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 email@example.com 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 - a 6-week remote course
Tuesday and Thursdays, October 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29 and November 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 & 19 from 10:00 a.m. to noon
This is a comprehensive 6-week 14-class course using Zoom to introduce consumers to foundational Orientation & Mobility concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel and for gaining or retaining employment. It’s taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists, Robert Alminana and Jennifer Huey. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 28 hours. This total includes two hours of individual pre-class assessment and Zoom procedures, and two hours of individual 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 12 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.
Who will benefit from the course?
- Consumers who are blind or low vision who have little or no familiarity with O&M or have had recent vision loss or vision change.
- Consumers who self-report that they have lost or have not used their O&M skills or are not confident using their learned O&M skills.
- Consumers who would gain from developing their existing skills with an in-depth O&M training refresher.
How will participants benefit from the course?
- Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel and that a person needs to gain or 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.
- Specific workshops and additional topical classes for in-depth learning and practical application are also available.
This class is frequently sponsored by the California Department of Rehabilitation. Please work with your counselor to arrange for enrollment. However, if you wish to pay for the class privately, the total fee for this 6-week 14-class course with materials is $1,302.60.
What are the required materials will be needed for the course?
Students will receive teaching materials at the start of class:
- Intersection Map Set: $125.00
- Mixed Bump Dots: $7.60 ($7.00 + 8.50 SF sales tax)
- Shipping and handling: $15.00
- Complimentary materials supplied by LightHouse for the Blind: signature guide and hands-free organizing bag called Kanga-Pak
What information should DOR authorizations contain?
- Only one authorization for both the course and materials will be needed
- Itemize the cost of the class and materials separately
- For Course: “Orientation and Mobility Class (Get Moving Course): 14 @ $82.50 = $1,155.00”
- For Materials: “Materials: $147.60”
- Total amount: $1,302.60
To register, please have your Department of Rehabilitation Counselor send authorizations to 1Referral@lighthouse-sf.org no later than Friday, October 2
Space is limited to ten students. If you have more questions regarding this course, would like an electronic copy of the full curriculum, or if you are unsure if your Consumer is ready for this course, please contact Robert Alminana at RAlminana@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7375, or Jennifer Huey at JHuey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7376.
Tech Together Online: Siri Says
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.
October 6: The Wonder of Web Browsers
Web browsers are the software your computer and phone use to access web pages. Does it matter which web browser you use? What features of web browsers are important for those of us using access technology? What web browser features can help keep our information private when we go online? We’ll answer these questions and more.
October 13: What’s New in iOS 14
We’ll highlight what is new and what has changed in Apple’s latest operating system for iPhone users.
October 20: Victor Voyages
The Humanware Victor Stream and Victor Trek are popular tools for reading, recording, and accessing information. We’ll take a deep dive in to the features of these devices. If you have a Victor or are just wondering why that name is so often mentioned, this Tech Together is for you.
October 27: Siri Says
To round out our recent coverage of voice assistants, we’ll discuss the many things Siri can do, on both the iPhone and the Home Pod speaker
Join us for one or all these conversations. RSVP to ADecker@lighthouse-sf.org or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7343.
Not So Bored Game Night (online)
Each week students from the Lighthouse Youth Program gather for our virtual Not So Bored Game Night. A weekly evening of fun and games for Blind and low vision youth from all over. Games start at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings and will include trivia contests, scavenger hunts and other interactive games that will have youth making friends. In addition, the LightHouse staff each week’s games will be led by a guest mentor that will also share insight into their education, career and life as a person who is blind or has low vision.
Who: students under 18 that are blind or have low vision
What: weekly game night and guest mentor spotlight via zoom When: Tuesday 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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.