Calendar

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The week's events

  • Presidents' Day Holiday (All LightHouse locations closed)

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    Presidents' Day Holiday (All LightHouse locations closed)

    (All day)
    Feb 15

  • Get Moving: Orientation & Mobility for Independent Travel (for DOR Consumers)

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    Get Moving: Orientation & Mobility for Independent Travel (for DOR Consumers)


    Feb 16

    This is a comprehensive 6-week 14-class virtual course on Zoom introducing students to foundational Orientation & Mobility concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel and for gaining or retaining employment (this course is specifically for Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Consumers. Students meet twice a week for two-hour classes andparticipate in two hours of pre-class assessment, Zoom procedures and outside class support.

    To participate students must have solid internet access and be able to access Zoom via phone and/or video and have computer skills to receive and read articles, watch videos and listen to podcasts. All students should expect weekly homework to be completed prior to class.

    The essential O&M lessons cover: the benefits of O&M training for travel and employment; overview of sensory, spatial & environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; outdoor travel; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis; public transportation & trip planning; and introduction to electronic travel devices, GPS & wayfinding technologies.

    The course runs Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 19, 21, 27 & 28 and February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 & 25 from 10:00 am to noon.

    Registration deadline is January 8, 2021. To register for the course and hear about the fees and materials,  please contact Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org and contact your DOR Counselor.

    Tech Together

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    Tech Together


    Feb 16

    Join the LightHouse 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. LightHouse Access Technology staff share tips and resources on each week’s topic. Then there is time for LightHouse students and friends to add to the conversation, as we all learn from each other.

    Topics are decided on a rolling basis as our community’s needs evolve during shelter in place.

    Or leave a voicemail at 510-925-2943. Online registration is preferred.

    Upcoming Topics

    February 2

    Tech Together: Just Google It!

    If you’ve ever heard this phrase, or if you’ve ever searched online only to find yourself wading through pages of results that are not quite what you’re looking for, join us for a discussion of how to use web searches to find what you need when you need it.

    RSVP online for the February 2 Tech Together event.

    February 9

    Tech Together: Formatting is Fabulous

    Did you know that formatting your documents can not only make them easier for sighted readers to enjoy, but also make them easier for blind users to read and navigate? Join us to learn how simple formatting commands can have a big impact on the documents you create.

    RSVP online for the February 9 Tech Together event.

    February 16

    Tech Together: Proofread Like a Pro

    If you’ve ever wondered if you’re spelling a word right or wanted to check a document for stray tabs or commas, join us for this discussion of how to proofread your work while using access technology.

    RSVP online for the February 16 Tech Together event.

    February 23

    Tech Together: App Architecture

    Just as knowing how to use headings and links can make browsing the web with access technology easier, knowing some common elements to look for when you’re exploring a new app can be a helpful tool. We’ll talk about tabs, menus, pickers and more.

    RSVP online for the February 23 Tech Together event.

  • Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)

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    Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


    Feb 17

    Stress Reduction & Meditation Goes Virtual

    Please note that although LightHouse is closed for the holidays, this virtual class is still being held on December 22.

    Each Wednesday morning we offer a series of short, meditation-based practices for relaxation and stress reduction. The group is appropriate for both beginners and advanced practitioners and instruction is provided in all aspects of the practice. Instructor Jeffrey Schneider has more than 40 years of meditation and teaching experience. It is a virtual class using the Zoom platform—everyone is welcome as little or often as they like. Dial in, find a comfortable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

    RSVP to Sabrina Bolus at Sbolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    Get Moving: Online O&M Class for Adults 55 and over

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    Get Moving: Online O&M Class for Adults 55 and over


    Feb 17

    Back by popular demand, it’s our six-week online Orientation & Mobility course, Get Moving. This session is for Bay Area residents aged 55 and over.

    It’s a comprehensive course with two classes per week using the Zoom platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe and independent travel.

    The lessons are: Benefits of O&M Training; Overview of Sensory, Spatial & Environmental Awareness; Orientation Strategies and Skills; Tactile Graphics/TMAP; Human Guide; Protective Techniques; Long Cane Basics; Outdoor Travel; Street Crossing Sequence; Intersection Analysis; Public Transportation & Trip Planning; and Introduction to Electronic Travel Devices, GPS & Wayfinding Technologies.

    Mondays & Wednesdays: January 25 & 27; February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24; March 1, 3 & 8 from 10:00 am to noon (no class Presidents’ Day, February 15)

    RSVP by noon on Friday, January 15 to Chris Williams at Cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

  • Get Moving: Orientation & Mobility for Independent Travel (for DOR Consumers)

    All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

    Get Moving: Orientation & Mobility for Independent Travel (for DOR Consumers)


    Feb 18

    This is a comprehensive 6-week 14-class virtual course on Zoom introducing students to foundational Orientation & Mobility concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel and for gaining or retaining employment (this course is specifically for Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Consumers. Students meet twice a week for two-hour classes andparticipate in two hours of pre-class assessment, Zoom procedures and outside class support.

