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Events in September 2020

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Aug 30
Aug 31(4 events)

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9:00 am: 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.

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

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


Aug 31

What does it really mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, will lead this call-in forum to discuss the many day-to-day ins-and-outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies. There's always a lively crowd sharing their own experiences, so make a cup of coffee (or tea), sit in your favorite chair and call in to chat the business of blindness.

For more information including dial in details, contact Serena Olsen at solsen@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7316.

 

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

10:00 am: Get Moving: 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.

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

2:00 pm: 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.

Sep 1(4 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 1

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

10:00 am: Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I


Sep 1

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.

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

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online: 100 things to say to Alexa


Sep 1

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. Here are the topics for September:

September 1: 100 things to say to Alexa
Are you making the most of your Amazon smart speaker? We’ll cover a wide variety of things you can ask Alexa without having to enable third party skills.

September 8: What About Google?
If you have a Google smart speaker, we’ll cover a range of tips and tricks for how to make the most of everything it can do.

September 15 Apps for Exploring Your World
We’ll share apps that can provide information on streets, route planning, and transit schedules.

September 22: Understanding Web Elements
If you are a screen reader user, you likely hear about headings, links, landmarks, tables and more, every time you venture on to the world wide web. We’ll share an overview of what these elements do, and how they can make your web browsing experience more efficient.

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: 415-694-7343 Please note that we need your email address to invite you to the Zoom meeting, so RSVP via email is preferred.

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

7:00 pm: Not So Bored Game Night (online)


Sep 1

Each week students from the Lighthouse Youth Program gather for our virtual Not So Bored Game Night. A weekly evening of fun and games for Blind and low vision youth from all over. Games start at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings and will include trivia contests, scavenger hunts and other interactive games that will have youth making friends. In addition, the LightHouse staff each week’s games will be led by a guest mentor that will also share insight into their education, career and life as a person who is blind or has low vision.

Who: students under 18 that are blind or have low vision
What: weekly game night and guest mentor spotlight via zoom When: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Anywhere you can access a Zoom meeting
RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program
Parents & Guardians: we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

If you are interested in signing up for the Not So Bored Game Night, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

Sep 2(4 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 2

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:30 am: Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


Sep 2

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.

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

10:00 am: Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II


Sep 2

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.

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

12:30 pm: Better Health 101 with Amber (Online)


Sep 2

Let's get better health together! Tune in to Better Health with Amber every Wednesday at 12:30 PM to deepen your knowledge on subjects such as personal development, improving sleep, nutrition, physical health, emotional health, and more. You will also have the opportunity to share, build community, and make new friends!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

Sep 3(4 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 3

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

10:00 am: Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I


Sep 3

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.

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

4:00 pm: Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club: Ice Age


Sep 3

To help you break up the routine and escape for some fun, join your friends for our weekly Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club. This weekly remote social gathering of blind and low vision youth takes place over zoom on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm. Films will be family-friendly and have audio descriptions enabled. Join us each week to help choose future films. Past films have included: Toy Story, Frozen, Inside out, Minions, Lion King and many other classics.

Who: Students under 18 that are Blind or have Low Vision
What: Audio Description Movie Club via Zoom
When: Thursday afternoons @ 4:00 pm Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

Parents & Guardians, we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

If you are interested in signing up for the Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

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

4:00 pm: Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club


Sep 3

To help you break up the routine and escape for some fun, join your friends for our weekly Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club. This weekly remote social gathering of blind and low vision youth takes place over zoom on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm. Films will be family-friendly and have audio descriptions enabled. Join us each week to help choose future films. Past films have included: Toy Story, Frozen, Inside out, Minions, Lion King and many other classics.

Who: Students under 18 that are Blind or have Low Vision
What: Audio Description Movie Club via Zoom
When: Thursday afternoons @ 4:00 pm Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

Parents & Guardians, we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

If you are interested in signing up for the Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

Sep 4(3 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 4

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

10:00 am: Hands-On: In Case of Emergency (Online)


Sep 4

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.

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

12:30 pm: The Weekly Wind-Down with Amber (online)


Sep 4

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.

