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The week's events

  • Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together

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    Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together


    Oct 11

    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, October 11 and Wednesday, October 13 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 2: Monday, October 18 and Wednesday, October 20 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 3: Monday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 27 – 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, September 27 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, October 11. 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, all other students will be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (date TBA).

  • Get Moving

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    Get Moving


    Oct 12

    Get Moving is a 4 week O&M training that consists of 8 separate classes, meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays October 5 through 28 from 10 AM to 12 PM PST. This is a course that teaches foundational mobility skills and concepts for people with low vision and blindness. Each classes will be conducted by video or by phone using the Zoom Online Platform. Classes will be taught by Chris Williams and Danette Davis.

    To register for this course, please contact Chris Williams at CWilliams@lighthouse-sf.org. Deadline to register is Tuesday, September 28.

    Tech Together Online

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    Tech Together Online


    Oct 12

    October 5: Smart Speakers: Setup and Basics
    If you're an access technology user, you likely spend lots of time listening to machines. Today, let's talk about talking to smart speakers. We'll cover setup and configuration of smart speakers featuring Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant, and share some ways all three can help you get things done.

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    October 12: Smart Speakers: Next Steps
    After last week's introduction to Siri, Alexa and Google, let's take a deeper dive into each smart speaker’s skills. We'll share the tasks that each virtual assistant performs the best. All three have their strengths and struggle points, but which one will be the winner for you?

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    October 19: Intro to Access Technology
    What is accessible technology and how do we learn to use it? If you, a friend or family member are a person who is new to blindness or having low vision, or new to using access technology tools, this event is for you.We’ll demonstrate how you can use mainstream tools like smartphones, voice assistants, and computers, as well as a few specialized gadgets for reading books and recording information at the touch of a button. We’ll talk about what services and resources are available for learning to use these tools, and we’ll give some tips for friends and family members who want to be supportive of the learning process.

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    October 26: Meet the Access Technology Team
    Following our discussion in which we introduced access technology, let’s take a look at the people behind the machines. Each trainer will discuss their favorite device or software that they teach, their favorite productivity tool, and their favorite app for entertainment.

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    College Spaces From Different Places

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    College Spaces From Different Places


    Oct 12

    College Spaces From Different Places: Navigating Through College Life

    When: Tuesday, October 12 2021 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

    This month the College Spaces team takes on the highly requested topic of orientation and mobility. Tips for confidently navigating through crowded universities, exploring surrounding college communities, and staying safe while doing it all. Join us this October when we’ll address all of this and more. Bring your questions, travel tips, and friends and be part of this exciting conversation!

    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!

    If you have any questions or would like to be part of future College Spaces from Different Places gatherings, contact Daisy Soto dsoto@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7328To learn more. Please RSVP by October 8, 2021 to receive the Zoom link.

    NOTE: The Zoom link to join will be distributed the morning of the meetup. All blind/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

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    Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together


    Oct 13

    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, October 11 and Wednesday, October 13 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 2: Monday, October 18 and Wednesday, October 20 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Week 3: Monday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 27 – 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, September 27 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, October 11. 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, all other students will be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (date TBA).

  • Get Moving

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    Get Moving


    Oct 14

    Get Moving is a 4 week O&M training that consists of 8 separate classes, meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays October 5 through 28 from 10 AM to 12 PM PST. This is a course that teaches foundational mobility skills and concepts for people with low vision and blindness. Each classes will be conducted by video or by phone using the Zoom Online Platform. Classes will be taught by Chris Williams and Danette Davis.

    To register for this course, please contact Chris Williams at CWilliams@lighthouse-sf.org. Deadline to register is Tuesday, September 28.

  • Reel Escape Audio Description Club: Friday Evening Daredevils

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    Reel Escape Audio Description Club: Friday Evening Daredevils


    Oct 15

    Reel Escape Audio Description Club: Friday Evening Daredevils
    Friday evenings @ 8:00 pm

    We all need an escape at times, and with the Real Escape Audio Description Club you can do just that with your blind and low vision friends. After a summer break and some adjustment to when our club gathers, we are excited announce our fall 2021 program options for the many ages of youth we work with. Starting on Friday, September 3rd, 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 - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3322312/parentalguide 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: older teens and young adults that are blind or low vision
    What: audio description media club via Zoom
    When: Friday evenings @ 8:00 pm (Daredevil series for teens and young adults)
    Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
    RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

    If you are interested in signing up for the Reel Escape Audio Description Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at (415) 694-7372.

  • Not So Bored Game Night

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    Not So Bored Game Night


    Oct 16

    Each month students from the LightHouse Youth Program look forward to joining us for our all-ways fun Not so Bored Game Night series. Where youth get to connect with other blind and low vision peers over games such as trivia contests, scavenger hunts and other interactive games that will have youth laughing and making friends in no time. In addition to that month’s games LightHouse staff will invite a blind or low vision guest mentor that will join us for the fun and share insight to their education, career, and life story. Programs will be held on zoom are via zoom on the third Saturday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

    Who: blind or low vision youth that are under the age of 18 or that have attended high school in the last year
    What: monthly game night and guest mentor spotlight via zoom
    When: Saturday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
    RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program
    Parents & Guardians: we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

    If you are interested in signing up for the Not so Bored Game Night, please contact Jamey Gump by email at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at (415) 694-7372.

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!