    To participate students must have solid internet access and be able to access Zoom via phone and/or video and have computer skills to receive and read articles, watch videos and listen to podcasts. All students should expect weekly homework to be completed prior to class.

    The essential O&M lessons cover: the benefits of O&M training for travel and employment; overview of sensory, spatial & environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; outdoor travel; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis; public transportation & trip planning; and introduction to electronic travel devices, GPS & wayfinding technologies.

    The course runs Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 19, 21, 27 & 28 and February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 & 25 from 10:00 am to noon.

    Registration deadline is January 8, 2021. To register for the course and hear about the fees and materials,  please contact Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org and contact your DOR Counselor.

  • iCanConnect Information Session for People who are DeafBlind

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    iCanConnect Information Session for People who are DeafBlind


    Feb 19

    If you are a Deaf-Blind person in need of new technology and training to access email, social media, Zoom, or other distance telecommunication, this one’s for you. LightHouse’s iCanConnect (iCC) program is hosting a series of Q&A Sessions for interested community members and potential applicants with Nai Damato, the iCC access technology trainer, and Alyah Thomas, the program assistant. The iCanConnect program provides eligible, deaf-blind, low-income applicants of all ages with new technology, training, and support after training is complete. We can provide a range of equipment depending on individual need and skills, for example: iPhones with Braille displays; computers with screen readers and noise canceling headsets to hear JAWs; assistance with upgrading software such as ZoomText or JAWS; or providing braille displays to folks who can no longer hear the speech on the screen reader, but can read email using a braille display.

    If you or someone you know might be interested in the program, please join us at one of the following dates:

    January: Tuesday 1/12 from 3:00-4:00pm or Friday 1/15 from 12:00-1:00pm
    February: Friday 2/19 from 12:00-1:00pm
    March: Monday 3/15 from 3:00-4:00, Friday 3/19 from 12:00-1:00pm

    For more information about the program or to RSVP for an event, please email program assistant, Alyah Thomas, at athomas@lighthouse-sf.org

    Changing Vision Changing Life – Orientation

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    Changing Vision Changing Life – Orientation


    Feb 19

    Changing Vision Changing Life (CVCL) is for those who are new to blindness or having low vision and want to get a full overview of the essential training that will be beneficial for work, home, school and life. Students will be with a cohort of up to ten peers. CVCL starts with a day of thinking and grows into a week of learning, connecting and doing. 

    This one-week course runs every day with all classes are on Zoom.  In addition to the week of training, there will be an Orientation Session Friday, February 19 from 2:00-4:00 and a follow-up meetup on Friday March 5, from 10:00 am to noon after the conclusion of the course. During the training week, there are three, two-hour learning sessions every day except Friday the 26. Each day of training begins at 9:30am and ends at 7:30pm with breaks for lunch and dinner. For three mornings, students who are truly morning people will have the option to start their day even earlier with yoga.

    This week-long course is designed for adults who desire a deep introduction to independent living through travel (Orientation & Mobility), Access Technology, and Independent Living Skill and who also want a venue to have rich discussion with peers and our professional staff about the opportunity and choices that are ahead.  Everyone will receive a packet of materials to enhance learning throughout the week and we will end the week with a morning cooking session (in students’ own kitchens) and lunch together.

     

    If you are a Consumer of Vocational Rehabilitation, in California or any other state, you will need an authorization from your Rehabilitation Counselor as there is a fee for the course. If you are not with Vocational Rehabilitation and 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 is no charge for instruction, however there is a materials fee of $40.  

    To participate, all students must be able to make a commitment to all sessions (including the pre-Orientation and post-course meetup).  You do not have to have a computer to participate via Zoom, but you must have a reliable speaker phone (smart phone or landline) to participate and call in.

    Registration is required and the deadline to register is Tuesday, February 16, 2021. To register, please contact Debbie Bacon, DBacon@lighthouse-sf.org or Janet Pomerantz (Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte residents), JPomerantz@lighthouse-sf.org.            

  • California Council of the Blind San Francisco Chapter Monthly Meeting

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    California Council of the Blind San Francisco Chapter Monthly Meeting


    Feb 20

    The monthly meeting of the San Francisco Chapter of the California Council of the Blind takes place on the third Saturday at 10:30 AM. We will be meeting on Zoom during the LightHouse closure. All are welcome. To RSVP and to receive Zoom meeting call information, write to Frank Welte at Frank.A.Welte@gmail.com, or call him at 510-541-1442.

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!