemail:  530-400-0355

    *Please leave your full name, phone/email, and a time of day you can be reached. 

  • Changing Vision, Changing Life (in-person)

    Changing Vision, Changing Life (in-person)

    (All day)
    Sep 19 Sep 23

    First In-Person Changing Vision Changing Life at San Francisco Lighthouse in three years, join us and learn.

    Changing Vision Changing Life (CVCL) is an immersive learning experience, where you, the student who is new to a change in vision, can experience and learn more about what you can do now, moving forward toward the independence you want. 

    For one week, up to nine students will live in the LightHouse Student Residences in San Francisco and will have the perfect opportunity for meeting peers with shared experiences and teaching staff who have both personal and/or professional experience to start you on your journey.

    The goal of immersion training is to provide you with a foundation of techniques, strategies, and tools to experience during the week and take home and practice.  Areas of training during the week include:

    • Orientation and Mobility (Discussion of Safe Travel, tools and beginning techniques)
    • Independent Living Skills (Organization, tactile labeling, prep cooking skills, and more)
    • Access Technology (Discussion and demonstration of adaptive tools, software, hardware and other devices that assist in independent communication, personal and home management)
    • Facilitated discussion groups that explore challenges, changes, resources and opportunity

    Who is Eligible to Participate? 

    This first in-person immersion week is specifically for low vision or blind persons 55 and older living in the following counties:  San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity.

    Individuals interested in this learning opportunity are expected to actively participate for the five days/four nights and must be able to provide self-care (bathing, medication, dressing, maintain their own living space).

    Because this training is focused on independent learning, family members/caregivers are not able attend.

    There is no charge for the week-long training, all interested persons must complete an Intake with our LightHouse Rehabilitation Counselor.

    Additionally, there are Covid-19 Requirements listed below.  We currently have six (6) available training slots for this training week.

    When is the training: Monday, September 19, 9:00 am (arrival) through Friday September 23, 2:00pm (departure)

    Where is the training:  San Francisco Lighthouse Student Residence & training, 1155 Market Street, 11th Floor

    Time:  Each day classes are scheduled from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM with a break for lunch and an evening discussion after dinner.

    Accommodations: Students will have their own rooms in our secured residence.   Bathroom facilities are shared ‘B&B Style’ (located near the rooms) with fully accessible showers.

    Meals:  Continental Breakfast, light lunch and dinner are provided – Vegetarian option is provided if noted upon Intake.

    Transportation: While there is no transportation to and from San Francisco, the LightHouse is located above the Civic Center BART and easily accessed by Lyft/Uber/Taxi and Paratransit

    COVD19 Requirements for in person attendance

    1. All Students must have completed all current COVD19 Vaccine/Booster and provide proof upon Intake.
    2. Students must provide a Negative Test result for COVD19  24 hours prior to Monday, September 19, 2022
    3. Students and staff will be required to wear masks in all public areas of the San Francisco Lighthouse

    Who do I contact if I am interested in attending?

    Debbie Bacon, Rehabilitation Counselor

    dbacon@lighthouse-sf.org 

    Phone:  Desk Voicemail:  530-400-0355

    *Please leave your full name, phone/email, and a time of day you can be reached. 

    Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together (online)

    Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together (online)


    Sep 21

    The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.

    Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients of all ages being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a virtual six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments.

    The virtual course is divided into six lessons over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory lesson with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour lessons which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists.

    It is a comprehensive skills training distance course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the virtual six-session course, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Thereafter, participants can be eligible for individualized Low Vision Therapy lessons.

    The classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing, best viewed on a tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options) at the following dates and times (Pacific Standard Time):

    Week 1: Monday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 14 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 2: September 19 and Wednesday, September 21 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 3: September 26 and Wednesday, September 28 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    If you are not with the California Department of Rehabilitation, and if you are age 55 and older, living in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity, there may be partial scholarship funding for training and course materials. For adults working with the California Department of Rehabilitation, please contact your Rehabilitation Counselor directly to discuss participation and referral.

    Please RSVP by Monday, August 29 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, September 12. To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Certified Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org. The class is limited to ten students; once the class limit is reached, or for referrals received after August 29, 2022, students may be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (date TBA).

     

  • Changing Vision, Changing Life (in-person)

    Changing Vision, Changing Life (in-person)

    (All day)
    Sep 19 Sep 23

    First In-Person Changing Vision Changing Life at San Francisco Lighthouse in three years, join us and learn.

    Changing Vision Changing Life (CVCL) is an immersive learning experience, where you, the student who is new to a change in vision, can experience and learn more about what you can do now, moving forward toward the independence you want. 

