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

Events in January 2023

  • Hands-On With Two New accessible Phones in 2023 (in-person)

    Hands-On With Two New accessible Phones in 2023 (in-person)

    Jan 24

    This is an in-depth look at the RealSam Pocket and the BlindShell Classic 2, two uniquely different mobile phone offerings designed for those who are blind or have low vision. Bari Azmann and his team from BlindShell USA, and Anat Nulman of will present their devices, answer questions, and offer those interested, a chance to try both devices first hand to see if they might be an appropriate fit. Packed with apps and gaining new features all the time, BlindShell Classic 2 is a phone containing buttons with spoken feedback.RealSAM Pocket, on the other hand, is a phone operated exclusively by voice. It really is as easy as touch and talk. Join us as we dive in and learn about what’s new with these devices in 2023.

    RSVP to Raquel Gomez at call 415-694-7339.

  • Meet You At The House (online)

    Meet You At The House (online)

    Jan 25

    Pull up a comfy chair and join Community Outreach Specialist Sheri Albers in the LightHouse virtual living room to talk about all things LightHouse! Have you been experiencing changes in your vision that have been affecting your daily life, but did not know who to talk to? LightHouse in San Francisco may have the solutions you have been looking for. This is a safe place to bring the questions that you have been wanting to ask. As always, Raqi from the Adaptations Store will be on hand to let us know what is new in the world of low vision and blindness products.

    To RSVP, contact Sheri Albers at 415-694-7331, or email

  • 30% & Growing (In person)

    30% & Growing (In person)

    Jan 27

    Join us as we go back into the community for good drinks, conversations, and reconnecting with good friends. 30% & Growing is a great place to gather after a long day to converse with other people who are blind or have ow vision in different stages of their career.

    We will be gathering at Drake's Dealership, a brewery in Oakland, on Friday, January 27, at 6:00 PM. You can find Drake’s Dealership just a few blocks away from 19th Street BART Station. For those interested, we will be meeting at 19th Street BART and walking over as a group.

    To RSVP, contact Andrew Martinez at

  • BART Safety Training (in-person)

    BART Safety Training (in-person)

    Jan 31

    Join LightHouse and the BART Accessibility Team at the Oakland 19th Street BART station, upper level, for a BART Safety Training.

    Are you a regular BART commuter, or do you only use it when you absolutely have to? Have you ever thought about what would happen if you were to accidently fall into the tracks on a BART platform? Do you know how to contact the operator for help while on a BART train? What do you do if there are no seats available?

    This event will give you the opportunity to inspect a full-scale model of the track with the elusive “third rail”, along with the cubby area under the platform where one can remain safe if a train were coming. We will have a hands-on experience in a BART car to check out the seating arrangements, the door to transfer to the next car, and the location of all the safety features. The LightHouse Media and Accessible Design Lab staff will also be on hand to show you the tactile BART station maps that are available for you to order.

    RSVP is strongly encouraged to ensure attendees have an opportunity to access all aspects of the presentation. To RSVP or if you have additional questions, contact Sheri Albers at, or 415-694-7331.

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.

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