Sep 5
Sep 6
Sep 7
Sep 8(5 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 8

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 8

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online: What About Google?


Sep 8

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. Here are the topics for September:

September 1: 100 things to say to Alexa
Are you making the most of your Amazon smart speaker? We’ll cover a wide variety of things you can ask Alexa without having to enable third party skills.

September 8: What About Google?
If you have a Google smart speaker, we’ll cover a range of tips and tricks for how to make the most of everything it can do.

September 15 Apps for Exploring Your World
We’ll share apps that can provide information on streets, route planning, and transit schedules.

September 22: Understanding Web Elements
If you are a screen reader user, you likely hear about headings, links, landmarks, tables and more, every time you venture on to the world wide web. We’ll share an overview of what these elements do, and how they can make your web browsing experience more efficient.

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: 415-694-7343 Please note that we need your email address to invite you to the Zoom meeting, so RSVP via email is preferred.

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

6:00 pm: National Federation of the Blind San Francisco Chapter Meeting (online)


Sep 8

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)

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

7:00 pm: Not So Bored Game Night (online)


Sep 8

Each week students from the Lighthouse Youth Program gather for our virtual Not So Bored Game Night. A weekly evening of fun and games for Blind and low vision youth from all over. Games start at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings and will include trivia contests, scavenger hunts and other interactive games that will have youth making friends. In addition, the LightHouse staff each week’s games will be led by a guest mentor that will also share insight into their education, career and life as a person who is blind or has low vision.

Who: students under 18 that are blind or have low vision
What: weekly game night and guest mentor spotlight via zoom When: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Anywhere you can access a Zoom meeting
RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program
Parents & Guardians: we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

If you are interested in signing up for the Not So Bored Game Night, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

Sep 9(5 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 9

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 9

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

9:30 am: Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


Sep 9

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.

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

10:00 am: Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II


Sep 9

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.

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

12:30 pm: Better Health 101 with Amber (Online)


Sep 9

Let's get better health together! Tune in to Better Health with Amber every Wednesday at 12:30 PM to deepen your knowledge on subjects such as personal development, improving sleep, nutrition, physical health, emotional health, and more. You will also have the opportunity to share, build community, and make new friends!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

Sep 10(5 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 10

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 10

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

12:30 pm: Using Tactile Graphics for Remote O&M Instruction


Sep 10

Calling all O&M Instructors! Join Sarah McIntyre, COMS, for a free webinar on “Using Tactile Graphics for Remote O&M Instruction.” Learn how to use high-quality tactile graphics while working remotely with O&M students of all ages. As a participant in this webinar, you will:

  • Get lesson plan ideas for using tactile graphics products that are available for purchase, such as Tactile Intersection Diagrams and TMAPs
  • Get access to free tactile graphics files aimed at developing spatial awareness, along with ideas for how to use these graphics to get your students actively mapping their home environments
  • Learn how to create high-quality custom tactile graphics for your students using a free software program
  • Learn what hardware is required to translate those graphics into tactile images

Lighthouse is partnering with the Northern Chapter of the California Association of Orientation and Mobility Specialists (N-CAOMS) in order to make ACVREP CEUs available to participants. 2 ACVREP Credits will be provided at no charge for current CAOMS members, and at $30 for non-CAOMS members.

Participants interested in CEUs for this webinar should complete the CAOMS ACVREP CEU Registration Form.

N-CAOMS membership is only $30 annually and is open to professionals across the nation.  To learn more about N-CAOMS Membership:

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

4:00 pm: Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club


Sep 10

To help you break up the routine and escape for some fun, join your friends for our weekly Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club. This weekly remote social gathering of blind and low vision youth takes place over zoom on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm. Films will be family-friendly and have audio descriptions enabled. Join us each week to help choose future films. Past films have included: Toy Story, Frozen, Inside out, Minions, Lion King and many other classics.

