Calendar

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The week's events

  • San Francisco Pride Parade 2022 (in-person)

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    San Francisco Pride Parade 2022 (in-person)


    Jun 26

    We are honored to extend an invitation to all LGBTQ+ community members, their families, friends, and allies, as we march in the 52nd annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26, 2022! We will proudly commemorate LGBTQ+ heritage, as well as raise awareness for the needs of LGBTQ+ people with disabilities.
    Registration will be required for all participants, whether they want to walk the parade route or watch from our LightHouse Headquarters at 1155 Market Street. We will host a live stream of the parade, complete with audio-description. When our contingency arrives, we will commence the Pride After-Party, offering light snacks and refreshments. This is a celebration not to be missed!

    If you need more information about the San Francisco Pride 2022 event, please contact Sheri Albers, Community Outreach Coordinator, at salbers@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7331.

    For the Registration Form to join LightHouse for Pride, click here.

  • The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike Cole (online)

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    The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike Cole (online)


    Jun 27

    What does it really mean to be a person who is blind or has low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, will lead this call-in forum to discuss the many day-to-day ins and outs of blindness, from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies. There's always a lively crowd sharing their own experiences, so make a cup of coffee (or tea), sit in your favorite chair, and call in to chat about the business of blindness.

    RSVP to Andrew Martinez at AMartinez@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7642.

  • Tech Together (Online)

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    Tech Together (Online)


    Jun 28

    June 7: Gadget Grab Bag
    Join the Access Technology team for an informal discussion about our favorite gadgets and accessories. Feel free to come prepared to shout out a favorite gadget of your own!

    RSVP to Gadget Grab Bag

    June 14: All About iPads
    In line with our previous conversation about computer specifications, the Access Technology team will discuss all iPad offerings from the iPad, to the Pro, to the Air, to the Mini. Join Tech Together and let's talk about these fantastic tablets!

    RSVP to All About iPads

    June 21: Chromebook Accessibility Continued
    Chromebooks are a popular mainstream computer option, especially in schools, but did you know that they ship with accessibility features out of the box? Join the Access Technology team, and we'll discuss additional tools and features of these devices that can enhance your productivity in educational environments.

    RSVP to Chromebook Accessibility Continued

    June 28: ACB and NFB Convention Information
    Convention season is upon us once more! Both the American Council of the Blind and the National Federation of the Blind will be holding their summer conventions in person this year, with virtual participation options. Whether you’ve never attended such a gathering of blind community, or you’re a veteran convention goer, we’ll share all the ways you can participate, connect and explore during these memorable celebrations of blind empowerment!

    RSVP to ACB and NFB Convention Information

  • Introduction to Access Technology Session 1: June/July 2022 (online)

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    Introduction to Access Technology Session 1: June/July 2022 (online)


    Jun 30

    This is 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.

    Here is a brief description of our 8-week curriculum and class schedule:

    • 06/09/2022: What Is Access Technology
      In this class, we will discuss what the term "Access Technology" means as well as the varied terminology one may come across in learning more about access technology.
    • 06/16/2022: Access Technology on Computers
      In this class, we will explain the different access technology options on computers by covering Magnification or Zoom options on the Windows and Mac for low vision users. We will also cover the steps to navigate the keyboard and to perform different tasks using Screen Reader on a Windows or Mac.
    • 06/23/2022: Access Technology on Smartphones
      In this class, we will cover access technology options on smartphones and how to activate screen readers such as Voice Over on iOS and Talk Back on Android devices.
    • 06/30/2022: Virtual Assistants and Smart Speakers
      In this class, we will review the various voice assistant options such as Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant as well as Smart Speakers such as Homepod, Google Nest, and Echo. Additionally, we will cover the strengths and best uses for these voice assistants.
    • 07/07/2022: The Home Screen and Phone Calls:In this class, we will unlock the smartphone and navigate the home screen items and putting our previously learned skills to the test. We will also use virtual assistants such as Siri and Google Assistant to open applications and make phone calls.
    • 07/14/2022: Notetaking with Access TechnologyIn this class, we will discuss the different aspects to notetaking whether it be in an academic, professional, or personal context and the uses of adaptive notetaking tools and devices such as digital recorders, Braille devices, and notetaking solutions on smartphones and computers.
    • 07/21/2022: Text Messages and Email
      In this class, we will explore the basic layout of messaging and email applications and the conversations within the messaging and mail applications. We will also continue to apply our skills and use Siri or Google Assistant to read send, read, and play back text messages and emails.
    • 07/28/2022: System Settings and Downloading Apps
      In this last class, we will learn to adjust system settings, use Siri/Google Assistant to toggle options such as Wi-Fi, Do Not Disturb, Dark Mode, etc., and search for apps on the App Store or Play Store. Then we will learn how to download and explore new applications.

    Session 1is full. But you may RSVP for Session 2 which will start in August to jko@lighthouse-sf.org to be added to the class email list and waitlist.

  • Meet Me in the Kitchen (in-person)

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    Meet Me in the Kitchen (in-person)


    Jul 1

    “Meet Me in the Kitchen” is a five week course designed to empower LightHouse students with the non-visual techniques needed to prepare and present delicious meals independently. This course is created and taught by Bobbi Pompey, a Independent Living Skills Specialist with a passion for cooking and teaching. Each week you will learn non-visual kitchen skills, general cooking tips and tricks, and prepare a snack or meal.

    Skills You Will Learn Include

    • Organizing, labeling, and preparing your kitchen and work space
    • Measuring wet and dry ingredients
    • Using knives, kitchen appliances, blindness/low vision gadgets and other “tools of the trade”
    • Understanding how to build flavor profiles, decipher lingo used in recipes, and determine the doneness of food
    • Serving, garnishing, and presenting meals with multiple dishes to friends and families
    • Spots in this fun and educational course are limited, so secure your participation by contacting Briana Kusuma, bkusuma@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7335.

    Course Schedule

    • Session 1-  Welcome and Course Overview- This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, a tour of the kitchen, and an introduction to basic techniques for navigating a kitchen. Class will conclude with a lesson on pouring and spreading and the preparation of a snack.
    • Session 2 -  Cracking the Code- By the end of this session, you will understand how to decipher common recipe lingo, develop delicious flavor profiles with spices stock a pantry with basic staples, and shop for groceries independently. Techniques for measuring will be used to create a spice rub and/or basic sauce.
    • Session 3 - Getting the Job Done- Knife skills are the main focus of this session. Students will make a simple one-pot soup and learn to determine when food is done.
    • Session 4 - Learning to Spin All the Plates- This class marks the transition into the more advanced portion of the course. Labeling, organizing, blindness devices, kitchen gadgets, and the use of small appliances will be covered as ways to add efficiency to meal preparation. You will prepare a three part meal during this session.
    • Session 5 - Putting On the Finishing Touches- Taking all the skills of previous classes you will learn to; serve themselves, serve others, set a table, decorate and/or garnish a meal.

    To RSVP, please contact Bobbi Pompey, 415-694-7613, bpompey@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!