Calendar

LightHouse will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 for the Juneteenth holiday.

Events in June 2024

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May 30(1 event)

11:00 am: Create In Community (in-person)


May 30

Enter a place of curiosity and discovery with likeminded people.  Learn how to make both functional and fanciful things while acquiring new hacks to measure and manage materials with little or no sight. Experimentation, problem solving and good conversation pair nicely with found objects, clay, fun papers and other materials to create one of a kind, DIY items for fun and function.

This month, May, let’s break out he air-dry clay and explore hand building techniques to create sculptures and vessels.

No RSVPs needed. For questions, contact Maia Scott at MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

May 31(2 events)

10:00 am: Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


May 31

Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older.

Interested in learning more about using Al apps on your iPhone or Android?

The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing Al App on iPhone and Android.

Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

    • Read mail
    • Read a bill
    • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
    • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
    • Identify what currency you are handing a cashierCathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you such as mail, a can of food etc.

Where: Earle Baum Center  at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3.

Prerequisites:

  • Have Seeing Al app downloaded on iPhone or Android.
  • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users.
  • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center.

RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

12:00 pm: Meet Me in the Kitchen (in-person)


May 31

“Meet me in the kitchen,” is a five-week course designed to empower LightHouse students with the non-visual techniques needed to prepare and present delicious meals independently. This course is created and taught by Bobbi Pompey, a Independent Living Skills Specialist with a passion for cooking and teaching. Each week you will learn non-visual kitchen skills, general cooking tips and tricks, and prepare a snack or meal.

Skills You Will Learn Include:

  • Organizing, labeling, and preparing your kitchen and work space
  • Measuring wet and dry ingredients
    Using knives, kitchen appliances, blindness/low vision gadgets and other “tools of the trade”
  • Understanding how to build flavor profiles, decipher lingo used in recipes, and determine the doneness of food
  • Serving, garnishing, and presenting meals with multiple dishes to friends and family, and other guests

    Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: May 10 - Welcome and Course Overview
    This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, a tour of the kitchen, and an introduction to basic techniques for navigating a kitchen. Class will conclude with a lesson on pouring and spreading and the preparation of a snack.
  • Session 2, May 17 - Cracking the Code
    By the end of this session, you will understand how to decipher common recipe lingo, develop delicious flavor profiles with spices stock a pantry with basic staples, and shop for groceries independently. Techniques for measuring will be used to create a spice rub and/or basic sauce.
  • Session 3: May 24 - Getting the Job Done
    Knife skills are the main focus of this session. Students will make a simple one-pot soup and learn to determine when food is done.
  • Session 4: May 31 - Learning to Spin All the Plates
    This class marks the transition into the more advanced portion of the course. Labeling, organizing, blindness devices, kitchen gadgets, and the use of small appliances will be covered as ways to add efficiency to meal preparation. You will prepare a three part meal during this session.
  •  No class June 7
  • Session 5: June 14 - Putting On the Finishing Touches
    Taking all the skills of previous classes you will learn to; serve yourself, serve others, set a table, and decorate and/or garnish a meal.

Spots in this fun and educational course are limited, so secure your participation by contacting Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by April 26.

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Jun 3(2 events)

9:30 am: The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


Jun 3

What does it mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, leads this call-in forum to discuss the day-to-day ins and outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies.

RSVP for The Business of Blindness online or to Sabrina Bolus at Sbolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

11:00 am: Technology Club at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jun 3

This is a blended meeting which means you may attend in person on campus or by phone.
Overview of adaptive technology, learning about devices and apps with staff Cathy, and Jacques. To join the Technology email mail list call EBC main office: 707-523-3222.

Jun 4(1 event)

7:30 pm: LightHouse Youth Listen and Lounge (online)


Jun 4

Are you a teen or young adult who is blind, visually impaired, or low vision? Are you searching for an enjoyable and meaningful way to connect with peers who share your experiences? Look no further! Join The LightHouse Youth Program for our monthly social gathering over Zoom, where blind and low vision youth come together for an unforgettable evening of connection and camaraderie.

Each month, we curate an exciting lineup of virtual activities, including games, trivia challenges, karaoke sessions, and more! But our gatherings are about more than just having fun; they're about fostering genuine connections within the blind and low vision community. Additionally, our events may feature special guest mentors or presenters who offer valuable insights and experiences, enriching our discussions and supporting personal growth.

Most importantly, it's an opportunity for youth to connect with other blind and low vision individuals who understand their journey. Whether you are a trivia aficionado, a karaoke enthusiast, or simply eager to meet new friends, our monthly gatherings offer something for everyone.

Mark your calendars for the First Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm, and RSVP with the LightHouse Youth team by emailing Youth@lighthouse-sf.org. Join us as we come together to laugh, learn, and forge lasting connections. Your seat at the virtual table awaits – we can't wait to meet you!

Who: Blind and Low Vision Teens and Young Adults
What: Monthly social gathering over Zoom where blind and low vision youth connect over games, trivia, karaoke, and other virtual activities, fostering lasting connections in the blind and low vision community
When: First Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm (May 7th, June 4th, July, 2th, August 6th)
Where: Anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
RSVP: through our online RSVP form or by emailing the Youth Team at Youth@lighthouse-sf.org.