Who: Students under 18 that are Blind or have Low Vision
What: Audio Description Movie Club via Zoom
When: Thursday afternoons @ 4:00 pm Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

Parents & Guardians, we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

If you are interested in signing up for the Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

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

4:00 pm: Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club


Sep 10

To help you break up the routine and escape for some fun, join your friends for our weekly Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club. This weekly remote social gathering of blind and low vision youth takes place over zoom on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm. Films will be family-friendly and have audio descriptions enabled. Join us each week to help choose future films. Past films have included: Toy Story, Frozen, Inside out, Minions, Lion King and many other classics.

Who: Students under 18 that are Blind or have Low Vision
What: Audio Description Movie Club via Zoom
When: Thursday afternoons @ 4:00 pm Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

Parents & Guardians, we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

If you are interested in signing up for the Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

Sep 11(3 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 11

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 11

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

12:30 pm: The Weekly Wind-Down with Amber (online)


Sep 11

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.

Sep 12
Sep 13
Sep 14(7 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 14

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 14

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

9:00 am: Yoga: Alignment Flow - Online Class


Sep 14

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.

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

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


Sep 14

What does it really mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, will lead this call-in forum to discuss the many day-to-day ins-and-outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies. There's always a lively crowd sharing their own experiences, so make a cup of coffee (or tea), sit in your favorite chair and call in to chat the business of blindness.

For more information including dial in details, contact Serena Olsen at solsen@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7316.

 

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

10:00 am: Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II


Sep 14

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.

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

6:00 pm: National Federation of the Blind San Francisco Chapter Meeting (online)


Sep 14

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)

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

7:00 pm: Monthly Mentor Mondays: Your Virtual Technology Toolbox


Sep 14

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.

Sep 15(4 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 15

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 15

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online: Apps for Exploring Your World


Sep 15

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. Here are the topics for September:

September 1: 100 things to say to Alexa
Are you making the most of your Amazon smart speaker? We’ll cover a wide variety of things you can ask Alexa without having to enable third party skills.

September 8: What About Google?
If you have a Google smart speaker, we’ll cover a range of tips and tricks for how to make the most of everything it can do.

September 15 Apps for Exploring Your World
We’ll share apps that can provide information on streets, route planning, and transit schedules.

September 22: Understanding Web Elements
If you are a screen reader user, you likely hear about headings, links, landmarks, tables and more, every time you venture on to the world wide web. We’ll share an overview of what these elements do, and how they can make your web browsing experience more efficient.

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: 415-694-7343 Please note that we need your email address to invite you to the Zoom meeting, so RSVP via email is preferred.

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

7:00 pm: Not So Bored Game Night (online)


Sep 15

Each week students from the Lighthouse Youth Program gather for our virtual Not So Bored Game Night. A weekly evening of fun and games for Blind and low vision youth from all over. Games start at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings and will include trivia contests, scavenger hunts and other interactive games that will have youth making friends. In addition, the LightHouse staff each week’s games will be led by a guest mentor that will also share insight into their education, career and life as a person who is blind or has low vision.

Who: students under 18 that are blind or have low vision
What: weekly game night and guest mentor spotlight via zoom When: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Anywhere you can access a Zoom meeting
RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program
Parents & Guardians: we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

If you are interested in signing up for the Not So Bored Game Night, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

Sep 16(5 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 16

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 16

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

9:30 am: Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


Sep 16

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.

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

10:00 am: Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II


Sep 16

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.

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

12:30 pm: Better Health 101 with Amber (Online)


Sep 16

Let's get better health together! Tune in to Better Health with Amber every Wednesday at 12:30 PM to deepen your knowledge on subjects such as personal development, improving sleep, nutrition, physical health, emotional health, and more. You will also have the opportunity to share, build community, and make new friends!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

Sep 17(6 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 17

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 17

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

2:00 pm: National Fitness Challenge Office Hours (Online)


Sep 17

If you are apart of the USABA/Anthem National Fitness Challenge and need help setting up your FitBit or want to discuss more ideas on staying active and meeting your goals, pop into our office hours and Amber will help you out! Use the same link that you normally use for Health and Wellness activities or email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org.

