Calendar

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 August 2020

  • Yoga: Alignment Flow - Online Class

    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.

    Yoga: Alignment Flow - Online Class


    Aug 3

    Yoga: Alignment Flow, Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    LightHouse yoga instructor Kimm Ropicky knows that now, more than ever, it’s vital to our health and wellbeing to get some movement into our lives. Kimm is extending her online class offerings via her private practice to the LightHouse community per the following instructions. Some knowledge of yoga is helpful, though not necessary. Joining the Zoom meeting with your video enabled allows Kimm to provide more detailed feedback, particularly in the event you ask for clarification.

    What You Need to Know:
    • Be Early--Please join the class 10-15 minutes prior to allow time to resolve technical issues.
    • Duration--All classes are 60 minutes in length.
    • Donations--Class is donation-based. Please pay what you can. No one will be turned away for a lack of funds. Recommended donations $10-$20. Please consider showing your support via one of these platforms: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=31997465
    Venmo: Kimberly-Ropicky
    PayPal: kimberlyropicky@gmail.com
    A password Required--In order to create a safe space for connection with our community, a password for each meeting is required. To obtain, please do either of the following: Email: Kimmropickyyoga@gmail.com or Follow/DM on Instagram: @yogawithkimm
    • Registration will end one hour prior to class. Any messages up to an hour before class will receive response after class.

    • Consult your Doctor--Please consult with your doctor before practicing, to be mindful of any conditions you may have and how this practice may impact you.

    • Class Description--Yoga: Alignment Flow Monday's and Friday's from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This class is recommended for beginners.

    • Props strongly recommended: 2 Blocks or 1 chair, a strap or a hand towel and a blanket (like a throw blanket) and 1-2 balls, like tennis balls or lacrosse balls.

    • To join please click Meeting URL and enter password obtained by pre-registering.

    YES Summer Academy (online)

    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.

    YES Summer Academy (online)


    Aug 3

    LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    Connect, Learn, and Grow

    YES Summer Academy Goes Online!

    Youth Employment Series (YES)
    July 6 (Monday) – August 7 (Friday), 2020

    Registrations open until June 12, 2020

    The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Youth Employment Series (YES) is excited to offer a redesigned 2020 Academy for aged between 16 – 24 years youth who are blind or have low vision.

    Despite the many changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Youth will continue to have the opportunity to fill their summer with engaging and valuable learning experiences. They will have the chance to participate in independent living trainings, employment readiness projects, peer social hours, and mentoring conversations with life-long friends, mentors and supportive LightHouse staff through this groundbreaking program.

    The YES Virtual Summer Academy is a 5-week long interactive experience. Youth will gain first-hand knowledge of building confidence and positive identity, learn collaboration and how to be a "team player”. They will get to know how to identify strengths and interests, as well as acquire a sense of direction through personalized job exploration learning activities.

     

    The program will culminate with youth investigating career interests and equipping themselves with the tools to transition successfully. These include:

    • Career/strength assessment plans
    • Working resume
    • Interview strategies

    Specific days will have a particular focus:

    • Mondays – presenter spotlight and seminars
    • Wednesdays - group-based discussions and weekly community building evening sessions.
    • Fridays - one-on-one coaching sessions

    Students will receive 5-6 hours of direct weekly instruction via Zoom, phone, and email communication, approximately 2 hours per day, 3 days per week; they are also expected to complete application activities and work-based learning projects along with scheduled sessions.

    The YES Summer Academy will encourage students to reflect and apply their learning experience to their lives and be more prepared for future dream opportunities and adulthood.

    To take part in the YES Summer Academy, follow the steps below:

    1. Complete the LightHouse Student Intake Form and select “YES Summer Academy 2020” under the Program Interest section. If you have participated in LightHouse Youth programs within the last year, please skip this step and go directly to Step 2.
    2. Complete  the YES Summer Academy Participation Application and Short Responses. Please send your responses to youth@lighthouse-sf.org by June 12, 2020.

     

    For professionals looking to fund places for students in the YES Academy Summer Series, please see the below planned learning outcomes:

    1. Job exploration counseling
    2. Counseling on opportunities for exploration and enrollment in comprehensive transition or post-secondary educational programs
    3. Workplace readiness training to develop soft and independent living skills
    4. Critical instruction in self-advocacy refinement and connection to blind and low vision mentors
    5. Work-based learning opportunities via community involvement, and additional emphasis around critical Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) concepts including assistive technology and independent living.

     

    If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, Transition Program Specialist, at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7328

     

    We look forward to welcoming your students to the LightHouse YES Summer Academy 2020.

