Calendar

LightHouse will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 for the Juneteenth holiday.

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.

  • Tech Together - September 2022 (online)

    Tech Together - September 2022 (online)


    Sep 6

    Join the Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times. Tech Together is a chance to share your knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other blind technology users. Our Access Technology Specialists and Trainers share their expertise, tips, and handy resources on each week’s topic. Afterward, there is time for our students and friends to add to the conversation, as we all learn from each other.

    RSVP online using the links below or by voicemail at 415-694-7618.

    September 6: Open Forum

    Do you have a favorite tech tip or trick to share? Do you have questions about your tech setup? Do you have ideas about future Tech Together events? Join the Access Technology team for a fun and freeform discussion where we can all nerd out and learn about tech, together!

    RSVP for Open Forum

    September 13: Smart Speakers - Setup and Basics

    If you're an access technology user, you likely spend lots of time listening to machines. Today, let's discuss completing tasks by talking to them! We'll cover setup and configuration of smart speakers featuring Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant and share some ways all three virtual assistants can help you get things done.

    RSVP for Smart Speakers - Setup and Basics

    September 20: Smart Speakers - Next Steps

    After last week's introduction to Siri, Alexa and Google, let's take a deeper dive into each assistant's skills. We'll share the tasks that each assistant performs the best. All three have their strengths and struggle points, but which one will be the winner for you?

    RSVP for Smart Speakers - Next Steps

    September 27: Let's Label It

    From the file cabinet to the kitchen pantry, from low-tech to high-tech, join the Access Technology team, and we'll discuss ways you can label anything and everything in your life.

    RSVP for Let’s Label It

  • 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.

    Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding (online)

    Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding (online)


    Sep 8

    Access Technology instructors Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Orientation & Mobility instructor Katt Jones are teaming up to present a virtual five-part class series on Accessible Wayfinding. Learn the ins and outs of GPS terminology, Microsoft Soundscape, Apple Maps, Google Maps, and transit apps. The class will be limited to eight students.

    Students interested in the course must live in one of the following counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt to qualify. Students must use an iPhone, have a Apple account and be able to download apps to their iPhone, and be comfortable navigating the screen semi-independently.

    Class Schedule

    September 8: GPS Concepts and Terminology

    In this class, we will learn the basic terminology of digital wayfinding such as POI and turn-by turn. We'll also use virtual assistants and the Compass app to obtain basic location and directional information.

    September 15: Soundscape Part 1: Automatic Callouts and Markers

    In this class, we will review the functions of automatic call-out applications and start to explore Soundscape's informational controls, in order to obtain information about immediate physical surroundings as well as create markers for points of interests (POIs).

    September 22: Soundscape Part 2: Audio Beacons and Street Preview Mode

    In this class, we will continue to use the various features and functions within Soundscape to travel virtually to new locations for route-planning purposes, and we will compare/contrast Soundscape with other automatic call-out applications.

    September 27: Getting Directions with Apple Maps and Google Maps

    In this class, we will review Apple Maps and Google Maps' features and functions to obtain information for local businesses and search for public transit directions to points of interests as well as for walking directions to points of interests.

    September 29: Transit Applications and Review

    In this last class, we will explore and use the Moovit and Transit applications to look for departure time information for nearby stops and lines and to search for directions to a point of interest. We'll also review the applications discussed during the course to mark, obtain directions for, and virtually travel to points of interests.

    Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22 & 29 + Tuesday, September 27 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Please RSVP to Julie Koh at JKoh@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7684.

  • Reel Escape Audio Description Club: Daredevils (online)

    Reel Escape Audio Description Club: Daredevils (online)


    Sep 9

    We all need an escape sometimes, and with the Real Escape Audio Description Club, you can do just that with your blind and low vision friends. With the success of the first two seasons of Daredevil, we decided to continue the Marvel series into the fall semester with season three. Starting on Friday, September 9, teens, and young adults will gather to watch the Netflix series, Daredevil – a TV series about a blind attorney by day and vigilante by night. Our weekly gathering will start at 8:00 PM Friday evenings, leaving plenty of time to watch that week’s episode and connect with your EHC and LightHouse friends.

    Parents Please Note: the Daredevil TV Series has adult content and is rated TV-MA and contains the following: crude indecent language (L), explicit sexual activity (S), and graphic violence (V). A more detailed parental guide can be found at here. If any youth under the age of 18 wish to join this series, they must have a parent or guardian contact a LightHouse youth team member with written permission for their child to participate.

