We have resumed select face-to-face services for students by appointment and virtual classes continue to be offered. If you would like to discuss face-to-face services, please get in touch with your current LightHouse contact. All other inquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 415-431-1481.
LightHouse will be closed Monday, January 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I
Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.
There will be two sessions:
Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).
When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.
Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey
Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.
When: Date: August 17 through September 23, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.
Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams
Who qualifies for this course?
- State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.
- Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
- People 55 and over
What do you need to take this course?
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/or listen to podcasts.
What is this course about?
This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.
The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.
Who would benefit from the course?
- People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
- People who have had a recent change in vision.
- People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
- People looking for an O&M refresher.
How will participants benefit?
- Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
- Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.
How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?
- This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
- The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)
What is the cost of this course?
Session I: $1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials
Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties. If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.
What materials will be used during the course?
- Bump dots, mixed
- Tactile Maps (TMAP)
- Intersection map set
- Wikki Stix
- Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.
How to register for one of these courses?
Tech Together Online: 100 things to say to Alexa
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. Here are the topics for September:
September 1: 100 things to say to Alexa
Are you making the most of your Amazon smart speaker? We’ll cover a wide variety of things you can ask Alexa without having to enable third party skills.
September 8: What About Google?
If you have a Google smart speaker, we’ll cover a range of tips and tricks for how to make the most of everything it can do.
September 15 Apps for Exploring Your World
We’ll share apps that can provide information on streets, route planning, and transit schedules.
September 22: Understanding Web Elements
If you are a screen reader user, you likely hear about headings, links, landmarks, tables and more, every time you venture on to the world wide web. We’ll share an overview of what these elements do, and how they can make your web browsing experience more efficient.
This workshop 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: AT@lighthouse-sf.org or by leaving a voicemail at: 415-694-7343 Please note that we need your email address to invite you to the Zoom meeting, so RSVP via email is preferred.
The events for the upcoming week are read aloud on our event hotline every Friday, which can be accessed by calling (415)694-7325.
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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.