    Virtual Yoga with Amber

    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.

    Virtual Yoga with Amber


    Aug 3

    Join us every Monday at 2:00 p.m. for a virtual yoga class where Amber will guide you through a full vinyasa flow to keep you healthy and strong. This class is for people who have done yoga before and have a general idea of the basic poses. For call-in details please email Amber at asherrard@lighthouse-sf.org.

  • Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I

    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.

    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I


    Aug 4

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 23, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    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/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Tech Together Online: Tech for Staying Informed

    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.

    Tech Together Online: Tech for Staying Informed


    Aug 4

    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.

    August 4: Tech for staying informed:

    During these turbulent times, you may wish to access news articles, data, and alerts in various ways. We’ll highlight some accessible news platforms, and tips for knowing where your news is coming from when surfing social media or the web.

    Upcoming

    August 11: How to Choose Your Access Technology

    August 18: Tech for Entering Text

  • Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)

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    Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


    Aug 5

    Stress Reduction & Meditation Goes Virtual

    Please note that although LightHouse is closed for the holidays, this virtual class is still being held on December 22.

    Each Wednesday morning we offer a series of short, meditation-based practices for relaxation and stress reduction. The group is appropriate for both beginners and advanced practitioners and instruction is provided in all aspects of the practice. Instructor Jeffrey Schneider has more than 40 years of meditation and teaching experience. It is a virtual class using the Zoom platform—everyone is welcome as little or often as they like. Dial in, find a comfortable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

    RSVP to Sabrina Bolus at Sbolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    YES Summer Academy (online)

    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.

    YES Summer Academy (online)


    Aug 5

    LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    Connect, Learn, and Grow

    YES Summer Academy Goes Online!

    Youth Employment Series (YES)
    July 6 (Monday) – August 7 (Friday), 2020

    Registrations open until June 12, 2020

    The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Youth Employment Series (YES) is excited to offer a redesigned 2020 Academy for aged between 16 – 24 years youth who are blind or have low vision.

    Despite the many changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Youth will continue to have the opportunity to fill their summer with engaging and valuable learning experiences. They will have the chance to participate in independent living trainings, employment readiness projects, peer social hours, and mentoring conversations with life-long friends, mentors and supportive LightHouse staff through this groundbreaking program.

    The YES Virtual Summer Academy is a 5-week long interactive experience. Youth will gain first-hand knowledge of building confidence and positive identity, learn collaboration and how to be a "team player”. They will get to know how to identify strengths and interests, as well as acquire a sense of direction through personalized job exploration learning activities.

     

    The program will culminate with youth investigating career interests and equipping themselves with the tools to transition successfully. These include:

    • Career/strength assessment plans
    • Working resume
    • Interview strategies

    Specific days will have a particular focus:

    • Mondays – presenter spotlight and seminars
    • Wednesdays - group-based discussions and weekly community building evening sessions.
    • Fridays - one-on-one coaching sessions

    Students will receive 5-6 hours of direct weekly instruction via Zoom, phone, and email communication, approximately 2 hours per day, 3 days per week; they are also expected to complete application activities and work-based learning projects along with scheduled sessions.

    The YES Summer Academy will encourage students to reflect and apply their learning experience to their lives and be more prepared for future dream opportunities and adulthood.

    To take part in the YES Summer Academy, follow the steps below:

    1. Complete the LightHouse Student Intake Form and select “YES Summer Academy 2020” under the Program Interest section. If you have participated in LightHouse Youth programs within the last year, please skip this step and go directly to Step 2.
    2. Complete  the YES Summer Academy Participation Application and Short Responses. Please send your responses to youth@lighthouse-sf.org by June 12, 2020.

     

    For professionals looking to fund places for students in the YES Academy Summer Series, please see the below planned learning outcomes:

    1. Job exploration counseling
    2. Counseling on opportunities for exploration and enrollment in comprehensive transition or post-secondary educational programs
    3. Workplace readiness training to develop soft and independent living skills
    4. Critical instruction in self-advocacy refinement and connection to blind and low vision mentors
    5. Work-based learning opportunities via community involvement, and additional emphasis around critical Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) concepts including assistive technology and independent living.

     

    If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, Transition Program Specialist, at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7328

     

    We look forward to welcoming your students to the LightHouse YES Summer Academy 2020.

    Optimal Health, Optimal You: Virtual Health Class (online)

    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.

    Optimal Health, Optimal You: Virtual Health Class (online)


    Aug 5

    Call into our new virtual health class to listen to an episode of our favorite health podcast, Optimal Health Daily. You will have a chance to participate in a group discussion, do a live Q&A with our Health and Wellness guru, Amber, and set weekly health goals to stay fit and fierce!