    Who: Teens and young adults who are blind or have low vision
    What: Season three of Daredevil with Reel Escape Audio Description Club via Zoom
    When: Friday evenings @ 8:00 PM (seasons three starts September 9)
    Where: Anywhere you can access a Zoom meeting
    RSVP: Please contact Jamey Gump by email at jgump@LightHouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372. Zoom meeting information will be shared with those who RSVP by 5:00 PM of the day before the program.

  • 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).

     

  • Tech Together - September 2022 (online)

    Tech Together - September 2022 (online)


    Sep 13

    Join the Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times. Tech Together is a chance to share your knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other blind technology users. Our Access Technology Specialists and Trainers share their expertise, tips, and handy resources on each week’s topic. Afterward, there is time for our students and friends to add to the conversation, as we all learn from each other.

    RSVP online using the links below or by voicemail at 415-694-7618.

    September 6: Open Forum

    Do you have a favorite tech tip or trick to share? Do you have questions about your tech setup? Do you have ideas about future Tech Together events? Join the Access Technology team for a fun and freeform discussion where we can all nerd out and learn about tech, together!

    RSVP for Open Forum

    September 13: Smart Speakers - Setup and Basics

    If you're an access technology user, you likely spend lots of time listening to machines. Today, let's discuss completing tasks by talking to them! We'll cover setup and configuration of smart speakers featuring Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant and share some ways all three virtual assistants can help you get things done.

    RSVP for Smart Speakers - Setup and Basics

    September 20: Smart Speakers - Next Steps

    After last week's introduction to Siri, Alexa and Google, let's take a deeper dive into each assistant's skills. We'll share the tasks that each assistant performs the best. All three have their strengths and struggle points, but which one will be the winner for you?

    RSVP for Smart Speakers - Next Steps

    September 27: Let's Label It

    From the file cabinet to the kitchen pantry, from low-tech to high-tech, join the Access Technology team, and we'll discuss ways you can label anything and everything in your life.

    RSVP for Let’s Label It

    College Spaces From Different Places (online)

    College Spaces From Different Places (online)


    Sep 13

    New semester schedules, conflicting assignment deadlines and extracurricular activities, and time with friends – how do you find balance? Join us this September to talk all about it with your College Spaces peers. We want to share our advice and hear yours as well, so come with some good questions, thoughts, or stories to share— we want to hear it all!

    College Spaces from Different Places is a peer-led student organization which cultivates connections and community for all undergraduate college students. College Spaces from Different Places is a group designed by and for low vision and blind students to have fun, build community, and share in our struggles and accomplishments. Many undergrads are currently missing out on forming social connections on their own college campus. Therefore, joining College Spaces from Different Places will give you an opportunity to come together with others from across the state. Leave your books and syllabi behind and join us!

    What: Virtual gathering of blind and low-vision undergraduate college students.
    When: Tuesday September 13, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
    Where: via Zoom
    RSVP: Please contact Daisy Soto at dsoto@LightHouse-sf.org or 415-694-7328. Please RSVP by Friday September 9 to ensure you receive the Zoom link!

    NOTE: The Zoom link to join will be distributed the morning of the meetup. All blind and low vision college students are welcome, and you DO NOT need any authorizations from the DOR to join.

  • 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.

    Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding (online)

    Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding (online)


    Sep 15

    Access Technology instructors Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Orientation & Mobility instructor Katt Jones are teaming up to present a virtual five-part class series on Accessible Wayfinding. Learn the ins and outs of GPS terminology, Microsoft Soundscape, Apple Maps, Google Maps, and transit apps. The class will be limited to eight students.

    Students interested in the course must live in one of the following counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt to qualify. Students must use an iPhone, have a Apple account and be able to download apps to their iPhone, and be comfortable navigating the screen semi-independently.

    Class Schedule

    September 8: GPS Concepts and Terminology

    In this class, we will learn the basic terminology of digital wayfinding such as POI and turn-by turn. We'll also use virtual assistants and the Compass app to obtain basic location and directional information.

    September 15: Soundscape Part 1: Automatic Callouts and Markers

    In this class, we will review the functions of automatic call-out applications and start to explore Soundscape's informational controls, in order to obtain information about immediate physical surroundings as well as create markers for points of interests (POIs).

    September 22: Soundscape Part 2: Audio Beacons and Street Preview Mode

    In this class, we will continue to use the various features and functions within Soundscape to travel virtually to new locations for route-planning purposes, and we will compare/contrast Soundscape with other automatic call-out applications.

