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All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone’s personal space at all our sites.

Events in January 2021

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Dec 27
Dec 28(1 event)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:30 am: The Business of Blindness Phone Chat: Make Coffee and Call Mike Cole


Dec 28

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 solsen@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7316.

 

Dec 29
Dec 30
Dec 31
Jan 1
Jan 2
Jan 3
Jan 4(1 event)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 4

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

Jan 5(3 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 5

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online: Tech for Reading Printed Text


Jan 5

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.

January 5: Tech for Reading Print Text

We’ll discuss apps and techniques for reading printed text, such as paper mail, package directions, and image files with written text.

Join us for one or all these conversations.

RSVP online for the January 5 Tech Together.

Or leave a voicemail at 510-925-2943. Online registration is preferred.

Upcoming Topics
January 12: All About File Storage
January 19: Troubleshooting Your Tech
January 26: Podcast and Audio Recording

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

3:30 pm: Safe and Confident Movement for O&M Travel​


Jan 5

Adults 55 and over are invited to participate in a 6 session course geared towards improving safety in movement for indoor and outdoor activities. Exercises performed during class will help students feel more ‘sure footed’ when navigating stairs, walking over uneven sidewalks, and moving around obstacles while using a white cane or dog guide. Exercises designed to ease the transition between sit-to-stand movements will also be incorporated.

In addition to completing simple and dual task activities, participants will learn how to conduct an at home safety assessment, evaluate elements that improve footwear stability, and develop a personalized balance program. After the 6 session course, participants can expect to feel more self-assured in personal movement patterns and less anxious about falling.

The classes will be taught via Zoom or phone at the following dates and times -
• Week 1: Tuesday, January 5 and Thursday, January 7 from 3:30-4:45pm
• Week 2: Tuesday, January 12 and Thursday, January 14 from 3:30-4:45pm
• Week 3: Tuesday, January 19 and Thursday, January 21 from 3:30-4:45pm

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.

To registration is currently closed for this class due to it being full with a waitlist.

To learn about future offerings of this workshop, please email Marie Trudelle at mtrudelle@lighthouse-sf.org

Jan 6(1 event)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 6

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

Jan 7(2 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 7

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

3:30 pm: Safe and Confident Movement for O&M Travel​


Jan 7

Adults 55 and over are invited to participate in a 6 session course geared towards improving safety in movement for indoor and outdoor activities. Exercises performed during class will help students feel more ‘sure footed’ when navigating stairs, walking over uneven sidewalks, and moving around obstacles while using a white cane or dog guide. Exercises designed to ease the transition between sit-to-stand movements will also be incorporated.

In addition to completing simple and dual task activities, participants will learn how to conduct an at home safety assessment, evaluate elements that improve footwear stability, and develop a personalized balance program. After the 6 session course, participants can expect to feel more self-assured in personal movement patterns and less anxious about falling.

The classes will be taught via Zoom or phone at the following dates and times -
• Week 1: Tuesday, January 5 and Thursday, January 7 from 3:30-4:45pm
• Week 2: Tuesday, January 12 and Thursday, January 14 from 3:30-4:45pm
• Week 3: Tuesday, January 19 and Thursday, January 21 from 3:30-4:45pm

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.

To registration is currently closed for this class due to it being full with a waitlist.

To learn about future offerings of this workshop, please email Marie Trudelle at mtrudelle@lighthouse-sf.org

Jan 8(1 event)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 8

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

Jan 9(2 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

1:00 pm: Eco-friendly Arts and Crafts Club for Youth


Jan 9

Eco-friendly Arts and Crafts Club
Saturday, January 9th from 1:00 pm

Do you like making things? Do you have a green thumb with plants? Would you like to have fun with friends creating art that is friendly to our environment? LightHouse might have the perfect virtual gathering for you. Join us for our Eco Arts and crafts club, where we will explore different arts and craft projects with other youth who are blind or have low vision friends from all overr. Our January art project will have those that RSVP making our very own Biodomes. Future projects will range from things we can make out of recycled materials you can find around your house or projects that you can put into nature knowing you will not have a negative impact on our world.

Who: elementary and middle school students that are blind or have low vision
What: monthly arts and crafts lesson over zoom
When: Saturday, January 9th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
RSVP: a list a program supplies and the 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 Eco-friendly Arts and Crafts Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

7:00 pm: Enchanted Hills Camp Virtual Campfire


Jan 9

Camp Director, Tony Fletcher will serve as your host and hopes you will be able join. The campfires are designed for all ages and will focus on camp updates, music, laughter and fun. Please RSVP if you are interested in attending and we are happy to provide the Zoom information. You will be able to use the same Zoom link for the campfires between January and May of 2021.