If you're interested in our Listen and Lounge series, have questions about our Youth Programs, or would like to sign up for LightHouse services, please don't hesitate to reach out to our youth team at Youth@lighthouse-sf.org.

Jun 5(1 event)

10:00 am: Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together (hybrid) **Registration Closed***


Jun 5

The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.

Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a virtual course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments.

The virtual portion of the course is six classes over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory class with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour classes which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists. Included in the course: a pre-course assessment one week prior to the start of the course, ongoing support during the course, one in-person half-day group lesson, and one individualized lesson for a total of 8 lessons.

It is a comprehensive skills training course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the 6 virtual classes, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Class 7 is a half-day, in-person Group Adaptive Devices and Strategies Demonstration at the San Francisco LightHouse Headquarters. Thereafter, participants are eligible for Class 8, an individualized Low Vision Therapy lesson.

The six virtual classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing (independent Zoom video skills required for all virtual classes), best viewed on a large screen tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options) at the following dates and times (Pacific Standard Time):

Week of April 29: Course Introduction and Pre-Course Assessment by Zoom video call

Six online classes Mondays & Wednesdays: May 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 & 22, from 9:45 am to 12:15 pm

In-person class Wednesday, June 5 at LightHouse Headquarters in San Francisco from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm: Group Adaptive Devices and Strategies Demonstration. There will be a hour break for provided lunch and further peer interaction.

By June 26: In-person individualized follow-up low vision skills lesson tailored to the unique needs of each participant

If you are not with the California Department of Rehabilitation, and if you are age 55 and older, living in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity, there may be partial scholarship funding for training and course materials. For adults working with the California Department of Rehabilitation, please contact your Rehabilitation Counselor directly to discuss participation and referral.

The registration for this course is currently closed. All interested parties need to have a Low Vision Evaluation completed within one year prior to the start of any low vision course. Please contact Esmerelda Soto at 415-694-7323 or by email at ESoto@lighthouse-sf.org for any questions and planning for a LightHouse Services Orientation and Assessment day. Any appropriate Low Vision course referrals will then be placed on our waitlist for the next available class (dates TBA).

Jun 6(1 event)

11:00 am: Mobile Make Art Activation with the Museum of Craft and Design (in-person)


Jun 6

The Museum of Craft and Design returns to LightHouse.

Our Mobile Make Art Activation for June features a project inspired by LightHouse community art participants expressing a desire to show work in the community that expresses the diverse ways we seGe the world beyond the label of blindness. Join us to create a collage square using tactile materials that will be integrated into an interactive collaboration. You will also have the opportunity to share a bit of your story with MCD staff who will include it on the back of your piece, readable with a Pen Friend. The finished work will travel with the Make Art program throughout San Francisco where people of all ages and abilities will have the chance to experience it haptically and audibly. This is a great chance to be seen and heard in a unique way. We hope to generate at least nine squares. Please consider sharing your voice and your wisdom to help bring the project to life.

RSVP to Maia Scott: MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

 

Jun 7(1 event)

10:00 am: Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


Jun 7

Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older. Interested in learning more about using AI apps on your iPhone or Android? The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing AI App on iPhone and Android.

Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing AI App to:

  • Read mail
  • Read a bill
  • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
  • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
  • Identify what currency you are handing a cashier

What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you, such as mail, a can of food etc.

Where: Earle Baum Center at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3

Prerequisites:

  • Have Seeing AI app downloaded on iPhone or Android
  • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users
  • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center

RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Jun 8(1 event)

(All day): 2024 Sea Kayaking and Overnight Camping with ETC (in-person)

(All day)
Jun 8 Jun 9

Saturday, June 8, from 8:15 am to Sunday, June 9 at 4:30 am

Calling all blind and low vision teens and young adults! Embark on an unforgettable journey with LightHouse friends from Environmental travel Companions ETC as we explore the tranquil waters of Tomales Bay through an exhilarating sea kayaking excursion followed by an overnight camping experience on a scenic beach. Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity to connect with nature, learn new skills, and make lasting memories with fellow adventurers! Reserve your place today!

Starting from the picturesque Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park, our kayaking adventure will take you through the tranquil waters surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Whether you are a seasoned paddler or new to kayaking, our experienced guides will provide the necessary instruction and support to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. After a day of paddling, we will set up camp on a scenic beach, where you will have the opportunity to unwind, bond with fellow adventurers, and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Share stories around the campfire and create memories that will last a lifetime. Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore the wonders of Tomales Bay while building confidence and independence in a supportive environment. Spaces are limited, so secure your place today by contacting us to sign up. Prepare to embark on an adventure of a lifetime with LightHouse and ETC. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

For more information about the ETC Sea Kayaking Program please visit – The ETC Sea Kayaking Program Page

Who: blind and low vision teen and young adults
What: kayaking and overnight camping trip ETC in Tomeles Bay
When: Saturday, June 8th 8:15 am to Sunday, June 9th 4:30 pm
Where: Kayaking trip will start and end at Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park

Transportation: optional round-trip shuttle from LightHouse Headquarters @ 1155 Market St. to our Kayaking launch site at Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park

Cost: The cost of the trip is $150.00 per student and includes lunch, kayaking equipment, and orientation lessons taught by experienced kayaking guides (limited scholarships available)

RSVP: Students must submit payment and ALL necessary paperwork before one's spot in the trip will be confirmed. The deadline to sign up for this trip is Friday, May 31th.

