Although many California state COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on June 15, LightHouse plans to open for in-person services no sooner than late summer in order to protect the health and safety of our staff and students.
Hands-On Workshop: Developing Tactile Learning Strategies
This is a 4-week series of classes focusing on foundational skills for tactile development. Classes meet once a week, and each class is 2.0 hours. The concepts and skills learned in the course can be applied to most Independent Living Skills. This course is appropriate for students who are new to the Lighthouse, new to vision loss, and who are ready to actively participate in all 4 classes.
Course Goal: To provide students with strong foundational skills to increase their awareness of the tactile sense in all aspects of daily activities. We want this to become a natural way of interacting with and exploring the environment.
Dates: Fridays, from 10:00 to 12:00 (including a short break)
4 Classes: June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25.
Instructors: Dawn Leeflang (email@example.com), Bobbi Pompey (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Patti Rose (email@example.com) or firstname.lastname@example.org
- • What is the Tactile Sense? Being mindful and describing what you are feeling.
• Learning to identify objects and places by touch.
• Exploring adaptive tools related to touch.
• Tactile skills for learning, measuring, interpreting raised lines, for activities of daily living.
• Class project will involve using one’s tactile sense to plant herb seeds and to monitor progress. (Seeds, dirt, and pot will be included with the materials).
• Class activity in the kitchen, will involve using one’s tactile sense to make bread or oat/nut butter balls. (Students will use their own materials for this activity).
• Will use the Zoom Video Conferencing Platform; will require reliable phone or internet service. Students can participate with video on, or by phone.
• Hands-on learning will be emphasized, through guided activities and assignments between classes.
• Students will be highly encouraged to perform all stationary activities under occlusion.
• We will allow class time for sharing ideas, and there may be a guest speaker.
• Some class materials will be sent to students ahead of time, and students will be asked to gather some materials from their own homes.
• Class notes will be provided in electronic format, large print, or Braille on request.
This course is free for adults 55 and older, who are not receiving services with the California Department of Rehabilitation, and who are living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. However, there is a $10 materials fee for the 55 and older participants.
Important: please RSVP by Thursday May 27 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Friday June 4.
If you are new to the LightHouse, please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or email@example.com. to register. If you have participated in LightHouse classes before, please register with Patti Rose and firstname.lastname@example.org
For adults who are clients of the Department of Rehabilitation, you need to get approval from your counselor, and authorizations for the class and for materials; authorizations can be sent to email@example.com Deadline is May 27.
Space is limited to 10 participants. If the limit is reached, you will be put on a wait-list for a future session, TBD.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- • To have a greater understanding and appreciation of the benefit of using the tactile sense in one’s daily life.
• To identify and develop tactile strategies for identifying objects and places.
• To identify adaptive tools that require use of their tactile sense.
• To have hands-on practice using their tactile sense in a variety of daily living activities.
• To develop the language of describing tactile elements of objects and places.
Select the Right Tech: App Edition
Back by popular demand, Select the Right Tech connects access technology users with the companies who make products for our community. This year’s virtual Select the Right Tech will feature developers of mainstream and specialized apps for the blind and low vision community. Don’t miss this chance to ask your questions to the makers of the apps you love, and to learn about apps you haven’t tried yet. A schedule of the day’s presentations will be published the week prior to the event, RSVP now to receive the Zoom invite.
Here is the schedule:
1:00 pm Welcome to LightHouse
Presented by Erin Lauridsen, Director of Access Technology
1:10 pm Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.
Presented by Will Butler, VP Community
1:45 pm Microsoft Soundscape
Microsoft Soundscape uses 3D spatial audio to promote a person’s mobility and independence by enhancing their awareness of their surroundings by calling out landmarks and points of interest from where they actually are.
Presented by Melanie Kneisel, Software Development Engineer
2:15 pm Spotify
Spotify is a digital music, podcast, and video service that gives you access to millions of songs and other content from creators all over the world.
Presented by Philip Strain, User Research and Accessibility Lead
2:45 pm Voice Dream Scanner
Voice Dream apps are designed for accessibility, and Voice Dream Scanner is a fast and accurate OCR scanner for everyday use.
Presented by Winston Chen, Founder and Developer
3:15 pm Aira
Aira is an app that utilizes your smart phone’s camera to connect with professionally trained agents who provide visual information to accomplish tasks, navigate and enhance your experiences.
Presented by Jenine Stanley, Director, Customer Communications
3:45 pm GoodMaps Explore
GoodMaps Explore helps people who are visually impaired navigate safely and efficiently.
Presented by Mike May, Chief Evangelist
This event is free and open to all, those who RSVP in advance will be eligible to win door prizes.
This event is free and open to all, those who RSVP in advance will be eligible to win door prizes!
LightHouse thanks Oracle for their generous sponsorship of this event.
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.