The structure for the February campfire will be:

  • Welcome and camp music
  • Updates on camp building efforts
  • Summer camp program updates
  • Camper check-ins
  • Special acknowledgments of campers and staff that have passed
  • LightHouse Virtual Program Announcements
  • Breakout rooms for open discussion

RSVP to Alyah Thomas at ehc@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7345.

Jan 10
Jan 11(1 event)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 11

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

Jan 12(4 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 12

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online: All About File Storage


Jan 12

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.

January 12: All About File Storage

Whether you need to back up your files, share files with others, or keep more data than your device will hold, cloud based file storage can be a useful tool in your toolbox. Come learn about options for accessible online storage.

Join us for one or all these conversations.

RSVP online for the January 12 Tech Together.

Or leave a voicemail at 510-925-2943. Online registration is preferred.

Upcoming Topics
January 19: Troubleshooting Your Tech
January 26: Podcast and Audio Recording

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

3:00 pm: iCanConnect Information Session for People who are DeafBlind


Jan 12

If you are a Deaf-Blind person in need of new technology and training to access email, social media, Zoom, or other distance telecommunication, this one’s for you. LightHouse’s iCanConnect (iCC) program is hosting a series of Q&A Sessions for interested community members and potential applicants with Nai Damato, the iCC access technology trainer, and Alyah Thomas, the program assistant. The iCanConnect program provides eligible, deaf-blind, low-income applicants of all ages with new technology, training, and support after training is complete. We can provide a range of equipment depending on individual need and skills, for example: iPhones with Braille displays; computers with screen readers and noise canceling headsets to hear JAWs; assistance with upgrading software such as ZoomText or JAWS; or providing braille displays to folks who can no longer hear the speech on the screen reader, but can read email using a braille display.

If you or someone you know might be interested in the program, please join us at one of the following dates:

January: Tuesday 1/12 from 3:00-4:00pm or Friday 1/15 from 12:00-1:00pm
February: Friday 2/19 from 12:00-1:00pm
March: Monday 3/15 from 3:00-4:00, Friday 3/19 from 12:00-1:00pm

For more information about the program or to RSVP for an event, please email program assistant, Alyah Thomas, at athomas@lighthouse-sf.org

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

3:30 pm: Safe and Confident Movement for O&M Travel​


Jan 12

Adults 55 and over are invited to participate in a 6 session course geared towards improving safety in movement for indoor and outdoor activities. Exercises performed during class will help students feel more ‘sure footed’ when navigating stairs, walking over uneven sidewalks, and moving around obstacles while using a white cane or dog guide. Exercises designed to ease the transition between sit-to-stand movements will also be incorporated.

In addition to completing simple and dual task activities, participants will learn how to conduct an at home safety assessment, evaluate elements that improve footwear stability, and develop a personalized balance program. After the 6 session course, participants can expect to feel more self-assured in personal movement patterns and less anxious about falling.

The classes will be taught via Zoom or phone at the following dates and times -
• Week 1: Tuesday, January 5 and Thursday, January 7 from 3:30-4:45pm
• Week 2: Tuesday, January 12 and Thursday, January 14 from 3:30-4:45pm
• Week 3: Tuesday, January 19 and Thursday, January 21 from 3:30-4:45pm

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.

To registration is currently closed for this class due to it being full with a waitlist.

To learn about future offerings of this workshop, please email Marie Trudelle at mtrudelle@lighthouse-sf.org

Jan 13(2 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 13

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

10:00 am: One Step Forward: O&M Drop-In Forum for Adults 55 and Over


Jan 13

One Step Forward is a 6-week drop-in open discussion forum for students new to orientation and mobility (O&M) who have questions or fears about orientation and mobility training or are simply curious and would like to connect, learn, and converse. Each week, students will engage with each other and LightHouse Orientation & Mobility Specialists Jennifer Huey and Sarah McIntyre, developing comfort and confidence through conversation about O&M. Topics will be planned for each conversation, but this discussion group is for you, so if an O&M topic is on your mind, bring it to the group! This is an opportunity to pose your personal thoughts and questions about learning skills for independent travel.

Who should attend? This 6-week class is for LightHouse students 55 years and older who have not received O&M training, or who have received very little and are not currently participating in O&M training but are curious, “almost ready,” or maybe are ready but are waiting to begin in-person training. This group may also appeal to you if you are looking to connect with other peers who share an interest in O&M and want to discuss the benefits of training. The best thing is, you don’t need any O&M experience to participate!