For more details and to register, please reach out to Jamey Gump by phone: (415) 694-7372 or email: youth@lighthouse-sf.org.

Jun 9(1 event)

(All day): 2024 Sea Kayaking and Overnight Camping with ETC (in-person)

(All day)
Jun 8 Jun 9

Saturday, June 8, from 8:15 am to Sunday, June 9 at 4:30 am

Calling all blind and low vision teens and young adults! Embark on an unforgettable journey with LightHouse friends from Environmental travel Companions ETC as we explore the tranquil waters of Tomales Bay through an exhilarating sea kayaking excursion followed by an overnight camping experience on a scenic beach. Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity to connect with nature, learn new skills, and make lasting memories with fellow adventurers! Reserve your place today!

Starting from the picturesque Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park, our kayaking adventure will take you through the tranquil waters surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Whether you are a seasoned paddler or new to kayaking, our experienced guides will provide the necessary instruction and support to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. After a day of paddling, we will set up camp on a scenic beach, where you will have the opportunity to unwind, bond with fellow adventurers, and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Share stories around the campfire and create memories that will last a lifetime. Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore the wonders of Tomales Bay while building confidence and independence in a supportive environment. Spaces are limited, so secure your place today by contacting us to sign up. Prepare to embark on an adventure of a lifetime with LightHouse and ETC. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

For more information about the ETC Sea Kayaking Program please visit – The ETC Sea Kayaking Program Page

Who: blind and low vision teen and young adults
What: kayaking and overnight camping trip ETC in Tomeles Bay
When: Saturday, June 8th 8:15 am to Sunday, June 9th 4:30 pm
Where: Kayaking trip will start and end at Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park

Transportation: optional round-trip shuttle from LightHouse Headquarters @ 1155 Market St. to our Kayaking launch site at Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park

Cost: The cost of the trip is $150.00 per student and includes lunch, kayaking equipment, and orientation lessons taught by experienced kayaking guides (limited scholarships available)

RSVP: Students must submit payment and ALL necessary paperwork before one's spot in the trip will be confirmed. The deadline to sign up for this trip is Friday, May 31th.

For more details and to register, please reach out to Jamey Gump by phone: (415) 694-7372 or email: youth@lighthouse-sf.org.

Jun 10(3 events)

9:30 am: Introduction to AT Summer Session: June 2024 (in-person)


Jun 10

Introduction To Access Technology, June 2024 Session

Course Description:

The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Jacques Law to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

Class Names & Dates:

Class 1: What is Access Technology?
Monday, June 10, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 2: Access Technology on Computers
Tuesday, June 11, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 3: Access Technology on Mobile Devices
Wednesday, June 12, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 4: Workshops 1, 2, and 3
Thursday, June 13, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 5: Workshops 4, 5, and 6
Friday, June 14, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Where:
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
1155 Market Street, Floor 10
San Francisco Ca, 94103

Course Prerequisites:

To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:
1. Live in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
a. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
b. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
c. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

How To RSVP:

To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registration closes on Thursday, June 6.

9:30 am: The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


Jun 10

What does it mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, leads this call-in forum to discuss the day-to-day ins and outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies.

RSVP for The Business of Blindness online or to Sabrina Bolus at Sbolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

5:00 pm: Toastmasters: LightHouse Visionaries (online)


Jun 10

LightHouse Visionaries provides blind and visually impaired people with a supportive and fun environment to develop public speaking and leadership skills, empowering us to enhance our personal and professional lives.

Toastmasters is a place to develop skills of self-empowerment. It's a place to practice public speaking, improve communication, and build leadership skills. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.

RSVP online for Toastmasters, or contact Sabrina Bolus at Sbolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

Jun 11(2 events)

9:30 am: Introduction to AT Summer Session: June 2024 (in-person)


Jun 11

Introduction To Access Technology, June 2024 Session

Course Description:

The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Jacques Law to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

Class Names & Dates:

Class 1: What is Access Technology?
Monday, June 10, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 2: Access Technology on Computers
Tuesday, June 11, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 3: Access Technology on Mobile Devices
Wednesday, June 12, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 4: Workshops 1, 2, and 3
Thursday, June 13, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 5: Workshops 4, 5, and 6
Friday, June 14, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Where:
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
1155 Market Street, Floor 10
San Francisco Ca, 94103

Course Prerequisites:

To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:
1. Live in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
a. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
b. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
c. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

How To RSVP:

To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registration closes on Thursday, June 6.

10:30 am: The Language of Listening (online)


Jun 11

The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, return to school or work, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

Student Criteria:

Students interested in this course can be of any skill level and fall anywhere on the spectrum of blindness. They should be comfortable learning in a group setting, willing to actively participate in classes, able to commit to attend all six (6) sessions in there entirety, be able to access the Zoom platform, and be able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones.