    Calling in is easy, just email or call Amber Sherrard at asherrard@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7353 to RSVP and get call-in information. Stay well!

     

  • Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I

    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.

    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I


    Aug 6

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 23, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    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/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

  • YES Summer Academy (online)

    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.

    YES Summer Academy (online)


    Aug 7

    LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    Connect, Learn, and Grow

    YES Summer Academy Goes Online!

    Youth Employment Series (YES)
    July 6 (Monday) – August 7 (Friday), 2020

    Registrations open until June 12, 2020

    The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Youth Employment Series (YES) is excited to offer a redesigned 2020 Academy for aged between 16 – 24 years youth who are blind or have low vision.

    Despite the many changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Youth will continue to have the opportunity to fill their summer with engaging and valuable learning experiences. They will have the chance to participate in independent living trainings, employment readiness projects, peer social hours, and mentoring conversations with life-long friends, mentors and supportive LightHouse staff through this groundbreaking program.

    The YES Virtual Summer Academy is a 5-week long interactive experience. Youth will gain first-hand knowledge of building confidence and positive identity, learn collaboration and how to be a "team player”. They will get to know how to identify strengths and interests, as well as acquire a sense of direction through personalized job exploration learning activities.

     

    The program will culminate with youth investigating career interests and equipping themselves with the tools to transition successfully. These include:

    • Career/strength assessment plans
    • Working resume
    • Interview strategies

    Specific days will have a particular focus:

    • Mondays – presenter spotlight and seminars
    • Wednesdays - group-based discussions and weekly community building evening sessions.
    • Fridays - one-on-one coaching sessions

    Students will receive 5-6 hours of direct weekly instruction via Zoom, phone, and email communication, approximately 2 hours per day, 3 days per week; they are also expected to complete application activities and work-based learning projects along with scheduled sessions.

    The YES Summer Academy will encourage students to reflect and apply their learning experience to their lives and be more prepared for future dream opportunities and adulthood.

    To take part in the YES Summer Academy, follow the steps below:

    1. Complete the LightHouse Student Intake Form and select “YES Summer Academy 2020” under the Program Interest section. If you have participated in LightHouse Youth programs within the last year, please skip this step and go directly to Step 2.
    2. Complete  the YES Summer Academy Participation Application and Short Responses. Please send your responses to youth@lighthouse-sf.org by June 12, 2020.

     

    For professionals looking to fund places for students in the YES Academy Summer Series, please see the below planned learning outcomes:

    1. Job exploration counseling
    2. Counseling on opportunities for exploration and enrollment in comprehensive transition or post-secondary educational programs
    3. Workplace readiness training to develop soft and independent living skills
    4. Critical instruction in self-advocacy refinement and connection to blind and low vision mentors
    5. Work-based learning opportunities via community involvement, and additional emphasis around critical Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) concepts including assistive technology and independent living.

     

    If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, Transition Program Specialist, at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7328

     

    We look forward to welcoming your students to the LightHouse YES Summer Academy 2020.

    The Weekly Wind-Down with Amber (online)

    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.

    The Weekly Wind-Down with Amber (online)


    Aug 7

    Click or call in to our virtual Weekly Windown every Friday at 12:30 p.m. for a guided meditation, mindfulness discussion and a chance to build community with our LightHouse family. All are welcome. Please email or call Amber Sherrard to sign up at asherrard@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7353.

  • Yoga: Alignment Flow - Online Class

    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.

    Yoga: Alignment Flow - Online Class


    Aug 10

    Yoga: Alignment Flow, Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    LightHouse yoga instructor Kimm Ropicky knows that now, more than ever, it’s vital to our health and wellbeing to get some movement into our lives. Kimm is extending her online class offerings via her private practice to the LightHouse community per the following instructions. Some knowledge of yoga is helpful, though not necessary. Joining the Zoom meeting with your video enabled allows Kimm to provide more detailed feedback, particularly in the event you ask for clarification.

    What You Need to Know:
    • Be Early--Please join the class 10-15 minutes prior to allow time to resolve technical issues.
    • Duration--All classes are 60 minutes in length.
    • Donations--Class is donation-based. Please pay what you can. No one will be turned away for a lack of funds. Recommended donations $10-$20. Please consider showing your support via one of these platforms: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=31997465
    Venmo: Kimberly-Ropicky
    PayPal: kimberlyropicky@gmail.com
    A password Required--In order to create a safe space for connection with our community, a password for each meeting is required. To obtain, please do either of the following: Email: Kimmropickyyoga@gmail.com or Follow/DM on Instagram: @yogawithkimm
    • Registration will end one hour prior to class. Any messages up to an hour before class will receive response after class.