What to expect each week: Group conversation will focus on a planned topic, but there will also be time to ask questions that are relevant to you. Because this is a drop-in class, you can commit to just one class, all six, or as many as you want. The decision is yours! Participate if the topic is of interest or if you just want to connect and listen. All we ask is that you are open-minded and are interested in taking one step toward independent travel. This forum will use the Zoom platform, but any student with access to a telephone is welcome to join by calling in. Our goal is to make this program low-tech, user-friendly and approachable. The first meeting will be held December 9, 2020 from 10:00-11:00, and the planned topic is “Exploring Covid-safe strategies for navigating the holidays.”

Dates for upcoming meetings and planned topics for conversation:
December 9, 2020: Covid-safe holiday strategies
January 13, 2021: Defining training goals and priorities: New year, new you!
January 27, 2020: Training opportunities: Understanding the differences and intersection between LightHouse services
February 10, 2021: O&M in and around the house: movement and tactile awareness
February 24, 2021: O&M in and around the house: sound
March 10, 2021: What’s stopping you? Exploring the white cane and potential barriers

Class Details:
When: December 9, 2020 – March 10, 2021. Six Wednesday morning meetings (Dec. 9; Jan. 13 & 27; Feb. 10 & 24; March 10).
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
How to Participate: Zoom, either via phone or the Zoom app
Cost: It’s free!

RSVP to Jennifer Huey at JHuey@lighthouse-sf.org or Sarah McIntyre at SMcIntyre@lighthouse-sf.org.

Jan 14(2 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 14

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

3:30 pm: Safe and Confident Movement for O&M Travel​


Jan 14

Adults 55 and over are invited to participate in a 6 session course geared towards improving safety in movement for indoor and outdoor activities. Exercises performed during class will help students feel more ‘sure footed’ when navigating stairs, walking over uneven sidewalks, and moving around obstacles while using a white cane or dog guide. Exercises designed to ease the transition between sit-to-stand movements will also be incorporated.

In addition to completing simple and dual task activities, participants will learn how to conduct an at home safety assessment, evaluate elements that improve footwear stability, and develop a personalized balance program. After the 6 session course, participants can expect to feel more self-assured in personal movement patterns and less anxious about falling.

The classes will be taught via Zoom or phone at the following dates and times -
• Week 1: Tuesday, January 5 and Thursday, January 7 from 3:30-4:45pm
• Week 2: Tuesday, January 12 and Thursday, January 14 from 3:30-4:45pm
• Week 3: Tuesday, January 19 and Thursday, January 21 from 3:30-4:45pm

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.

To registration is currently closed for this class due to it being full with a waitlist.

To learn about future offerings of this workshop, please email Marie Trudelle at mtrudelle@lighthouse-sf.org

Jan 15(3 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 15

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

12:00 pm: iCanConnect Information Session for People who are DeafBlind


Jan 15

If you are a Deaf-Blind person in need of new technology and training to access email, social media, Zoom, or other distance telecommunication, this one’s for you. LightHouse’s iCanConnect (iCC) program is hosting a series of Q&A Sessions for interested community members and potential applicants with Nai Damato, the iCC access technology trainer, and Alyah Thomas, the program assistant. The iCanConnect program provides eligible, deaf-blind, low-income applicants of all ages with new technology, training, and support after training is complete. We can provide a range of equipment depending on individual need and skills, for example: iPhones with Braille displays; computers with screen readers and noise canceling headsets to hear JAWs; assistance with upgrading software such as ZoomText or JAWS; or providing braille displays to folks who can no longer hear the speech on the screen reader, but can read email using a braille display.

If you or someone you know might be interested in the program, please join us at one of the following dates:

January: Tuesday 1/12 from 3:00-4:00pm or Friday 1/15 from 12:00-1:00pm
February: Friday 2/19 from 12:00-1:00pm
March: Monday 3/15 from 3:00-4:00, Friday 3/19 from 12:00-1:00pm

For more information about the program or to RSVP for an event, please email program assistant, Alyah Thomas, at athomas@lighthouse-sf.org

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

5:00 pm: Community Bingo Goes Virtual


Jan 15

Bingo is back virtually, so break out those accessible bingo cards and enter our virtual game room for all that bingo fun with Enchanted Hills Camp volunteer Annalisa. Come for the bingo excitement, stay for the prize at the end. If you don't have cards, you can order them online at www.adaptations.org or by phone at 888-400-8933. A limited supply of accessible bingo cards are also available for free loan by contacting Jaclyne Atoigue at jatoigue@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415.694.7618 where you can also direct your RSVP and request for Zoom access details.

Jan 16
Jan 17
Jan 18
Jan 19(4 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 19

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

10:00 am: Get Moving: Orientation & Mobility for Independent Travel (for DOR Consumers)


Jan 19

This is a comprehensive 6-week 14-class virtual course on Zoom introducing students to foundational Orientation & Mobility concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel and for gaining or retaining employment (this course is specifically for Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Consumers. Students meet twice a week for two-hour classes andparticipate in two hours of pre-class assessment, Zoom procedures and 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 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.