Course Materials: A pair of over the ear headphones with a microphone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be more prepared to transition from utilizing visual input to using auditory input text to speech
  • Students will understand the clues about documents provided by text to speech.
  • Students will learn to analyze their environment, identify sounds, and determine how to best use the auditory information they are receiving in order to problem solve and complete various tasks of daily living

Students will be provided with a foundation of interpreting audio cues when traveling indoors and outdoors

Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 11 - Welcome & Course Overview This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, and introduction to auditory skills, the completion of a pre-test, and time for questions.
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 13 - A Deep Dive into “Thinking in Sound”
    The goal of this session is to introduce common examples of how to utilize auditory cues. Students will begin by identifying the type of learner they are and how to supplement that with auditory input. Tips for reading comprehension and interpersonal communication will also be covered.
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 18 - Around the House
    This session will focus on the application of auditory skills within the area of independent living. Cooking, note-taking, object location-identification, and labeling are some of the skill areas that will be covered.
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 20 - Voices, Tones, and Beeps! Oh My
    This session will introduce students to the audio information provided by various forms of mainstream and access technology. Students will be exposed to various types of voices and indication sounds. They will learn how to determine what the certain indicators mean and which voice characteristics are most appropriate for various tasks.
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 25 - Out & About
    An O&M Specialist will join this session to discuss the intersection of orientation and mobility skills with auditory skills. Students will be provided with relevant examples and guided through the process of siphoning out the most useful auditory information amongst the plethora of noise in outside and unfamiliar environments.
  • Session 6: Thursday, June 27 - Putting It All Together
    This session will include time for final questions, a discussion about the process of transitioning to the usage of more auditory input, and a discussion of how t determine when it may be appropriate to use vision as well(this is known as the “Use Your Vision When it is F.U.N.,” technique). Students will also complete the post-test during this session.

    RSVP to Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by June 4.

Jun 12(1 event)

9:30 am: Introduction to AT Summer Session: June 2024 (in-person)


Jun 12

Introduction To Access Technology, June 2024 Session

Course Description:

The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Jacques Law to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

Class Names & Dates:

Class 1: What is Access Technology?
Monday, June 10, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 2: Access Technology on Computers
Tuesday, June 11, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 3: Access Technology on Mobile Devices
Wednesday, June 12, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 4: Workshops 1, 2, and 3
Thursday, June 13, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 5: Workshops 4, 5, and 6
Friday, June 14, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Where:
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
1155 Market Street, Floor 10
San Francisco Ca, 94103

Course Prerequisites:

To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:
1. Live in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
a. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
b. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
c. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

How To RSVP:

To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registration closes on Thursday, June 6.

Jun 13(3 events)

9:30 am: Introduction to AT Summer Session: June 2024 (in-person)


Jun 13

Introduction To Access Technology, June 2024 Session

Course Description:

The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Jacques Law to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

Class Names & Dates:

Class 1: What is Access Technology?
Monday, June 10, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 2: Access Technology on Computers
Tuesday, June 11, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 3: Access Technology on Mobile Devices
Wednesday, June 12, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 4: Workshops 1, 2, and 3
Thursday, June 13, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 5: Workshops 4, 5, and 6
Friday, June 14, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Where:
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
1155 Market Street, Floor 10
San Francisco Ca, 94103

Course Prerequisites:

To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:
1. Live in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
a. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
b. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
c. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

How To RSVP:

To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registration closes on Thursday, June 6.

10:30 am: The Language of Listening (online)


Jun 13

The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, return to school or work, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

Student Criteria:

Students interested in this course can be of any skill level and fall anywhere on the spectrum of blindness. They should be comfortable learning in a group setting, willing to actively participate in classes, able to commit to attend all six (6) sessions in there entirety, be able to access the Zoom platform, and be able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones.

Course Materials: A pair of over the ear headphones with a microphone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be more prepared to transition from utilizing visual input to using auditory input text to speech
  • Students will understand the clues about documents provided by text to speech.
  • Students will learn to analyze their environment, identify sounds, and determine how to best use the auditory information they are receiving in order to problem solve and complete various tasks of daily living

Students will be provided with a foundation of interpreting audio cues when traveling indoors and outdoors

Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 11 - Welcome & Course Overview This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, and introduction to auditory skills, the completion of a pre-test, and time for questions.
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 13 - A Deep Dive into “Thinking in Sound”
    The goal of this session is to introduce common examples of how to utilize auditory cues. Students will begin by identifying the type of learner they are and how to supplement that with auditory input. Tips for reading comprehension and interpersonal communication will also be covered.
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 18 - Around the House
    This session will focus on the application of auditory skills within the area of independent living. Cooking, note-taking, object location-identification, and labeling are some of the skill areas that will be covered.
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 20 - Voices, Tones, and Beeps! Oh My
    This session will introduce students to the audio information provided by various forms of mainstream and access technology. Students will be exposed to various types of voices and indication sounds. They will learn how to determine what the certain indicators mean and which voice characteristics are most appropriate for various tasks.
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 25 - Out & About
    An O&M Specialist will join this session to discuss the intersection of orientation and mobility skills with auditory skills. Students will be provided with relevant examples and guided through the process of siphoning out the most useful auditory information amongst the plethora of noise in outside and unfamiliar environments.
  • Session 6: Thursday, June 27 - Putting It All Together
    This session will include time for final questions, a discussion about the process of transitioning to the usage of more auditory input, and a discussion of how t determine when it may be appropriate to use vision as well(this is known as the “Use Your Vision When it is F.U.N.,” technique). Students will also complete the post-test during this session.