    • Consult your Doctor--Please consult with your doctor before practicing, to be mindful of any conditions you may have and how this practice may impact you.

    • Class Description--Yoga: Alignment Flow Monday's and Friday's from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This class is recommended for beginners.

    • Props strongly recommended: 2 Blocks or 1 chair, a strap or a hand towel and a blanket (like a throw blanket) and 1-2 balls, like tennis balls or lacrosse balls.

    • To join please click Meeting URL and enter password obtained by pre-registering.

    Virtual Yoga with Amber

    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.

    Virtual Yoga with Amber


    Aug 10

    Join us every Monday at 2:00 p.m. for a virtual yoga class where Amber will guide you through a full vinyasa flow to keep you healthy and strong. This class is for people who have done yoga before and have a general idea of the basic poses. For call-in details please email Amber at asherrard@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Monthly Mentor Mondays: Your Virtual Technology Toolbox

    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.

    Monthly Mentor Mondays: Your Virtual Technology Toolbox


    Aug 10

    Second Monday of the month: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    This fall, LightHouse’s Youth Program is excited to offer a new series for our youth that are blind or have low vision. In this new monthly series, Lighthouse staff will lead the panel of young blind leaders through a conversation about topics important to the success of youth. Each month will have new mentors sharing their thoughts, stories and advice about that month’s topic. Students that attend will also have ample time to ask questions to that month’s mentors. Topics of our monthly panel will include subjects such as advocacy, career exploration, social interaction, self-determination, accessible technology and recreation and leisure, with a focus on the additional challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has given all of us.

    Upcoming Topics

    October 12 - Your Virtual Technology Toolbox

    For our October Monthly Mentor Monday, youth will learn about all sorts of high and low-tech gear that that other blind and low vision youth use to be successful.  Whether it’s a simple slate and stylus or a quick note, the latest braille display, or software that can help you access for class materials or things in other aspects of life.

    November 9: Making connections as a blind or low vision student
    December 14: TBD

    If you have any questions or would like to RSVP to Monthly Mentor Mondays, please contact, Jamey Gump at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7372. RSVP by 5:00 p.m. the Friday before each event.

  • Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I

    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.

    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I


    Aug 11

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 23, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    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/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Tech Together Online: How to Choose Your Access Technology

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    Tech Together Online: How to Choose Your Access Technology


    Aug 11

    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.

    August 11: How to Choose Your Access Technology

    Specialists will share our approach to technology assessments, a fancy term for the decision making process of what mainstream and access technologies are best for you. If you are planning to come to our Virtual Select the Right Tech on Friday the 14, this is an excellent pre-show.

    Upcoming

    August 18: Tech for Entering Text

    Join us for one or all of these conversations, which will be conducted using the Zoom platform. You can connect to Zoom using a computer, an app, or by dialing in from any phone. Zoom meeting details will be provided when you RSVP to: ADecker@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7343 Please note that we need your email address to invite you to the Zoom meeting, so RSVP via email is preferred.

    National Federation of the Blind San Francisco Chapter Meeting (online)

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    National Federation of the Blind San Francisco Chapter Meeting (online)


    Aug 11

    The National Federation of the Blind is a nationwide community of members that believe blind people can live the lives they want. We meet online via Zoom with the following schedule:

    5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Connections, a semi-structured time to get to know chapter members
    6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Virtual Happy (Half) Hour
    6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Chapter Meeting

    To RSVP, contact Christina Daniels at ms.christina.daniels@gmail.com.

    *Please note, this group is not afflicted with LightHouse.

    Read more: National Federation of the Blind San Francisco Chapter Meeting (online)

  • Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)

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    Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


    Aug 12

    Stress Reduction & Meditation Goes Virtual

    Please note that although LightHouse is closed for the holidays, this virtual class is still being held on December 22.

    Each Wednesday morning we offer a series of short, meditation-based practices for relaxation and stress reduction. The group is appropriate for both beginners and advanced practitioners and instruction is provided in all aspects of the practice. Instructor Jeffrey Schneider has more than 40 years of meditation and teaching experience. It is a virtual class using the Zoom platform—everyone is welcome as little or often as they like. Dial in, find a comfortable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

    RSVP to Sabrina Bolus at Sbolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    Optimal Health, Optimal You: Virtual Health Class (online)

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    Optimal Health, Optimal You: Virtual Health Class (online)


    Aug 12

    Call into our new virtual health class to listen to an episode of our favorite health podcast, Optimal Health Daily. You will have a chance to participate in a group discussion, do a live Q&A with our Health and Wellness guru, Amber, and set weekly health goals to stay fit and fierce!