The course runs Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 19, 21, 27 & 28 and February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 & 25 from 10:00 am to noon.

Registration deadline is January 8, 2021. To register for the course and hear about the fees and materials,  please contact Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org and contact your DOR Counselor.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online: Troubleshooting Your Tech


Jan 19

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.

January 19:

If your device won’t talk, won’t connect, or doesn’t behave as expected, what are some first steps to try before frustration rises? The access tech team will share the basic steps we take to get tech back up and running when things don’t go as planned.

Join us for one or all these conversations.

RSVP online for the January 19 Tech Together.

Or leave a voicemail at 510-925-2943. Online registration is preferred.

Upcoming Topics
January 26: Podcast and Audio Recording

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

3:30 pm: Safe and Confident Movement for O&M Travel​


Jan 19

Adults 55 and over are invited to participate in a 6 session course geared towards improving safety in movement for indoor and outdoor activities. Exercises performed during class will help students feel more ‘sure footed’ when navigating stairs, walking over uneven sidewalks, and moving around obstacles while using a white cane or dog guide. Exercises designed to ease the transition between sit-to-stand movements will also be incorporated.

In addition to completing simple and dual task activities, participants will learn how to conduct an at home safety assessment, evaluate elements that improve footwear stability, and develop a personalized balance program. After the 6 session course, participants can expect to feel more self-assured in personal movement patterns and less anxious about falling.

The classes will be taught via Zoom or phone at the following dates and times -
• Week 1: Tuesday, January 5 and Thursday, January 7 from 3:30-4:45pm
• Week 2: Tuesday, January 12 and Thursday, January 14 from 3:30-4:45pm
• Week 3: Tuesday, January 19 and Thursday, January 21 from 3:30-4:45pm

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.

To registration is currently closed for this class due to it being full with a waitlist.

To learn about future offerings of this workshop, please email Marie Trudelle at mtrudelle@lighthouse-sf.org

Jan 20(2 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 20

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

3:00 pm: Wildlife of the San Francisco Bay and Shorelines


Jan 20

Join East Bay Regional Park Naturalist Michael Charnofsky for a virtual tour of the wildlife of the San Francisco Bay and shorelines: Although the SF Bay is much different now than 200 years ago, it is still home to a fascinating array of wildlife big and small.

Jan 21(4 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 21

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

10:00 am: Get Moving: Orientation & Mobility for Independent Travel (for DOR Consumers)


Jan 21

This is a comprehensive 6-week 14-class virtual course (Zoom) introducing students to foundational Orientation & Mobility concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel and for gaining or retaining employment (this course is specifically for Department of Rehabilitation Consumers (DOR) consumers). Students meet twice a week for two-hour classes andparticipate in two hours of pre-class assessment, Zoom procedures and 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 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.

Registration deadline is January 8, 2021. To register for the course and hear about the fees and materials,  please contact Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org and contact your DOR Counselor.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

3:30 pm: Safe and Confident Movement for O&M Travel​


Jan 21

Adults 55 and over are invited to participate in a 6 session course geared towards improving safety in movement for indoor and outdoor activities. Exercises performed during class will help students feel more ‘sure footed’ when navigating stairs, walking over uneven sidewalks, and moving around obstacles while using a white cane or dog guide. Exercises designed to ease the transition between sit-to-stand movements will also be incorporated.

In addition to completing simple and dual task activities, participants will learn how to conduct an at home safety assessment, evaluate elements that improve footwear stability, and develop a personalized balance program. After the 6 session course, participants can expect to feel more self-assured in personal movement patterns and less anxious about falling.

The classes will be taught via Zoom or phone at the following dates and times -
• Week 1: Tuesday, January 5 and Thursday, January 7 from 3:30-4:45pm
• Week 2: Tuesday, January 12 and Thursday, January 14 from 3:30-4:45pm
• Week 3: Tuesday, January 19 and Thursday, January 21 from 3:30-4:45pm

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.

To registration is currently closed for this class due to it being full with a waitlist.

To learn about future offerings of this workshop, please email Marie Trudelle at mtrudelle@lighthouse-sf.org

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

6:00 pm: 30% & Growing Goes Virtual


Jan 21

It is time to get geared up for 2021! Have you set any new employment goals for the new year? Have you thought about what strategies you will use to achieve these goals? Brainstorming with your fellow 30% peers can help! Are you currently working in your dream job? Share with the rest of us how you reached that place. We can learn a lot from each other as we meet in the virtual pub!
To RSVP and receive Zoom access information, contact Community Outreach Coordinator, Sheri Albers at salbers@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7331.