    RSVP to Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by June 4.

11:00 am: Create In Community Art Class (in-person)


Jun 13

Join us in the 11th floor craft room at LightHouse San Francisco for an open studio to finish out your existing projects before Create in Community goes on hiatus until the start of August. We will finish painting air-dry projects, prep materials to take home and continue making cordage, fine-tune mixed media creations and decide what to take home. Join us to finish what you started or to have a look at what we have been creating.

Send questions to Maia Scott at MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

Jun 14(4 events)

9:30 am: Introduction to AT Summer Session: June 2024 (in-person)


Jun 14

Introduction To Access Technology, June 2024 Session

Course Description:

The Access Technology team is delighted to offer an in-person immersion introducing new students to access technology. Join Kacie Cappello, Fernando Macias, and Jacques Law to explore the concepts and tools you will need to use devices confidently and comfortably. We will discuss access technology vocabulary in an approachable, digestible and jargon-free manner. We will provide overviews of low vision enhancements and spoken feedback tools available for computers, smartphones and tablets. There will be workshops on dedicated devices, getting to know your phone, options for notetaking, access-optimized apps, resources and technical support contacts.

Please note that lunch will not be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch.

Class Names & Dates:

Class 1: What is Access Technology?
Monday, June 10, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 2: Access Technology on Computers
Tuesday, June 11, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 3: Access Technology on Mobile Devices
Wednesday, June 12, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 4: Workshops 1, 2, and 3
Thursday, June 13, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Class 5: Workshops 4, 5, and 6
Friday, June 14, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Where:
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco
1155 Market Street, Floor 10
San Francisco Ca, 94103

Course Prerequisites:

To participate and fully benefit from this class, students must:
1. Live in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or Humboldt county.
2. Be new to Access Technology, having not received prior one-on-one or group training.
3. Be curious and open to learning basic, beginner Access Technology specific information.
4. Be comfortable learning in a group setting. This means:
a. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
b. Do give others a chance to ask questions if they haven’t gotten to do so already.
c. Please refrain from sharing personal, private, or sensitive information.

How To RSVP:

To RSVP, please send an email to the LightHouse Access Technology department, at@lighthouse-sf.org, and mention that you’d like to enroll in the Introduction To Access Technology course. Space is limited and registration closes on Thursday, June 6.

10:00 am: Museum of Craft and Design: MakeArt Accessible Morning (in-person)


Jun 14

Location: Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street (on the T SF Muni line)

Join the Museum of Craft and Design for an exclusive look – and feel – of their current exhibits, “Indie Folk” and "Mr. Roboto"  Enjoy crafting with prompts and materials inspired by the exhibits, participate in discussions about select audio described works on display and touch art and artifacts from the exhibits. Bring a friend and enjoy a smaller museum space with a relaxed and supportive staff who are ready to help or talk about art.

Ticket prices are between $0 and $5.

Get tickets to the Museum of Craft and Design MakeArt Accessible Morning.

Get more detailed information about happenings during the MakeArt Accessible Morning.

After you purchase your tickets (or if you have questions), RSVP to Maia Scott at MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

10:00 am: Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


Jun 14

Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older.

Interested in learning more about using Al apps on your iPhone or Android?

The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing Al App on iPhone and Android.

Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

    • Read mail
    • Read a bill
    • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
    • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
    • Identify what currency you are handing a cashierCathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you such as mail, a can of food etc.

Where: Earle Baum Center  at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3.

Prerequisites:

  • Have Seeing Al app downloaded on iPhone or Android.
  • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users.
  • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center.

RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

12:00 pm: Meet Me in the Kitchen (in-person)


Jun 14

“Meet me in the kitchen,” is a five-week course designed to empower LightHouse students with the non-visual techniques needed to prepare and present delicious meals independently. This course is created and taught by Bobbi Pompey, a Independent Living Skills Specialist with a passion for cooking and teaching. Each week you will learn non-visual kitchen skills, general cooking tips and tricks, and prepare a snack or meal.

Skills You Will Learn Include:

  • Organizing, labeling, and preparing your kitchen and work space
  • Measuring wet and dry ingredients
    Using knives, kitchen appliances, blindness/low vision gadgets and other “tools of the trade”
  • Understanding how to build flavor profiles, decipher lingo used in recipes, and determine the doneness of food
  • Serving, garnishing, and presenting meals with multiple dishes to friends and family, and other guests

    Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: May 10 - Welcome and Course Overview
    This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, a tour of the kitchen, and an introduction to basic techniques for navigating a kitchen. Class will conclude with a lesson on pouring and spreading and the preparation of a snack.
  • Session 2, May 17 - Cracking the Code
    By the end of this session, you will understand how to decipher common recipe lingo, develop delicious flavor profiles with spices stock a pantry with basic staples, and shop for groceries independently. Techniques for measuring will be used to create a spice rub and/or basic sauce.
  • Session 3: May 24 - Getting the Job Done
    Knife skills are the main focus of this session. Students will make a simple one-pot soup and learn to determine when food is done.
  • Session 4: May 31 - Learning to Spin All the Plates
    This class marks the transition into the more advanced portion of the course. Labeling, organizing, blindness devices, kitchen gadgets, and the use of small appliances will be covered as ways to add efficiency to meal preparation. You will prepare a three part meal during this session.
  •  No class June 7
  • Session 5: June 14 - Putting On the Finishing Touches
    Taking all the skills of previous classes you will learn to; serve yourself, serve others, set a table, and decorate and/or garnish a meal.