    Calling in is easy, just email or call Amber Sherrard at asherrard@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7353 to RSVP and get call-in information. Stay well!

     

  • Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I

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    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I


    Aug 13

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 23, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    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/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

  • Select The Right Tech, Going Virtual!

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    Select The Right Tech, Going Virtual!


    Aug 14

    If you're blind or visually impaired, finding the right piece of access technology can be a big, and sometimes daunting, undertaking, but knowing what options can meet your needs is the first step. Back by popular demand, here's a chance to see first hand the latest and greatest in access technology. We've invited a variety of access technology vendors to come show you magnification, Braille displays, hand held devices, apps, and more. This is your opportunity to see all the products in 1 place, hear from the experts, and ask questions. While you're here, chat with a Lighthouse technology specialist to Get tips on selecting the right technology to meet your individual needs, and learn how you can receive training on your access technology here at the Lighthouse. When: Friday, August 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This workshop will be conducted using the Zoom platform. You can connect to Zoom using a computer, an app, or by dialing in from any phone.

    Zoom meeting details will be provided when you rsvp by email to: AT@lighthouse-sf.org or by leaving a voicemail at: 415-694-7312.

    Please note that we need your email address to invite you to the Zoom meeting, so RSVP via email is preferred. lighthouse offers space for vendors to show their products to the blind community, but vendor participation in this event does not imply Lighthouse endorsement.

    The Weekly Wind-Down with Amber (online)

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    The Weekly Wind-Down with Amber (online)


    Aug 14

    Click or call in to our virtual Weekly Windown every Friday at 12:30 p.m. for a guided meditation, mindfulness discussion and a chance to build community with our LightHouse family. All are welcome. Please email or call Amber Sherrard to sign up at asherrard@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7353.

  • California Council of the Blind San Francisco Chapter meeting (online)

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    California Council of the Blind San Francisco Chapter meeting (online)


    Aug 15

    The San Francisco Chapter of the California Council of the Blind invites you to our monthly meeting via Zoom. For more information, contact Frank Welte by Email at Frank.A.Welte@gmail.com or by phone at 510-541-1442.

    *Please note, this group is not affiliated with LightHouse.

  • Yoga: Alignment Flow - Online Class

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    Yoga: Alignment Flow - Online Class


    Aug 17

    Yoga: Alignment Flow, Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    LightHouse yoga instructor Kimm Ropicky knows that now, more than ever, it’s vital to our health and wellbeing to get some movement into our lives. Kimm is extending her online class offerings via her private practice to the LightHouse community per the following instructions. Some knowledge of yoga is helpful, though not necessary. Joining the Zoom meeting with your video enabled allows Kimm to provide more detailed feedback, particularly in the event you ask for clarification.

    What You Need to Know:
    • Be Early--Please join the class 10-15 minutes prior to allow time to resolve technical issues.
    • Duration--All classes are 60 minutes in length.
    • Donations--Class is donation-based. Please pay what you can. No one will be turned away for a lack of funds. Recommended donations $10-$20. Please consider showing your support via one of these platforms: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=31997465
    Venmo: Kimberly-Ropicky
    PayPal: kimberlyropicky@gmail.com
    A password Required--In order to create a safe space for connection with our community, a password for each meeting is required. To obtain, please do either of the following: Email: Kimmropickyyoga@gmail.com or Follow/DM on Instagram: @yogawithkimm
    • Registration will end one hour prior to class. Any messages up to an hour before class will receive response after class.

    • Consult your Doctor--Please consult with your doctor before practicing, to be mindful of any conditions you may have and how this practice may impact you.

    • Class Description--Yoga: Alignment Flow Monday's and Friday's from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This class is recommended for beginners.

    • Props strongly recommended: 2 Blocks or 1 chair, a strap or a hand towel and a blanket (like a throw blanket) and 1-2 balls, like tennis balls or lacrosse balls.

    • To join please click Meeting URL and enter password obtained by pre-registering.

    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II

    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.

    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II


    Aug 17

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 28, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific. No class on Labor Day, September 7.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    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/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Virtual Yoga with Amber

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    Virtual Yoga with Amber


    Aug 17

    Join us every Monday at 2:00 p.m. for a virtual yoga class where Amber will guide you through a full vinyasa flow to keep you healthy and strong. This class is for people who have done yoga before and have a general idea of the basic poses. For call-in details please email Amber at asherrard@lighthouse-sf.org.

  • Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I

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    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I


    Aug 18

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 23, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    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/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Tech Together Online: Tech for Entering Text

    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.

    Tech Together Online: Tech for Entering Text


    Aug 18

    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.

    August 18: Tech for Entering Text

    There are many ways to get information in to our devices. learn tips for making the most of dictation, touch screen keyboards, and tips for improving your keyboard efficiency.

    Join us for one or all of these conversations, which will be conducted using the Zoom platform. You can connect to Zoom using a computer, an app, or by dialing in from any phone. Zoom meeting details will be provided when you RSVP to: ADecker@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7343 Please note that we need your email address to invite you to the Zoom meeting, so RSVP via email is preferred.

  • Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)

    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.

    Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


    Aug 19

    Stress Reduction & Meditation Goes Virtual

    Please note that although LightHouse is closed for the holidays, this virtual class is still being held on December 22.

    Each Wednesday morning we offer a series of short, meditation-based practices for relaxation and stress reduction. The group is appropriate for both beginners and advanced practitioners and instruction is provided in all aspects of the practice. Instructor Jeffrey Schneider has more than 40 years of meditation and teaching experience. It is a virtual class using the Zoom platform—everyone is welcome as little or often as they like. Dial in, find a comfortable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

    RSVP to Sabrina Bolus at Sbolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II

    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.

    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II


    Aug 19

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 28, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific. No class on Labor Day, September 7.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    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/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Optimal Health, Optimal You: Virtual Health Class (online)

    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.

    Optimal Health, Optimal You: Virtual Health Class (online)


    Aug 19

    Call into our new virtual health class to listen to an episode of our favorite health podcast, Optimal Health Daily. You will have a chance to participate in a group discussion, do a live Q&A with our Health and Wellness guru, Amber, and set weekly health goals to stay fit and fierce!

    Calling in is easy, just email or call Amber Sherrard at asherrard@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7353 to RSVP and get call-in information. Stay well!

     

  • Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I

    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.

    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I


    Aug 20

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 23, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    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/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

  • The Weekly Wind-Down with Amber (online)

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    The Weekly Wind-Down with Amber (online)


    Aug 21

    Click or call in to our virtual Weekly Windown every Friday at 12:30 p.m. for a guided meditation, mindfulness discussion and a chance to build community with our LightHouse family. All are welcome. Please email or call Amber Sherrard to sign up at asherrard@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7353.

    Virtual Meditation & Mindfulness

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    Virtual Meditation & Mindfulness


    Aug 21

    Click or call in to our virtual Mindfulness & Meditation Class every Friday at 12:30 p.m. for a guided meditation, mindfulness discussion and a chance to build community with our LightHouse family. All are welcome. Please email or call Amber Sherrard to sign up at asherrard@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7353.

  • Yoga: Alignment Flow - Online Class

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    Yoga: Alignment Flow - Online Class


    Aug 24

    Yoga: Alignment Flow, Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    LightHouse yoga instructor Kimm Ropicky knows that now, more than ever, it’s vital to our health and wellbeing to get some movement into our lives. Kimm is extending her online class offerings via her private practice to the LightHouse community per the following instructions. Some knowledge of yoga is helpful, though not necessary. Joining the Zoom meeting with your video enabled allows Kimm to provide more detailed feedback, particularly in the event you ask for clarification.

    What You Need to Know:
    • Be Early--Please join the class 10-15 minutes prior to allow time to resolve technical issues.
    • Duration--All classes are 60 minutes in length.
    • Donations--Class is donation-based. Please pay what you can. No one will be turned away for a lack of funds. Recommended donations $10-$20. Please consider showing your support via one of these platforms: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=31997465
    Venmo: Kimberly-Ropicky
    PayPal: kimberlyropicky@gmail.com
    A password Required--In order to create a safe space for connection with our community, a password for each meeting is required. To obtain, please do either of the following: Email: Kimmropickyyoga@gmail.com or Follow/DM on Instagram: @yogawithkimm
    • Registration will end one hour prior to class. Any messages up to an hour before class will receive response after class.

    • Consult your Doctor--Please consult with your doctor before practicing, to be mindful of any conditions you may have and how this practice may impact you.

    • Class Description--Yoga: Alignment Flow Monday's and Friday's from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This class is recommended for beginners.

    • Props strongly recommended: 2 Blocks or 1 chair, a strap or a hand towel and a blanket (like a throw blanket) and 1-2 balls, like tennis balls or lacrosse balls.

    • To join please click Meeting URL and enter password obtained by pre-registering.