    For one week, up to nine students will live in the LightHouse Student Residences in San Francisco and will have the perfect opportunity for meeting peers with shared experiences and teaching staff who have both personal and/or professional experience to start you on your journey.

    The goal of immersion training is to provide you with a foundation of techniques, strategies, and tools to experience during the week and take home and practice.  Areas of training during the week include:

    • Orientation and Mobility (Discussion of Safe Travel, tools and beginning techniques)
    • Independent Living Skills (Organization, tactile labeling, prep cooking skills, and more)
    • Access Technology (Discussion and demonstration of adaptive tools, software, hardware and other devices that assist in independent communication, personal and home management)
    • Facilitated discussion groups that explore challenges, changes, resources and opportunity

    Who is Eligible to Participate? 

    This first in-person immersion week is specifically for low vision or blind persons 55 and older living in the following counties:  San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity.

    Individuals interested in this learning opportunity are expected to actively participate for the five days/four nights and must be able to provide self-care (bathing, medication, dressing, maintain their own living space).

    Because this training is focused on independent learning, family members/caregivers are not able attend.

    There is no charge for the week-long training, all interested persons must complete an Intake with our LightHouse Rehabilitation Counselor.

    Additionally, there are Covid-19 Requirements listed below.  We currently have six (6) available training slots for this training week.

    When is the training: Monday, September 19, 9:00 am (arrival) through Friday September 23, 2:00pm (departure)

    Where is the training:  San Francisco Lighthouse Student Residence & training, 1155 Market Street, 11th Floor

    Time:  Each day classes are scheduled from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM with a break for lunch and an evening discussion after dinner.

    Accommodations: Students will have their own rooms in our secured residence.   Bathroom facilities are shared ‘B&B Style’ (located near the rooms) with fully accessible showers.

    Meals:  Continental Breakfast, light lunch and dinner are provided – Vegetarian option is provided if noted upon Intake.

    Transportation: While there is no transportation to and from San Francisco, the LightHouse is located above the Civic Center BART and easily accessed by Lyft/Uber/Taxi and Paratransit

    COVD19 Requirements for in person attendance

    1. All Students must have completed all current COVD19 Vaccine/Booster and provide proof upon Intake.
    2. Students must provide a Negative Test result for COVD19  24 hours prior to Monday, September 19, 2022
    3. Students and staff will be required to wear masks in all public areas of the San Francisco Lighthouse

    Who do I contact if I am interested in attending?

    Debbie Bacon, Rehabilitation Counselor

    dbacon@lighthouse-sf.org 

    Phone:  Desk Voicemail:  530-400-0355

    *Please leave your full name, phone/email, and a time of day you can be reached. 

    Introduction to AT Session 2 (online)

    Introduction to AT Session 2 (online)


    Sep 22

    An 8 week course that introduces access technology concepts, terminology, and options on smartphones and computers in a group setting. The goal for this group introductory course is to help students not only learn about the basics of access technology but to also learn alongside a community. With our knowledgeable and patient AT instructors, we hope to provide a solid foundation for people who are completely new to access technology or who want to solidify their understanding of what access technology is and can do to empower them.

    Disclaimer: Session 2 has been fully booked already. If you are interested in joining Session 3, which will start in October, you may email jko@lighthouse-sf.org to be added to the email campaign and put on wait list.

  • Changing Vision, Changing Life (in-person)

    Changing Vision, Changing Life (in-person)

    (All day)
    Sep 19 Sep 23

    First In-Person Changing Vision Changing Life at San Francisco Lighthouse in three years, join us and learn.

    Changing Vision Changing Life (CVCL) is an immersive learning experience, where you, the student who is new to a change in vision, can experience and learn more about what you can do now, moving forward toward the independence you want. 

    For one week, up to nine students will live in the LightHouse Student Residences in San Francisco and will have the perfect opportunity for meeting peers with shared experiences and teaching staff who have both personal and/or professional experience to start you on your journey.

    The goal of immersion training is to provide you with a foundation of techniques, strategies, and tools to experience during the week and take home and practice.  Areas of training during the week include:

    • Orientation and Mobility (Discussion of Safe Travel, tools and beginning techniques)
    • Independent Living Skills (Organization, tactile labeling, prep cooking skills, and more)
    • Access Technology (Discussion and demonstration of adaptive tools, software, hardware and other devices that assist in independent communication, personal and home management)
    • Facilitated discussion groups that explore challenges, changes, resources and opportunity

    Who is Eligible to Participate? 