Jan 22(2 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 22

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

4:00 pm: Una Tarde con Conchita


Jan 22

Conchita Hernandez Head Shot
2018 Holman Prize winner, Conchita Hernandez smiling and holding her white cane

Una Tarde con Conchita

*Note: event description will be presented in Spanish followed by English*Cuándo: el 22 de enero, 2021 de 4:00 a 5:30 P.M.

dónde- zoom, plataforma virtual. Se pueden unir por teléfono, tableta, o computadora. Qué: están invitados! Acompáñennos para una tarde con Conchita, el primer instalamiento de un nuevo programa mensual de ÑightHouse en español. Pásense una tarde Éste enero conversando con nuestra invitada especial, Ganadora del premio Holman 2018, Maria (Conchita) Hernandez Legorreta.

Conchita nació en México y creció en California, donde recibió su título en español, historia, y estudios internacionales del colegio saint Mary’s. Fue a recibir su maestría de maestra, con enfoque en trabajando con estudiantes ciegos, Y está en proceso de recibir su doctorado en educación especial en la Universidad de George Washington. Actualmente, Conchita trabaja como la especialista de estudiantes ciegos y de baja vista en Maryñand, Y es la fundadora de Metas y co-fundadora de La Colación de Ñatinx con Discapacidades, donde intenta ser una voz de cambio para maestros, profesionales, y advocates, y promociona inclusión total para personas con discapacidades en latinoamérica.

Para registrarse, a favor de contactar a Esmeralda Soto por teléfono a (415)694-7323 y por correo electrónico Esoto@lighthouse-sf.org

*Por favor regístrense antes de Jueves 21 de Enero, a 1:00 P.M.*

When: Friday January 22, 2021 from 4:00 to 5:30 P.M.

Where: Via Zoom, virtual platform. You can access Zoom by phone, tablet, or computer.

What: You’re invited! Come and spend an Evening with Conchita for the launch of LightHouse’s new monthly Spanish speaker series. coming this January. Spend a relaxing Friday evening hearing from this month’s special guest, 2018 Holman Prize winner, Maria (Conchita) Hernandez Legorreta.

Conchita was born in Mexico and grew up in California, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, international studies, and history from Saint Mary’s college. She went on to receive a Masters degree in teaching, with a focus on teaching blind students, and is currently a special education doctoral student at George Washington University. Currently, Conchita works as the Maryland blind and low-vision specialist, and is the founder of Metas and co-founder of the National Coalition of Latinx with Disabilities, where she strives to be a voice for change for educators, professionals and advocates to make full inclusion a reality for people with disabilities in Latin-America.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Esmeralda Soto by phone at (415)694-7323 or by email at Esoto@lighthouse-sf.org

*Please RSVP by Thursday January 21, 1:00 P.M.*

Jan 23
Jan 24
Jan 25(2 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 25

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

10:00 am: Get Moving: Online O&M Class for Adults 55 and over


Jan 25

Back by popular demand, it’s our six-week online Orientation & Mobility course, Get Moving. This session is for Bay Area residents aged 55 and over.

It’s a comprehensive course with two classes per week using the Zoom platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe and independent travel.

The lessons are: Benefits of O&M Training; Overview of Sensory, Spatial & Environmental Awareness; Orientation Strategies and Skills; Tactile Graphics/TMAP; 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.

Mondays & Wednesdays: January 25 & 27; February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24; March 1, 3 & 8 from 10:00 am to noon (no class Presidents’ Day, February 15)

RSVP by noon on Friday, January 15 to Chris Williams at Cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

Jan 26(3 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 26

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

10:00 am: Get Moving: Orientation & Mobility for Independent Travel (for DOR Consumers)


Jan 26

This is a comprehensive 6-week 14-class virtual course on Zoom introducing students to foundational Orientation & Mobility concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel and for gaining or retaining employment (this course is specifically for Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Consumers. Students meet twice a week for two-hour classes andparticipate in two hours of pre-class assessment, Zoom procedures and 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 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.

The course runs Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 19, 21, 27 & 28 and February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 & 25 from 10:00 am to noon.

Registration deadline is January 8, 2021. To register for the course and hear about the fees and materials,  please contact Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org and contact your DOR Counselor.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online: Podcast and Audio Recording


Jan 26

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.

January 26: Podcast and Audio Recording

Whether you’re capturing content to share with the world, or catching audio pictures of daily life for your own memories, we’ll share some tips about recording, editing, and sharing audio content.

Join us for one or all these conversations.

RSVP online for the January 26 Tech Together.