    September 27: Getting Directions with Apple Maps and Google Maps

    In this class, we will review Apple Maps and Google Maps' features and functions to obtain information for local businesses and search for public transit directions to points of interests as well as for walking directions to points of interests.

    September 29: Transit Applications and Review

    In this last class, we will explore and use the Moovit and Transit applications to look for departure time information for nearby stops and lines and to search for directions to a point of interest. We'll also review the applications discussed during the course to mark, obtain directions for, and virtually travel to points of interests.

    Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22 & 29 + Tuesday, September 27 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Please RSVP to Julie Koh at JKoh@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7684.

    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!

  • Reel Escape Audio Description Club: Daredevils (online)

    Reel Escape Audio Description Club: Daredevils (online)


    Sep 16

    We all need an escape sometimes, and with the Real Escape Audio Description Club, you can do just that with your blind and low vision friends. With the success of the first two seasons of Daredevil, we decided to continue the Marvel series into the fall semester with season three. Starting on Friday, September 9, teens, and young adults will gather to watch the Netflix series, Daredevil – a TV series about a blind attorney by day and vigilante by night. Our weekly gathering will start at 8:00 PM Friday evenings, leaving plenty of time to watch that week’s episode and connect with your EHC and LightHouse friends.

    Parents Please Note: the Daredevil TV Series has adult content and is rated TV-MA and contains the following: crude indecent language (L), explicit sexual activity (S), and graphic violence (V). A more detailed parental guide can be found at here. If any youth under the age of 18 wish to join this series, they must have a parent or guardian contact a LightHouse youth team member with written permission for their child to participate.

    Who: Teens and young adults who are blind or have low vision
    What: Season three of Daredevil with Reel Escape Audio Description Club via Zoom
    When: Friday evenings @ 8:00 PM (seasons three starts September 9)
    Where: Anywhere you can access a Zoom meeting
    RSVP: Please contact Jamey Gump by email at jgump@LightHouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372. Zoom meeting information will be shared with those who RSVP by 5:00 PM of the day before the program.

  • 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. 

    Tech Together - September 2022 (online)

    Tech Together - September 2022 (online)


    Sep 20

    Join the Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times. Tech Together is a chance to share your knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other blind technology users. Our Access Technology Specialists and Trainers share their expertise, tips, and handy resources on each week’s topic. Afterward, there is time for our students and friends to add to the conversation, as we all learn from each other.

    RSVP online using the links below or by voicemail at 415-694-7618.

    September 6: Open Forum

    Do you have a favorite tech tip or trick to share? Do you have questions about your tech setup? Do you have ideas about future Tech Together events? Join the Access Technology team for a fun and freeform discussion where we can all nerd out and learn about tech, together!

    RSVP for Open Forum

    September 13: Smart Speakers - Setup and Basics

    If you're an access technology user, you likely spend lots of time listening to machines. Today, let's discuss completing tasks by talking to them! We'll cover setup and configuration of smart speakers featuring Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant and share some ways all three virtual assistants can help you get things done.

    RSVP for Smart Speakers - Setup and Basics

    September 20: Smart Speakers - Next Steps

    After last week's introduction to Siri, Alexa and Google, let's take a deeper dive into each assistant's skills. We'll share the tasks that each assistant performs the best. All three have their strengths and struggle points, but which one will be the winner for you?

    RSVP for Smart Speakers - Next Steps

    September 27: Let's Label It

    From the file cabinet to the kitchen pantry, from low-tech to high-tech, join the Access Technology team, and we'll discuss ways you can label anything and everything in your life.

    RSVP for Let’s Label It

  • 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.

    Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding (online)

    Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding (online)


    Sep 22

    Access Technology instructors Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Orientation & Mobility instructor Katt Jones are teaming up to present a virtual five-part class series on Accessible Wayfinding. Learn the ins and outs of GPS terminology, Microsoft Soundscape, Apple Maps, Google Maps, and transit apps. The class will be limited to eight students.

    Students interested in the course must live in one of the following counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt to qualify. Students must use an iPhone, have a Apple account and be able to download apps to their iPhone, and be comfortable navigating the screen semi-independently.

    Class Schedule

    September 8: GPS Concepts and Terminology

    In this class, we will learn the basic terminology of digital wayfinding such as POI and turn-by turn. We'll also use virtual assistants and the Compass app to obtain basic location and directional information.

    September 15: Soundscape Part 1: Automatic Callouts and Markers

    In this class, we will review the functions of automatic call-out applications and start to explore Soundscape's informational controls, in order to obtain information about immediate physical surroundings as well as create markers for points of interests (POIs).