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

3:30 pm: Disaster Preparedness Class for Berkeley Residents (online)


Sep 17

This Disaster Preparedness Class is for people who live or work in Berkeley. LightHouse is partnering with Berkeley Disaster Preparedness Neighborhood Network to offer these classes. The classes will be taught via Zoom or phone on both September 17th and 24 at 3:30 PM. Please contact OM Specialist, Danette Davis, at DDavis@lighthouse-sf.org for more information and to sign up.

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

4:00 pm: Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club


Sep 17

To help you break up the routine and escape for some fun, join your friends for our weekly Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club. This weekly remote social gathering of blind and low vision youth takes place over zoom on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm. Films will be family-friendly and have audio descriptions enabled. Join us each week to help choose future films. Past films have included: Toy Story, Frozen, Inside out, Minions, Lion King and many other classics.

Who: Students under 18 that are Blind or have Low Vision
What: Audio Description Movie Club via Zoom
When: Thursday afternoons @ 4:00 pm Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

Parents & Guardians, we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

If you are interested in signing up for the Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

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

6:00 pm: 30% & Growing Goes Virtual


Sep 17

Your go-to network of blind worker bees is back—join your 30% crew for this important virtual Happy Hour to reconnect and share resources and best practices at a time when everyone’s work life is upside down. Are you essential staff? Are you working from home? What resources and strategies have supported you through these rapidly changing times? How can you keep your job search active? What’s keeping your spirits and energy up? for Zoom access info, RSVP to Adult Program Coordinator Serena Olsen at SOlsen@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7316, then grab a bite to eat and your favorite beverage, and join the virtual networking party.
Sep 18(4 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 18

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 18

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

12:30 pm: The Weekly Wind-Down with Amber (online)


Sep 18

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.

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

4:00 pm: ACCESS Success! - Taking Out the Trash: My Independent Living Toolkit from Cooking to the Closet


Sep 18

ACCESS Success!
(Attaining College or Careers to Explore Skills and Strengths) – Virtual

September 18-19
Taking Out the Trash: My Independent Living Toolkit from Cooking to the Closet

September 18: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
September 19: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The ACCESS Success (Attaining College or Careers to Explore Skills and Strengths) workshops provide a platform for youth to investigate employment and post-secondary topics in-depth both as a cohort experience and with individualized support. The 2-day long module in September will focus on independent living as we all continue to remain at home and become increasingly familiar with our living and workspaces. We will discuss everything around managing our independence from cooking and closet organization, to managing money and expenses, to discuss ways how youth can obtain additional blindness training from different skills centers. The cohort experience allows transitional age youth to support one another as they explore their strengths, identify interests, discover resources, and develop their identities to cultivate informed choice around the attainment of post-secondary outcomes.

ACCESS Success is a program designed for transition-age youth (ages 14-24) and comprises of separate 2-day monthly modules. The ACCESS Workshops provide a platform for youth to further explore a specific independent living, post-secondary, or employment topic in-depth from Friday-Saturday as well as meet new friends, blind/low vision mentors, and stay connected! The ACCESS Success pre-employment transition skills curricula and learning outcomes are intentionally designed to focus on the five (5) required pre-employment transition skills activities (DOR student services) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Youth can join using their phone, tablet, or computer. The entire weekend module is 8 hours in length and held on Friday evening and Saturday.

Learning Objectives:
1. Youth will receive counseling and opportunities for exploration and enrollment in comprehensive blindness skills centers and hear from programs around independent living.
2. Participants will practice critical work-readiness training to develop soft and independent living skills and including money management, foundational financial concepts, and spatial organization.
3. Students will receive instruction in self-advocacy refinement and increase connection to positive blind and low vision mentors doing Mentor Spotlight sessions.
4. The interactive and group-based structure nature of the ACCESS Success workshop provides opportunities for students to refine their workplace readiness soft skills including effective social and professional communication and emotional well-being all while building community with their blind and low vision peers.
5. Youth will continue to refine and receive support on around critical Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) concepts including assistive technology use and independent living skills.

If you or anyone you know is interested in joining ACCESS Success, please:
1. Contact your Department of Rehabilitation counselor to discuss workshop attendance and authorization.
2. Confirm attendance with Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, Transition Program Specialist, by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-484-8377.