Or leave a voicemail at 510-925-2943. Online registration is preferred.

 

Jan 27(4 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 27

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

10:00 am: Get Moving: Online O&M Class for Adults 55 and over


Jan 27

Back by popular demand, it’s our six-week online Orientation & Mobility course, Get Moving. This session is for Bay Area residents aged 55 and over.

It’s a comprehensive course with two classes per week using the Zoom platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe and independent travel.

The lessons are: Benefits of O&M Training; Overview of Sensory, Spatial & Environmental Awareness; Orientation Strategies and Skills; Tactile Graphics/TMAP; 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.

Mondays & Wednesdays: January 25 & 27; February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24; March 1, 3 & 8 from 10:00 am to noon (no class Presidents’ Day, February 15)

RSVP by noon on Friday, January 15 to Chris Williams at Cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

10:00 am: One Step Forward: O&M Drop-In Forum for Adults 55 and Over


Jan 27

One Step Forward is a 6-week drop-in open discussion forum for students new to orientation and mobility (O&M) who have questions or fears about orientation and mobility training or are simply curious and would like to connect, learn, and converse. Each week, students will engage with each other and LightHouse Orientation & Mobility Specialists Jennifer Huey and Sarah McIntyre, developing comfort and confidence through conversation about O&M. Topics will be planned for each conversation, but this discussion group is for you, so if an O&M topic is on your mind, bring it to the group! This is an opportunity to pose your personal thoughts and questions about learning skills for independent travel.

Who should attend? This 6-week class is for LightHouse students 55 years and older who have not received O&M training, or who have received very little and are not currently participating in O&M training but are curious, “almost ready,” or maybe are ready but are waiting to begin in-person training. This group may also appeal to you if you are looking to connect with other peers who share an interest in O&M and want to discuss the benefits of training. The best thing is, you don’t need any O&M experience to participate!

What to expect each week: Group conversation will focus on a planned topic, but there will also be time to ask questions that are relevant to you. Because this is a drop-in class, you can commit to just one class, all six, or as many as you want. The decision is yours! Participate if the topic is of interest or if you just want to connect and listen. All we ask is that you are open-minded and are interested in taking one step toward independent travel. This forum will use the Zoom platform, but any student with access to a telephone is welcome to join by calling in. Our goal is to make this program low-tech, user-friendly and approachable. The first meeting will be held December 9, 2020 from 10:00-11:00, and the planned topic is “Exploring Covid-safe strategies for navigating the holidays.”

Dates for upcoming meetings and planned topics for conversation:
December 9, 2020: Covid-safe holiday strategies
January 13, 2021: Defining training goals and priorities: New year, new you!
January 27, 2020: Training opportunities: Understanding the differences and intersection between LightHouse services
February 10, 2021: O&M in and around the house: movement and tactile awareness
February 24, 2021: O&M in and around the house: sound
March 10, 2021: What’s stopping you? Exploring the white cane and potential barriers

Class Details:
When: December 9, 2020 – March 10, 2021. Six Wednesday morning meetings (Dec. 9; Jan. 13 & 27; Feb. 10 & 24; March 10).
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
How to Participate: Zoom, either via phone or the Zoom app
Cost: It’s free!

RSVP to Jennifer Huey at JHuey@lighthouse-sf.org or Sarah McIntyre at SMcIntyre@lighthouse-sf.org.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

2:00 pm: Meet You At The House


Jan 27

Pull up a comfy chair and join Community Outreach Coordinator, 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 don’t know what to do? LightHouse of San Francisco is here to help. This is the perfect place to come and ask the questions that you need answers to.

For the January meeting, our guest will be Kate Williams, LightHouse Director of the LightHouse Employment Services. The Employment Immersion virtual workshop is now being offered nationally on Zoom. Come talk to Kate about what her team has been doing to assist people who are blind or have low vision join the workforce. We will also have a member of our Adaptations Store on hand to let us know about the latest and greatest in blindness and low vision products on the market.

RSVP to Sheri Albers at SAlbers@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7331.

Jan 28(2 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 28

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

10:00 am: Get Moving: Orientation & Mobility for Independent Travel (for DOR Consumers)


Jan 28

This is a comprehensive 6-week 14-class virtual course on Zoom introducing students to foundational Orientation & Mobility concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel and for gaining or retaining employment (this course is specifically for Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Consumers. Students meet twice a week for two-hour classes andparticipate in two hours of pre-class assessment, Zoom procedures and 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 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.

The course runs Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 19, 21, 27 & 28 and February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 & 25 from 10:00 am to noon.

Registration deadline is January 8, 2021. To register for the course and hear about the fees and materials,  please contact Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org and contact your DOR Counselor.

