LightHouse offices are closed for in-person services through April 5, 2021. Check the calendar below for our offering of online classes.
All LightHouse locations will be closed on January 18 in observance of 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?
Lost In Space: A Virtual Workshop On Orientation
Do you have a terrible sense of direction? Is it hard to learn your way around new spaces? Are you afraid to explore new places on your own? If so, this workshop is for you. Come discover what you can do at home to improve your sense of direction. Learn about three components of spatial orientation and what you can do to strengthen your skill in these area. Learn the benefits of cardinal directions and using your smartphone’s built-in compass, explore the power of being able to read and even construct tactile maps, and understand the importance of correctly estimating distances and using spatial vocabulary words. The workshop will include practical things that you can do every day to improve the way you understand and navigate space.
This 2-hour Zoom presentation is provided at no cost to students living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity Counties; attendees living in other areas are asked to pay a $75 fee, payable by credit card.
RSVP to Sarah McIntyre at SMcintyre@lighthouse-sf.org 415-694-7611 by August 18, 2020. Space is limited to 20 participants.
Take Note: Online Notetaking Workshop
Are you tracking a dozen Zoom meetings a week? How about preparing for an upcoming exam? Are you trying to keep track of the names and numbers of folks you've met through online networking events? Perhaps you are preparing for school, in person, or in the virtual classroom. Maybe you are simply interested in learning different ways to take notes? If so, take note of this upcoming workshop. Join us for a notetaking workshop to discuss a variety of options for writing down, organizing, and reviewing information.
Whether you’re managing a full course load, or you just want a better way of jotting down phone numbers and book recommendations, this workshop will have something for everyone. This workshop will take place on Zoom. RSVP ADecker@lighthouse-sf.org or by leaving a voicemail at 415-694-7343. RSVP by 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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