Spots in this fun and educational course are limited, so secure your participation by contacting Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by April 26.

Jun 15
Jun 16
Jun 17(1 event)

9:30 am: The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


Jun 17

What does it mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, leads this call-in forum to discuss the day-to-day ins and outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies.

RSVP for The Business of Blindness online or to Sabrina Bolus at Sbolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

Jun 18(1 event)

10:30 am: The Language of Listening (online)


Jun 18

The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, return to school or work, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

Student Criteria:

Students interested in this course can be of any skill level and fall anywhere on the spectrum of blindness. They should be comfortable learning in a group setting, willing to actively participate in classes, able to commit to attend all six (6) sessions in there entirety, be able to access the Zoom platform, and be able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones.

Course Materials: A pair of over the ear headphones with a microphone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be more prepared to transition from utilizing visual input to using auditory input text to speech
  • Students will understand the clues about documents provided by text to speech.
  • Students will learn to analyze their environment, identify sounds, and determine how to best use the auditory information they are receiving in order to problem solve and complete various tasks of daily living

Students will be provided with a foundation of interpreting audio cues when traveling indoors and outdoors

Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 11 - Welcome & Course Overview This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, and introduction to auditory skills, the completion of a pre-test, and time for questions.
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 13 - A Deep Dive into “Thinking in Sound”
    The goal of this session is to introduce common examples of how to utilize auditory cues. Students will begin by identifying the type of learner they are and how to supplement that with auditory input. Tips for reading comprehension and interpersonal communication will also be covered.
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 18 - Around the House
    This session will focus on the application of auditory skills within the area of independent living. Cooking, note-taking, object location-identification, and labeling are some of the skill areas that will be covered.
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 20 - Voices, Tones, and Beeps! Oh My
    This session will introduce students to the audio information provided by various forms of mainstream and access technology. Students will be exposed to various types of voices and indication sounds. They will learn how to determine what the certain indicators mean and which voice characteristics are most appropriate for various tasks.
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 25 - Out & About
    An O&M Specialist will join this session to discuss the intersection of orientation and mobility skills with auditory skills. Students will be provided with relevant examples and guided through the process of siphoning out the most useful auditory information amongst the plethora of noise in outside and unfamiliar environments.
  • Session 6: Thursday, June 27 - Putting It All Together
    This session will include time for final questions, a discussion about the process of transitioning to the usage of more auditory input, and a discussion of how t determine when it may be appropriate to use vision as well(this is known as the “Use Your Vision When it is F.U.N.,” technique). Students will also complete the post-test during this session.

    RSVP to Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by June 4.

Jun 19
Jun 20(1 event)

10:30 am: The Language of Listening (online)


Jun 20

The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, return to school or work, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

Student Criteria:

Students interested in this course can be of any skill level and fall anywhere on the spectrum of blindness. They should be comfortable learning in a group setting, willing to actively participate in classes, able to commit to attend all six (6) sessions in there entirety, be able to access the Zoom platform, and be able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones.

Course Materials: A pair of over the ear headphones with a microphone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be more prepared to transition from utilizing visual input to using auditory input text to speech
  • Students will understand the clues about documents provided by text to speech.
  • Students will learn to analyze their environment, identify sounds, and determine how to best use the auditory information they are receiving in order to problem solve and complete various tasks of daily living

Students will be provided with a foundation of interpreting audio cues when traveling indoors and outdoors

Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 11 - Welcome & Course Overview This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, and introduction to auditory skills, the completion of a pre-test, and time for questions.
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 13 - A Deep Dive into “Thinking in Sound”
    The goal of this session is to introduce common examples of how to utilize auditory cues. Students will begin by identifying the type of learner they are and how to supplement that with auditory input. Tips for reading comprehension and interpersonal communication will also be covered.
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 18 - Around the House
    This session will focus on the application of auditory skills within the area of independent living. Cooking, note-taking, object location-identification, and labeling are some of the skill areas that will be covered.
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 20 - Voices, Tones, and Beeps! Oh My
    This session will introduce students to the audio information provided by various forms of mainstream and access technology. Students will be exposed to various types of voices and indication sounds. They will learn how to determine what the certain indicators mean and which voice characteristics are most appropriate for various tasks.
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 25 - Out & About
    An O&M Specialist will join this session to discuss the intersection of orientation and mobility skills with auditory skills. Students will be provided with relevant examples and guided through the process of siphoning out the most useful auditory information amongst the plethora of noise in outside and unfamiliar environments.
  • Session 6: Thursday, June 27 - Putting It All Together
    This session will include time for final questions, a discussion about the process of transitioning to the usage of more auditory input, and a discussion of how t determine when it may be appropriate to use vision as well(this is known as the “Use Your Vision When it is F.U.N.,” technique). Students will also complete the post-test during this session.