Jan 29(1 event)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion January Virtual Workshop


Jan 29

January's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from January 4 through 29, no class January 18

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.

Jan 30(1 event)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

12:00 pm: LightHouse for the Blind/Enchanted Hills Camp Virtual Job Fair


Jan 30

LightHouse for the Blind is holding a Virtual Recruiting Event to attract those interested in working or volunteering at our Enchanted Hills Camp (EHC) summer programs. This event will consist of an informational job fair to present and discuss paid and unpaid positions during our 2021 summer offerings hosted at EHC.

We will discuss in depth positions including counselors, area leaders (Art, Aquatic, Enrichment, Equestrian, Nature and Recreation) as well as unpaid volunteer opportunities.

In addition, we will introduce and discuss Youth Employment Services (YES) Program mentors. These paid mentors will be in the areas of:

  • Access Technology
  • Independent Living Skills

To RSVP to the Virtual Job Fair:

Send an email expressing interest to: HR@lighthouse-sf.org  in order to receive the Zoom link.

Jan 31
Feb 1(3 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

(All day): Enchanted Hills Camp 2021 Applications Open

(All day)
Feb 1

The moment you've all been waiting for is here... the 2021 EHC Applications go live on Monday, February 1st at 9:00am. We're planning for a hybrid summer, with a mix of both in-person and virtual camps for groups of all ages. Regardless of our plans, we will continue to monitor the latest reports regarding COVID-19 and will make a final verdict regarding in-person sessions on April 1st. For a full list of summer 2021 EHC programs and a link to both the downloadable and electronic applications, please visit https://lighthouse-sf.org/ehc2021/. EHC is the place to be!

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion February Virtual Workshop


Feb 1

February's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from February 1 through 26, no class Presidents' Day, February 15.

The Employment Services Department offers a comprehensive Workshop Series specifically designed for Blind and Visually Impaired Job Seekers. Although the basic components of a job search are offered such as building powerful resumes, compelling cover letters and interview skills, graduates of the program state the most important skill learned is a sense of confidence and pride in their abilities. Join us through the Department of Rehabilitation and ready yourself for securing employment in the competitive job market!
 

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact the team through email: EIteam@lighthouse-sf.org.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

10:00 am: Get Moving: Online O&M Class for Adults 55 and over


Feb 1

Back by popular demand, it’s our six-week online Orientation & Mobility course, Get Moving. This session is for Bay Area residents aged 55 and over.

It’s a comprehensive course with two classes per week using the Zoom platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe and independent travel.

The lessons are: Benefits of O&M Training; Overview of Sensory, Spatial & Environmental Awareness; Orientation Strategies and Skills; Tactile Graphics/TMAP; 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.

Mondays & Wednesdays: January 25 & 27; February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24; March 1, 3 & 8 from 10:00 am to noon (no class Presidents’ Day, February 15)

RSVP by noon on Friday, January 15 to Chris Williams at Cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

Feb 2(3 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion February Virtual Workshop


Feb 2

February's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from February 1 through 26, no class Presidents' Day, February 15.

The Employment Services Department offers a comprehensive Workshop Series specifically designed for Blind and Visually Impaired Job Seekers. Although the basic components of a job search are offered such as building powerful resumes, compelling cover letters and interview skills, graduates of the program state the most important skill learned is a sense of confidence and pride in their abilities. Join us through the Department of Rehabilitation and ready yourself for securing employment in the competitive job market!
 

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact the team through email: EIteam@lighthouse-sf.org.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

10:00 am: Get Moving: Orientation & Mobility for Independent Travel (for DOR Consumers)


Feb 2

This is a comprehensive 6-week 14-class virtual course on Zoom introducing students to foundational Orientation & Mobility concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel and for gaining or retaining employment (this course is specifically for Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Consumers. Students meet twice a week for two-hour classes andparticipate in two hours of pre-class assessment, Zoom procedures and 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 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.

The course runs Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 19, 21, 27 & 28 and February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 & 25 from 10:00 am to noon.

Registration deadline is January 8, 2021. To register for the course and hear about the fees and materials,  please contact Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org and contact your DOR Counselor.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

2:00 pm: Tech Together


Feb 2

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.

Or leave a voicemail at 510-925-2943. Online registration is preferred.

Upcoming Topics

February 2

Tech Together: Just Google It!

If you’ve ever heard this phrase, or if you’ve ever searched online only to find yourself wading through pages of results that are not quite what you’re looking for, join us for a discussion of how to use web searches to find what you need when you need it.

RSVP online for the February 2 Tech Together event.

February 9

Tech Together: Formatting is Fabulous

Did you know that formatting your documents can not only make them easier for sighted readers to enjoy, but also make them easier for blind users to read and navigate? Join us to learn how simple formatting commands can have a big impact on the documents you create.

