LightHouse offices are closed for in-person services through July 1, 2021. Check the calendar below for our offering of online classes.
Employment Immersion October Virtual Workshop
October's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from October 5 through 30.
There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.
Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.
To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact the team through email: EIteam@lighthouse-sf.org.
The Business of Blindness Phone Chat: Make Coffee and Call Mike Cole
What does it really mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, will lead this call-in forum to discuss the many day-to-day ins-and-outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies. There's always a lively crowd sharing their own experiences, so make a cup of coffee (or tea), sit in your favorite chair and call in to chat the business of blindness.
For more information including dial in details, contact Serena Olsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-694-7316.
Get Moving: O & M For Independent Travel for Adults 55+
What is this Course?
It is a comprehensive 12-class O&M training distance course using the Zoom Video Conference platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe and independent travel.
The course is divided into 12 two-hour lessons: two lessons per week over six weeks. The total instruction time for the course is 24 hours.
The 12 essential O&M lessons cover: The Benefits of O&M Training; Overview of Sensory, Spatial & Environmental Awareness; Orientation Strategies and Skills; Tactile Graphics/TMAPS; 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 is intended for Bay Area residents who are 55 yrs and older.
Who Would Benefit From this Course?
- Students who are blind or low vision who have little or no familiarity with O&M.
- Students with recent vision loss or vision change.
- Students who self-report that they have lost or have not used their O&M skills.
- Students who self-report that they are not confident using their learned O&M skills.
This Course is not intended for independent active travelers
Low Vision Skills: Putting it All Together
This course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.
Adults 55 and over are invited to participate in a four-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision and practical means to maximize safe and independent living skills. The course is divided into four lessons over two weeks: a 2-hour introductory lesson with a Low Vision Optometrist and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by three, 2-hour lessons which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists.
It is a comprehensive skills training distance course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing safe and independent daily living skills. After the four-session course, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Thereafter, participants can be eligible for individualized Low Vision Therapy lessons.
The classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing (preferred) or phone at the following dates and times:
Monday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 21 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Monday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 28 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
There are no costs associated with this course for adults 55 and over living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. For those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is $150.00, plus materials.
Please RSVP by Thursday, October 8 to be able to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, October 19. To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at email@example.com Opens in new tab The class is limited to ten students.
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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