    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II

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    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II


    Aug 24

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 28, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific. No class on Labor Day, September 7.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    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/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Virtual Yoga with Amber

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    Virtual Yoga with Amber


    Aug 24

    Join us every Monday at 2:00 p.m. for a virtual yoga class where Amber will guide you through a full vinyasa flow to keep you healthy and strong. This class is for people who have done yoga before and have a general idea of the basic poses. For call-in details please email Amber at asherrard@lighthouse-sf.org.

  • Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I

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    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I


    Aug 25

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 23, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    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/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Lost In Space: A Virtual Workshop On Orientation

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    Lost In Space: A Virtual Workshop On Orientation


    Aug 25

    Do you have a terrible sense of direction? Is it hard to learn your way around new spaces? Are you afraid to explore new places on your own? If so, this workshop is for you. Come discover what you can do at home to improve your sense of direction. Learn about three components of spatial orientation and what you can do to strengthen your skill in these area. Learn the benefits of cardinal directions and using your smartphone’s built-in compass, explore the power of being able to read and even construct tactile maps, and understand the importance of correctly estimating distances and using spatial vocabulary words. The workshop will include practical things that you can do every day to improve the way you understand and navigate space.

    This 2-hour Zoom presentation is provided at no cost to students living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity Counties; attendees living in other areas are asked to pay a $75 fee, payable by credit card.

    RSVP to Sarah McIntyre at SMcintyre@lighthouse-sf.org 415-694-7611 by August 18, 2020. Space is limited to 20 participants.

    Take Note: Online Notetaking Workshop

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    Take Note: Online Notetaking Workshop


    Aug 25

    Are you tracking a dozen Zoom meetings a week? How about preparing for an upcoming exam? Are you trying to keep track of the names and numbers of folks you've met through online networking events? Perhaps you are preparing for school, in person, or in the virtual classroom. Maybe you are simply interested in learning different ways to take notes? If so, take note of this upcoming workshop. Join us for a notetaking workshop to discuss a variety of options for writing down, organizing, and reviewing information.

    Whether you’re managing a full course load, or you just want a better way of jotting down phone numbers and book recommendations, this workshop will have something for everyone. This workshop will take place on Zoom. RSVP ADecker@lighthouse-sf.org or by leaving a voicemail at 415-694-7343. RSVP by email is preferred.

  • Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)

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    Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


    Aug 26

    Stress Reduction & Meditation Goes Virtual

    Please note that although LightHouse is closed for the holidays, this virtual class is still being held on December 22.

    Each Wednesday morning we offer a series of short, meditation-based practices for relaxation and stress reduction. The group is appropriate for both beginners and advanced practitioners and instruction is provided in all aspects of the practice. Instructor Jeffrey Schneider has more than 40 years of meditation and teaching experience. It is a virtual class using the Zoom platform—everyone is welcome as little or often as they like. Dial in, find a comfortable position, breathe deeply, clear your head, and de-stress.

    RSVP to Sabrina Bolus at Sbolus@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7607.

    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II

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    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II


    Aug 26

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 28, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific. No class on Labor Day, September 7.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    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/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Optimal Health, Optimal You: Virtual Health Class (online)

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    Optimal Health, Optimal You: Virtual Health Class (online)


    Aug 26

    Call into our new virtual health class to listen to an episode of our favorite health podcast, Optimal Health Daily. You will have a chance to participate in a group discussion, do a live Q&A with our Health and Wellness guru, Amber, and set weekly health goals to stay fit and fierce!

    Calling in is easy, just email or call Amber Sherrard at asherrard@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7353 to RSVP and get call-in information. Stay well!

     

  • Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I

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    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I


    Aug 27

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 23, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    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/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

  • Hands-On: In Case of Emergency (Online)

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    Hands-On: In Case of Emergency (Online)


    Aug 28

    The Hands-On Series of workshops are designed to provide information, and to provide hands-on experience completing tasks and mastering skills. By the end of each workshop you will have practiced at least one skill that you can begin using in your daily life. Each workshop will have a theme under the umbrella of Independent Living Skills. Themes may include: note taking, household projects, DIY cleaning products, make-up, household/office organization, container gardening, meal prep, and sensory skills, just to name a few!

    Next up:

    Hands On - In Case of Emergency: Learn ways to prepare yourself for an emergency. Participants will learn about resources, will start creating an emergency plan and start assembling materials for their own “Go Kit”.

    When: Friday, August 28 and Friday, September 4, from 10:00 to 12. This is a two-part workshop!

    Where: Zoom conference calls will be used for each session. Once you have RSVP’d you will get the Link to the Zoom meeting, or the call-in number, if attending by phone.