RSVP online for the February 9 Tech Together event.

February 16

Tech Together: Proofread Like a Pro

If you’ve ever wondered if you’re spelling a word right or wanted to check a document for stray tabs or commas, join us for this discussion of how to proofread your work while using access technology.

RSVP online for the February 16 Tech Together event.

February 23

Tech Together: App Architecture

Just as knowing how to use headings and links can make browsing the web with access technology easier, knowing some common elements to look for when you’re exploring a new app can be a helpful tool. We’ll talk about tabs, menus, pickers and more.

RSVP online for the February 23 Tech Together event.

Feb 3(2 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion February Virtual Workshop


Feb 3

February's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from February 1 through 26, no class Presidents' Day, February 15.

The Employment Services Department offers a comprehensive Workshop Series specifically designed for Blind and Visually Impaired Job Seekers. Although the basic components of a job search are offered such as building powerful resumes, compelling cover letters and interview skills, graduates of the program state the most important skill learned is a sense of confidence and pride in their abilities. Join us through the Department of Rehabilitation and ready yourself for securing employment in the competitive job market!
 

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact the team through email: EIteam@lighthouse-sf.org.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

10:00 am: Get Moving: Online O&M Class for Adults 55 and over


Feb 3

Back by popular demand, it’s our six-week online Orientation & Mobility course, Get Moving. This session is for Bay Area residents aged 55 and over.

It’s a comprehensive course with two classes per week using the Zoom platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe and independent travel.

The lessons are: Benefits of O&M Training; Overview of Sensory, Spatial & Environmental Awareness; Orientation Strategies and Skills; Tactile Graphics/TMAP; 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.

Mondays & Wednesdays: January 25 & 27; February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24; March 1, 3 & 8 from 10:00 am to noon (no class Presidents’ Day, February 15)

RSVP by noon on Friday, January 15 to Chris Williams at Cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

Feb 4(2 events)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion February Virtual Workshop


Feb 4

February's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from February 1 through 26, no class Presidents' Day, February 15.

The Employment Services Department offers a comprehensive Workshop Series specifically designed for Blind and Visually Impaired Job Seekers. Although the basic components of a job search are offered such as building powerful resumes, compelling cover letters and interview skills, graduates of the program state the most important skill learned is a sense of confidence and pride in their abilities. Join us through the Department of Rehabilitation and ready yourself for securing employment in the competitive job market!
 

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact the team through email: EIteam@lighthouse-sf.org.

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

10:00 am: Get Moving: Orientation & Mobility for Independent Travel (for DOR Consumers)


Feb 4

This is a comprehensive 6-week 14-class virtual course on Zoom introducing students to foundational Orientation & Mobility concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel and for gaining or retaining employment (this course is specifically for Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Consumers. Students meet twice a week for two-hour classes andparticipate in two hours of pre-class assessment, Zoom procedures and 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 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.

The course runs Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 19, 21, 27 & 28 and February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 & 25 from 10:00 am to noon.

Registration deadline is January 8, 2021. To register for the course and hear about the fees and materials,  please contact Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org and contact your DOR Counselor.

Feb 5(1 event)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

9:00 am: Employment Immersion February Virtual Workshop


Feb 5

February's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from February 1 through 26, no class Presidents' Day, February 15.

The Employment Services Department offers a comprehensive Workshop Series specifically designed for Blind and Visually Impaired Job Seekers. Although the basic components of a job search are offered such as building powerful resumes, compelling cover letters and interview skills, graduates of the program state the most important skill learned is a sense of confidence and pride in their abilities. Join us through the Department of Rehabilitation and ready yourself for securing employment in the competitive job market!
 

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact the team through email: EIteam@lighthouse-sf.org.

Feb 6(1 event)

All students, customers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask indoors in gatherings of 25 people or more, or if asked to do so in someone's personal space at all our sites.

7:00 pm: Enchanted Hills Camp Virtual Campfire


Feb 6

Camp Director, Tony Fletcher will serve as your host and hopes you will be able join. The campfires are designed for all ages and will focus on camp updates, music, laughter and fun. Please RSVP if you are interested in attending and we are happy to provide the Zoom information. You will be able to use the same Zoom link for the campfires between January and May of 2021.

The structure for the February campfire will be:

  1. Welcome and camp music
  2. Updates on camp building efforts
  3. Summer camp program updates
  4. Camper check-ins
  5. Special acknowledgments of campers and staff that have passed
  6. LightHouse Virtual Program Announcements
  7. Break Out Rooms for open discussion.

RSVP to Alyah Thomas at ehc@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7345.

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!