    September 22: Soundscape Part 2: Audio Beacons and Street Preview Mode

    In this class, we will continue to use the various features and functions within Soundscape to travel virtually to new locations for route-planning purposes, and we will compare/contrast Soundscape with other automatic call-out applications.

    September 27: Getting Directions with Apple Maps and Google Maps

    In this class, we will review Apple Maps and Google Maps' features and functions to obtain information for local businesses and search for public transit directions to points of interests as well as for walking directions to points of interests.

    September 29: Transit Applications and Review

    In this last class, we will explore and use the Moovit and Transit applications to look for departure time information for nearby stops and lines and to search for directions to a point of interest. We'll also review the applications discussed during the course to mark, obtain directions for, and virtually travel to points of interests.

    Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22 & 29 + Tuesday, September 27 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Please RSVP to Julie Koh at JKoh@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7684.

  • 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. 

    Reel Escape Audio Description Club: Daredevils (online)

    Reel Escape Audio Description Club: Daredevils (online)


    Sep 23

    We all need an escape sometimes, and with the Real Escape Audio Description Club, you can do just that with your blind and low vision friends. With the success of the first two seasons of Daredevil, we decided to continue the Marvel series into the fall semester with season three. Starting on Friday, September 9, teens, and young adults will gather to watch the Netflix series, Daredevil – a TV series about a blind attorney by day and vigilante by night. Our weekly gathering will start at 8:00 PM Friday evenings, leaving plenty of time to watch that week’s episode and connect with your EHC and LightHouse friends.

    Parents Please Note: the Daredevil TV Series has adult content and is rated TV-MA and contains the following: crude indecent language (L), explicit sexual activity (S), and graphic violence (V). A more detailed parental guide can be found at here. If any youth under the age of 18 wish to join this series, they must have a parent or guardian contact a LightHouse youth team member with written permission for their child to participate.

    Who: Teens and young adults who are blind or have low vision
    What: Season three of Daredevil with Reel Escape Audio Description Club via Zoom
    When: Friday evenings @ 8:00 PM (seasons three starts September 9)
    Where: Anywhere you can access a Zoom meeting
    RSVP: Please contact Jamey Gump by email at jgump@LightHouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372. Zoom meeting information will be shared with those who RSVP by 5:00 PM of the day before the program.

  • 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).

     

  • Tech Together - September 2022 (online)

    Tech Together - September 2022 (online)


    Sep 27

    Join the Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times. Tech Together is a chance to share your knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other blind technology users. Our Access Technology Specialists and Trainers share their expertise, tips, and handy resources on each week’s topic. Afterward, there is time for our students and friends to add to the conversation, as we all learn from each other.

    RSVP online using the links below or by voicemail at 415-694-7618.

    September 6: Open Forum

    Do you have a favorite tech tip or trick to share? Do you have questions about your tech setup? Do you have ideas about future Tech Together events? Join the Access Technology team for a fun and freeform discussion where we can all nerd out and learn about tech, together!

    RSVP for Open Forum

    September 13: Smart Speakers - Setup and Basics

    If you're an access technology user, you likely spend lots of time listening to machines. Today, let's discuss completing tasks by talking to them! We'll cover setup and configuration of smart speakers featuring Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant and share some ways all three virtual assistants can help you get things done.

    RSVP for Smart Speakers - Setup and Basics

    September 20: Smart Speakers - Next Steps

    After last week's introduction to Siri, Alexa and Google, let's take a deeper dive into each assistant's skills. We'll share the tasks that each assistant performs the best. All three have their strengths and struggle points, but which one will be the winner for you?

    RSVP for Smart Speakers - Next Steps

    September 27: Let's Label It

    From the file cabinet to the kitchen pantry, from low-tech to high-tech, join the Access Technology team, and we'll discuss ways you can label anything and everything in your life.

    RSVP for Let’s Label It

    Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding (online)

    Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding (online)


    Sep 27

    Access Technology instructors Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Orientation & Mobility instructor Katt Jones are teaming up to present a virtual five-part class series on Accessible Wayfinding. Learn the ins and outs of GPS terminology, Microsoft Soundscape, Apple Maps, Google Maps, and transit apps. The class will be limited to eight students.

    Students interested in the course must live in one of the following counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt to qualify. Students must use an iPhone, have a Apple account and be able to download apps to their iPhone, and be comfortable navigating the screen semi-independently.

    Class Schedule

    September 8: GPS Concepts and Terminology

    In this class, we will learn the basic terminology of digital wayfinding such as POI and turn-by turn. We'll also use virtual assistants and the Compass app to obtain basic location and directional information.