    RSVP to Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by June 4.

Jun 21(2 events)

10:00 am: Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


Jun 21

Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older.

Interested in learning more about using Al apps on your iPhone or Android?

The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing Al App on iPhone and Android.

Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

    • Read mail
    • Read a bill
    • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
    • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
    • Identify what currency you are handing a cashierCathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you such as mail, a can of food etc.

Where: Earle Baum Center  at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3.

Prerequisites:

  • Have Seeing Al app downloaded on iPhone or Android.
  • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users.
  • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center.

RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

6:00 pm: 30% and Growing (in-person)


Jun 21

Where: Fieldwork Brewing, 1160 6th Street, Berkeley, 94710

The 30% and Growing crowd heads across the Bay Bridge and into West Berkeley this month, and will be gathering at Fieldwork Brewing.

You can get to Fieldwork by catching the 72 bus outside of the El Cerrito Plaza Station and getting off at Harrison Street, or taking the 72R from one of the many BART stations it stops at and stopping at Gilman Street. If you would like to join us for part of the commute, we will be meeting folks outside the El Cerrito Plaza BART station at 5:20 PM, just let us know before the event! Hope to see you all there!

Note: This restaurant is wheelchair accessible.

RSVP: To Daisy Soto at DSoto@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7328

Jun 22(1 event)

10:30 am: Community Drum Circle and Rain Stick Making (in-person)


Jun 22

Lighthouse San Francisco fitness room and craft room

Circle up and make a joyous noise! Bring your favorite drum or sound-maker, and we will have others to loan. Everyone will have a chance to share out loud the rhythm of their heart and soul and invite the group to collaborate on creating a bold and bright soundscape forged by the wisdom of community.

Following the drum circle, let’s take a break at noon for lunch (bring your own) as we ride the afterglow of drumming together and enjoy some gentle conversation. Then, let’s create rain sticks from tubes, chicken wire and found materials to create a softer, gentler sounding experience.

Wear comfortable clothes and bring a lunch.

At 2:30, you will leave the Lighthouse with a spring in your step and a rain stick in hand.

RSVP to Maia Scott MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.

Jun 23
Jun 24(1 event)

9:30 am: The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike (online)


Jun 24

What does it mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, leads this call-in forum to discuss the day-to-day ins and outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies.

RSVP for The Business of Blindness online or to Sabrina Bolus at Sbolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

Jun 25(1 event)

10:30 am: The Language of Listening (online)


Jun 25

The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, return to school or work, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

Student Criteria:

Students interested in this course can be of any skill level and fall anywhere on the spectrum of blindness. They should be comfortable learning in a group setting, willing to actively participate in classes, able to commit to attend all six (6) sessions in there entirety, be able to access the Zoom platform, and be able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones.

Course Materials: A pair of over the ear headphones with a microphone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be more prepared to transition from utilizing visual input to using auditory input text to speech
  • Students will understand the clues about documents provided by text to speech.
  • Students will learn to analyze their environment, identify sounds, and determine how to best use the auditory information they are receiving in order to problem solve and complete various tasks of daily living

Students will be provided with a foundation of interpreting audio cues when traveling indoors and outdoors

Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 11 - Welcome & Course Overview This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, and introduction to auditory skills, the completion of a pre-test, and time for questions.
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 13 - A Deep Dive into “Thinking in Sound”
    The goal of this session is to introduce common examples of how to utilize auditory cues. Students will begin by identifying the type of learner they are and how to supplement that with auditory input. Tips for reading comprehension and interpersonal communication will also be covered.
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 18 - Around the House
    This session will focus on the application of auditory skills within the area of independent living. Cooking, note-taking, object location-identification, and labeling are some of the skill areas that will be covered.
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 20 - Voices, Tones, and Beeps! Oh My
    This session will introduce students to the audio information provided by various forms of mainstream and access technology. Students will be exposed to various types of voices and indication sounds. They will learn how to determine what the certain indicators mean and which voice characteristics are most appropriate for various tasks.
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 25 - Out & About
    An O&M Specialist will join this session to discuss the intersection of orientation and mobility skills with auditory skills. Students will be provided with relevant examples and guided through the process of siphoning out the most useful auditory information amongst the plethora of noise in outside and unfamiliar environments.
  • Session 6: Thursday, June 27 - Putting It All Together
    This session will include time for final questions, a discussion about the process of transitioning to the usage of more auditory input, and a discussion of how t determine when it may be appropriate to use vision as well(this is known as the “Use Your Vision When it is F.U.N.,” technique). Students will also complete the post-test during this session.

    RSVP to Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by June 4.

Jun 26
Jun 27(1 event)

10:30 am: The Language of Listening (online)


Jun 27

The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, return to school or work, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

Student Criteria:

Students interested in this course can be of any skill level and fall anywhere on the spectrum of blindness. They should be comfortable learning in a group setting, willing to actively participate in classes, able to commit to attend all six (6) sessions in there entirety, be able to access the Zoom platform, and be able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones.