If you have any questions or would like to join the workshop, please contact youth@lighthouse-sf.org. NOTE, workshop attendance must be confirmed one week prior.

Sep 19(2 events)

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

10:00 am: ACCESS Success! - Taking Out the Trash: My Independent Living Toolkit from Cooking to the Closet


Sep 19

ACCESS Success!
(Attaining College or Careers to Explore Skills and Strengths) – Virtual

September 18-19
Taking Out the Trash: My Independent Living Toolkit from Cooking to the Closet

September 18: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
September 19: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The ACCESS Success (Attaining College or Careers to Explore Skills and Strengths) workshops provide a platform for youth to investigate employment and post-secondary topics in-depth both as a cohort experience and with individualized support. The 2-day long module in September will focus on independent living as we all continue to remain at home and become increasingly familiar with our living and workspaces. We will discuss everything around managing our independence from cooking and closet organization, to managing money and expenses, to discuss ways how youth can obtain additional blindness training from different skills centers. The cohort experience allows transitional age youth to support one another as they explore their strengths, identify interests, discover resources, and develop their identities to cultivate informed choice around the attainment of post-secondary outcomes.

ACCESS Success is a program designed for transition-age youth (ages 14-24) and comprises of separate 2-day monthly modules. The ACCESS Workshops provide a platform for youth to further explore a specific independent living, post-secondary, or employment topic in-depth from Friday-Saturday as well as meet new friends, blind/low vision mentors, and stay connected! The ACCESS Success pre-employment transition skills curricula and learning outcomes are intentionally designed to focus on the five (5) required pre-employment transition skills activities (DOR student services) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Youth can join using their phone, tablet, or computer. The entire weekend module is 8 hours in length and held on Friday evening and Saturday.

Learning Objectives:
1. Youth will receive counseling and opportunities for exploration and enrollment in comprehensive blindness skills centers and hear from programs around independent living.
2. Participants will practice critical work-readiness training to develop soft and independent living skills and including money management, foundational financial concepts, and spatial organization.
3. Students will receive instruction in self-advocacy refinement and increase connection to positive blind and low vision mentors doing Mentor Spotlight sessions.
4. The interactive and group-based structure nature of the ACCESS Success workshop provides opportunities for students to refine their workplace readiness soft skills including effective social and professional communication and emotional well-being all while building community with their blind and low vision peers.
5. Youth will continue to refine and receive support on around critical Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) concepts including assistive technology use and independent living skills.

If you or anyone you know is interested in joining ACCESS Success, please:
1. Contact your Department of Rehabilitation counselor to discuss workshop attendance and authorization.
2. Confirm attendance with Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, Transition Program Specialist, by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-484-8377.

If you have any questions or would like to join the workshop, please contact youth@lighthouse-sf.org. NOTE, workshop attendance must be confirmed one week prior.

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

10:30 am: California Council of the Blind San Francisco Chapter meeting (online)


Sep 19

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.

Sep 20
Sep 21(5 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 21

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 21

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

9:00 am: Yoga: Alignment Flow - Online Class


Sep 21

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.

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

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


Sep 21

What does it really mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, will lead this call-in forum to discuss the many day-to-day ins-and-outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies. There's always a lively crowd sharing their own experiences, so make a cup of coffee (or tea), sit in your favorite chair and call in to chat the business of blindness.

For more information including dial in details, contact Serena Olsen at solsen@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7316.

 

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

10:00 am: Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II


Sep 21

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.

Sep 22(5 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 22

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 22

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

11:00 am: Safe and Confident Movement for O & M Travel (Online) for Adults 55 and over


Sep 22

A course focusing on building balance and stability to allow for more confident movement.

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

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

The classes will be taught via Zoom or phone at the following dates and times:

Week 1: Tuesday, September 22 and Thursday, September 24 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Week 2: Tuesday, September 29 and Thursday, October 1 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Week 3: Tuesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 8 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

There are no costs associated with this course for adults 55 and over living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. For those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is 150.00, plus materials.