    September 15: Soundscape Part 1: Automatic Callouts and Markers

    In this class, we will review the functions of automatic call-out applications and start to explore Soundscape's informational controls, in order to obtain information about immediate physical surroundings as well as create markers for points of interests (POIs).

    September 22: Soundscape Part 2: Audio Beacons and Street Preview Mode

    In this class, we will continue to use the various features and functions within Soundscape to travel virtually to new locations for route-planning purposes, and we will compare/contrast Soundscape with other automatic call-out applications.

    September 27: Getting Directions with Apple Maps and Google Maps

    In this class, we will review Apple Maps and Google Maps' features and functions to obtain information for local businesses and search for public transit directions to points of interests as well as for walking directions to points of interests.

    September 29: Transit Applications and Review

    In this last class, we will explore and use the Moovit and Transit applications to look for departure time information for nearby stops and lines and to search for directions to a point of interest. We'll also review the applications discussed during the course to mark, obtain directions for, and virtually travel to points of interests.

    Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22 & 29 + Tuesday, September 27 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Please RSVP to Julie Koh at JKoh@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7684.

  • 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.

  • Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding (online)

    Introduction to Accessible Wayfinding (online)


    Sep 29

    Access Technology instructors Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Orientation & Mobility instructor Katt Jones are teaming up to present a virtual five-part class series on Accessible Wayfinding. Learn the ins and outs of GPS terminology, Microsoft Soundscape, Apple Maps, Google Maps, and transit apps. The class will be limited to eight students.

    Students interested in the course must live in one of the following counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt to qualify. Students must use an iPhone, have a Apple account and be able to download apps to their iPhone, and be comfortable navigating the screen semi-independently.

    Class Schedule

    September 8: GPS Concepts and Terminology

    In this class, we will learn the basic terminology of digital wayfinding such as POI and turn-by turn. We'll also use virtual assistants and the Compass app to obtain basic location and directional information.

    September 15: Soundscape Part 1: Automatic Callouts and Markers

    In this class, we will review the functions of automatic call-out applications and start to explore Soundscape's informational controls, in order to obtain information about immediate physical surroundings as well as create markers for points of interests (POIs).

    September 22: Soundscape Part 2: Audio Beacons and Street Preview Mode

    In this class, we will continue to use the various features and functions within Soundscape to travel virtually to new locations for route-planning purposes, and we will compare/contrast Soundscape with other automatic call-out applications.

    September 27: Getting Directions with Apple Maps and Google Maps

    In this class, we will review Apple Maps and Google Maps' features and functions to obtain information for local businesses and search for public transit directions to points of interests as well as for walking directions to points of interests.

    September 29: Transit Applications and Review

    In this last class, we will explore and use the Moovit and Transit applications to look for departure time information for nearby stops and lines and to search for directions to a point of interest. We'll also review the applications discussed during the course to mark, obtain directions for, and virtually travel to points of interests.

    Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22 & 29 + Tuesday, September 27 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Please RSVP to Julie Koh at JKoh@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7684.

  • Reel Escape Audio Description Club: Daredevils (online)

    Reel Escape Audio Description Club: Daredevils (online)


    Sep 30

    We all need an escape sometimes, and with the Real Escape Audio Description Club, you can do just that with your blind and low vision friends. With the success of the first two seasons of Daredevil, we decided to continue the Marvel series into the fall semester with season three. Starting on Friday, September 9, teens, and young adults will gather to watch the Netflix series, Daredevil – a TV series about a blind attorney by day and vigilante by night. Our weekly gathering will start at 8:00 PM Friday evenings, leaving plenty of time to watch that week’s episode and connect with your EHC and LightHouse friends.

    Parents Please Note: the Daredevil TV Series has adult content and is rated TV-MA and contains the following: crude indecent language (L), explicit sexual activity (S), and graphic violence (V). A more detailed parental guide can be found at here. If any youth under the age of 18 wish to join this series, they must have a parent or guardian contact a LightHouse youth team member with written permission for their child to participate.

    Who: Teens and young adults who are blind or have low vision
    What: Season three of Daredevil with Reel Escape Audio Description Club via Zoom
    When: Friday evenings @ 8:00 PM (seasons three starts September 9)
    Where: Anywhere you can access a Zoom meeting
    RSVP: Please contact Jamey Gump by email at jgump@LightHouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372. Zoom meeting information will be shared with those who RSVP by 5:00 PM of the day before the program.

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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