Course Materials: A pair of over the ear headphones with a microphone.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be more prepared to transition from utilizing visual input to using auditory input text to speech
  • Students will understand the clues about documents provided by text to speech.
  • Students will learn to analyze their environment, identify sounds, and determine how to best use the auditory information they are receiving in order to problem solve and complete various tasks of daily living

Students will be provided with a foundation of interpreting audio cues when traveling indoors and outdoors

Course Schedule:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, June 11 - Welcome & Course Overview This session will include staff/student introductions, a course overview, and introduction to auditory skills, the completion of a pre-test, and time for questions.
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 13 - A Deep Dive into “Thinking in Sound”
    The goal of this session is to introduce common examples of how to utilize auditory cues. Students will begin by identifying the type of learner they are and how to supplement that with auditory input. Tips for reading comprehension and interpersonal communication will also be covered.
  • Session 3: Tuesday, June 18 - Around the House
    This session will focus on the application of auditory skills within the area of independent living. Cooking, note-taking, object location-identification, and labeling are some of the skill areas that will be covered.
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 20 - Voices, Tones, and Beeps! Oh My
    This session will introduce students to the audio information provided by various forms of mainstream and access technology. Students will be exposed to various types of voices and indication sounds. They will learn how to determine what the certain indicators mean and which voice characteristics are most appropriate for various tasks.
  • Session 5: Tuesday, June 25 - Out & About
    An O&M Specialist will join this session to discuss the intersection of orientation and mobility skills with auditory skills. Students will be provided with relevant examples and guided through the process of siphoning out the most useful auditory information amongst the plethora of noise in outside and unfamiliar environments.
  • Session 6: Thursday, June 27 - Putting It All Together
    This session will include time for final questions, a discussion about the process of transitioning to the usage of more auditory input, and a discussion of how t determine when it may be appropriate to use vision as well(this is known as the “Use Your Vision When it is F.U.N.,” technique). Students will also complete the post-test during this session.

    RSVP to Bobbi Pompey, BPompey@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7613 by June 4.

Jun 28(1 event)

10:00 am: Seeing AI Training for Seniors 65+ at Earle Baum Center (in-person)


Jun 28

Attention to Sonoma County Residents who have low vision and are 65 or older.

Interested in learning more about using Al apps on your iPhone or Android?

The Earle Baum Center is offering a free phone stand and two hours of training on how to use the Seeing Al App on iPhone and Android.

Cathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

    • Read mail
    • Read a bill
    • Read a letter on your own without someone else knowing your business
    • Identify what you have in the pantry (is the can beans or dog food?
    • Identify what currency you are handing a cashierCathy Mulhern will be teaching you how to use the Seeing Al App to:

What you need: Bring your phone and materials you want to be able to read and that you currently rely on others to read for you such as mail, a can of food etc.

Where: Earle Baum Center  at 4539 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

When: Fridays from 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 3.

Prerequisites:

  • Have Seeing Al app downloaded on iPhone or Android.
  • Know how to use Siri and have it set up for iPhone users.
  • Have not received a phone stand from Earle Baum Center.

RSVP: To Cathy Mulhern at 707-206-8486 by calling Monday – Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Jun 29
Jun 30
Jul 1(1 event)

11:00 am: Technology Club at Earle Baum Center (hybrid)


Jul 1

This is a blended meeting which means you may attend in person on campus or by phone.
Overview of adaptive technology, learning about devices and apps with staff Cathy, and Jacques. To join the Technology email mail list call EBC main office: 707-523-3222.

Jul 2(1 event)

7:30 pm: LightHouse Youth Listen and Lounge (online)


Jul 2

Are you a teen or young adult who is blind, visually impaired, or low vision? Are you searching for an enjoyable and meaningful way to connect with peers who share your experiences? Look no further! Join The LightHouse Youth Program for our monthly social gathering over Zoom, where blind and low vision youth come together for an unforgettable evening of connection and camaraderie.

Each month, we curate an exciting lineup of virtual activities, including games, trivia challenges, karaoke sessions, and more! But our gatherings are about more than just having fun; they're about fostering genuine connections within the blind and low vision community. Additionally, our events may feature special guest mentors or presenters who offer valuable insights and experiences, enriching our discussions and supporting personal growth.

Most importantly, it's an opportunity for youth to connect with other blind and low vision individuals who understand their journey. Whether you are a trivia aficionado, a karaoke enthusiast, or simply eager to meet new friends, our monthly gatherings offer something for everyone.

Mark your calendars for the First Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm, and RSVP with the LightHouse Youth team by emailing Youth@lighthouse-sf.org. Join us as we come together to laugh, learn, and forge lasting connections. Your seat at the virtual table awaits – we can't wait to meet you!

Who: Blind and Low Vision Teens and Young Adults
What: Monthly social gathering over Zoom where blind and low vision youth connect over games, trivia, karaoke, and other virtual activities, fostering lasting connections in the blind and low vision community
When: First Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm (May 7th, June 4th, July, 2th, August 6th)
Where: Anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
RSVP: through our online RSVP form or by emailing the Youth Team at Youth@lighthouse-sf.org.

If you're interested in our Listen and Lounge series, have questions about our Youth Programs, or would like to sign up for LightHouse services, please don't hesitate to reach out to our youth team at Youth@lighthouse-sf.org.

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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!

SDS safety dataClick here for our cleaning product safety data sheets (SDS) and ingredient information.

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