     

    Instructors: Dawn Leeflang, Patti Rose, and Bobbi Pompey

    What is the Cost of this workshop?

    Hands-on workshops are provided at no charge to people 55+ living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, or are under age 55, there is a fee. Scholarships are available.

    How to Sign Up: Please RSVP by 8/26 to Briana Kusuma at BKusuma@lighthouse-sf.org  or 415-694-7335.

    Questions? Contact Dawn Leeflang at DLeeflang@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7361.

    The Weekly Wind-Down with Amber (online)

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    The Weekly Wind-Down with Amber (online)


    Aug 28

    Click or call in to our virtual Weekly Windown every Friday at 12:30 p.m. for a guided meditation, mindfulness discussion and a chance to build community with our LightHouse family. All are welcome. Please email or call Amber Sherrard to sign up at asherrard@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7353.

    Youth PLUG-In - Zooming Beyond Your Summer: Strategies to Stay Entertained and Motivated

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    Youth PLUG-In - Zooming Beyond Your Summer: Strategies to Stay Entertained and Motivated


    Aug 28

    Youth PLUG-In is Back! Zooming Beyond Your Summer: Strategies to Stay Entertained and Motivated Friday, August 28, 2020, from 4:00-6:00 PM

    What: The summer is drawing to a close so what next? Building on the theme of back to school and maintaining motivation, we will reflect on our summer, explore how to stay connected and entertained at home, as well as have an honest discussion around the challenges of staying focused as we prepare for the upcoming semester. Plug-in to an enjoyable and informative social where we will use interactive activities to explore the above topics. You will not want to miss the opportunity to obtain and identify the necessary tools you will need for your academic and social wellbeing!

    When: Friday, August 28 from 4:00-6:00 PM PST

    Where: RSVP with your DOR counselor to obtain an authorization.

    For more information, contact Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, Transition Program Specialist, at 415-484-8377 or akwong@lighthouse-sf.org by Thursday noon, one day before the session. You will receive the Zoom invitation information on the morning of the Social.

    Youth PLUG-In (Professional Learning Under Guidance) is a virtual connection program designed to keep you engaged and motivated as we continue to remain at home and practice safe public health guidance. Just because we are geographically separated does not mean the world has to halt. Youth PLUG-In continues to offer events for transition-age youth from all over to stay involved and increase your (social well-being, pre-employment and transition, and Expanded Core Curriculum skills).

    Learn more.

  • Yoga: Alignment Flow - Online Class

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    Yoga: Alignment Flow - Online Class


    Aug 31

    Yoga: Alignment Flow, Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    LightHouse yoga instructor Kimm Ropicky knows that now, more than ever, it’s vital to our health and wellbeing to get some movement into our lives. Kimm is extending her online class offerings via her private practice to the LightHouse community per the following instructions. Some knowledge of yoga is helpful, though not necessary. Joining the Zoom meeting with your video enabled allows Kimm to provide more detailed feedback, particularly in the event you ask for clarification.

    What You Need to Know:
    • Be Early--Please join the class 10-15 minutes prior to allow time to resolve technical issues.
    • Duration--All classes are 60 minutes in length.
    • Donations--Class is donation-based. Please pay what you can. No one will be turned away for a lack of funds. Recommended donations $10-$20. Please consider showing your support via one of these platforms: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=31997465
    Venmo: Kimberly-Ropicky
    PayPal: kimberlyropicky@gmail.com
    A password Required--In order to create a safe space for connection with our community, a password for each meeting is required. To obtain, please do either of the following: Email: Kimmropickyyoga@gmail.com or Follow/DM on Instagram: @yogawithkimm
    • Registration will end one hour prior to class. Any messages up to an hour before class will receive response after class.

    • Consult your Doctor--Please consult with your doctor before practicing, to be mindful of any conditions you may have and how this practice may impact you.

    • Class Description--Yoga: Alignment Flow Monday's and Friday's from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This class is recommended for beginners.

    • Props strongly recommended: 2 Blocks or 1 chair, a strap or a hand towel and a blanket (like a throw blanket) and 1-2 balls, like tennis balls or lacrosse balls.

    • To join please click Meeting URL and enter password obtained by pre-registering.

    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II

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    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II


    Aug 31

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 28, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific. No class on Labor Day, September 7.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    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/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Virtual Yoga with Amber

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    Virtual Yoga with Amber


    Aug 31

    Join us every Monday at 2:00 p.m. for a virtual yoga class where Amber will guide you through a full vinyasa flow to keep you healthy and strong. This class is for people who have done yoga before and have a general idea of the basic poses. For call-in details please email Amber at asherrard@lighthouse-sf.org.

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!