    This first in-person immersion week is specifically for low vision or blind persons 55 and older living in the following counties:  San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity.

    Individuals interested in this learning opportunity are expected to actively participate for the five days/four nights and must be able to provide self-care (bathing, medication, dressing, maintain their own living space).

    Because this training is focused on independent learning, family members/caregivers are not able attend.

    There is no charge for the week-long training, all interested persons must complete an Intake with our LightHouse Rehabilitation Counselor.

    Additionally, there are Covid-19 Requirements listed below.  We currently have six (6) available training slots for this training week.

    When is the training: Monday, September 19, 9:00 am (arrival) through Friday September 23, 2:00pm (departure)

    Where is the training:  San Francisco Lighthouse Student Residence & training, 1155 Market Street, 11th Floor

    Time:  Each day classes are scheduled from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM with a break for lunch and an evening discussion after dinner.

    Accommodations: Students will have their own rooms in our secured residence.   Bathroom facilities are shared ‘B&B Style’ (located near the rooms) with fully accessible showers.

    Meals:  Continental Breakfast, light lunch and dinner are provided – Vegetarian option is provided if noted upon Intake.

    Transportation: While there is no transportation to and from San Francisco, the LightHouse is located above the Civic Center BART and easily accessed by Lyft/Uber/Taxi and Paratransit

    COVD19 Requirements for in person attendance

    1. All Students must have completed all current COVD19 Vaccine/Booster and provide proof upon Intake.
    2. Students must provide a Negative Test result for COVD19  24 hours prior to Monday, September 19, 2022
    3. Students and staff will be required to wear masks in all public areas of the San Francisco Lighthouse

    Who do I contact if I am interested in attending?

    Debbie Bacon, Rehabilitation Counselor

    dbacon@lighthouse-sf.org 

    Phone:  Desk Voicemail:  530-400-0355

    *Please leave your full name, phone/email, and a time of day you can be reached. 

  • Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together (online)

    Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together (online)


    Sep 26

    The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.

    Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients of all ages being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a virtual six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments.

    The virtual course is divided into six lessons over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory lesson with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour lessons which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists.

    It is a comprehensive skills training distance course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the virtual six-session course, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Thereafter, participants can be eligible for individualized Low Vision Therapy lessons.

    The classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing, best viewed on a tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options) at the following dates and times (Pacific Standard Time):

    Week 1: Monday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 14 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 2: September 19 and Wednesday, September 21 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 3: September 26 and Wednesday, September 28 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    If you are not with the California Department of Rehabilitation, and if you are age 55 and older, living in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity, there may be partial scholarship funding for training and course materials. For adults working with the California Department of Rehabilitation, please contact your Rehabilitation Counselor directly to discuss participation and referral.

    Please RSVP by Monday, August 29 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, September 12. To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Certified Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org. The class is limited to ten students; once the class limit is reached, or for referrals received after August 29, 2022, students may be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (date TBA).

     

  • Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together (online)

    Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together (online)


    Sep 28

    The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.

    Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients of all ages being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a virtual six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments.

    The virtual course is divided into six lessons over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory lesson with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour lessons which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists.

    It is a comprehensive skills training distance course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the virtual six-session course, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Thereafter, participants can be eligible for individualized Low Vision Therapy lessons.

    The classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing, best viewed on a tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options) at the following dates and times (Pacific Standard Time):

    Week 1: Monday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 14 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 2: September 19 and Wednesday, September 21 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 3: September 26 and Wednesday, September 28 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    If you are not with the California Department of Rehabilitation, and if you are age 55 and older, living in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity, there may be partial scholarship funding for training and course materials. For adults working with the California Department of Rehabilitation, please contact your Rehabilitation Counselor directly to discuss participation and referral.

    Please RSVP by Monday, August 29 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, September 12. To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Certified Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org. The class is limited to ten students; once the class limit is reached, or for referrals received after August 29, 2022, students may be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (date TBA).

     

    Meet You At The House (online)

    Meet You At The House (online)


    Sep 28

    Pull up a comfy chair and join Community Outreach Specialist Sheri Albers in the LightHouse virtual living room to talk about all things LightHouse! Have you been experiencing changes in your vision that have been affecting your daily life, but did not know who to talk to? LightHouse in San Francisco may have the solutions you have been looking for. This is a safe place to bring the questions that you have been wanting to ask. As always, Raqi from the Adaptations Store will be on hand to let us know what is new in the world of low vision and blindness products.

    To RSVP, contact Sheri Albers at 415-694-7331, or email salbers@lighthouse-sf.org.

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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