To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or O&M Specialist, Marie Trudelle, at MTrudelle@lighthouse-sf.org. The class is limited to ten students.

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

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online: Understanding Web Elements


Sep 22

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. Here are the topics for September:

September 1: 100 things to say to Alexa
Are you making the most of your Amazon smart speaker? We’ll cover a wide variety of things you can ask Alexa without having to enable third party skills.

September 8: What About Google?
If you have a Google smart speaker, we’ll cover a range of tips and tricks for how to make the most of everything it can do.

September 15 Apps for Exploring Your World
We’ll share apps that can provide information on streets, route planning, and transit schedules.

September 22: Understanding Web Elements
If you are a screen reader user, you likely hear about headings, links, landmarks, tables and more, every time you venture on to the world wide web. We’ll share an overview of what these elements do, and how they can make your web browsing experience more efficient.

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: 415-694-7343 Please note that we need your email address to invite you to the Zoom meeting, so RSVP via email is preferred.

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

7:00 pm: Not So Bored Game Night (online)


Sep 22

Each week students from the Lighthouse Youth Program gather for our virtual Not So Bored Game Night. A weekly evening of fun and games for Blind and low vision youth from all over. Games start at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings and will include trivia contests, scavenger hunts and other interactive games that will have youth making friends. In addition, the LightHouse staff each week’s games will be led by a guest mentor that will also share insight into their education, career and life as a person who is blind or has low vision.

Who: students under 18 that are blind or have low vision
What: weekly game night and guest mentor spotlight via zoom When: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Anywhere you can access a Zoom meeting
RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program
Parents & Guardians: we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

If you are interested in signing up for the Not So Bored Game Night, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

Sep 23(5 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 23

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 23

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

9:30 am: Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


Sep 23

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.

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

10:00 am: Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II


Sep 23

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.

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

12:30 pm: Better Health 101 with Amber (Online)


Sep 23

Let's get better health together! Tune in to Better Health with Amber every Wednesday at 12:30 PM to deepen your knowledge on subjects such as personal development, improving sleep, nutrition, physical health, emotional health, and more. You will also have the opportunity to share, build community, and make new friends!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

Sep 24(7 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 24

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 24

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

11:00 am: Safe and Confident Movement for O & M Travel (Online) for Adults 55 and over


Sep 24

A course focusing on building balance and stability to allow for more confident movement.

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

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

The classes will be taught via Zoom or phone at the following dates and times:

Week 1: Tuesday, September 22 and Thursday, September 24 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Week 2: Tuesday, September 29 and Thursday, October 1 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Week 3: Tuesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 8 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

There are no costs associated with this course for adults 55 and over living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. For those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is 150.00, plus materials.

To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or O&M Specialist, Marie Trudelle, at MTrudelle@lighthouse-sf.org. The class is limited to ten students.

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

1:00 pm: Webinar: TMAP: Building Environmental Literacy at a Distance


Sep 24

Presented by Greg Kehret, Jennifer Huey, Sarah McIntyre and Steve Lowry. This session extolls the virtues of Tactile Maps Automated Production (TMAP) - a project promoting independent travel and tactile map literacy for blind people, that has timely applications for O&M instruction in a time of distance learning.

Participants will be able to briefly describe the history and development of TMAP software; know the steps to create a TMAP street map; identify implications for use of TMAP in O&M instruction (including route preview, environmental literacy and special awareness); and identify strategies to teach map-reading readiness skills. NOTE: Continuing education credits are only available to members of AER.

For information on AER membership, please visit this link
(these sessions are only for members of AER).

To Register(for free!) please use this link.

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

2:00 pm: National Fitness Challenge Office Hours (Online)


Sep 24

If you are apart of the USABA/Anthem National Fitness Challenge and need help setting up your FitBit or want to discuss more ideas on staying active and meeting your goals, pop into our office hours and Amber will help you out! Use the same link that you normally use for Health and Wellness activities or email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org.

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

3:30 pm: Disaster Preparedness Class for Berkeley Residents (online)


Sep 24

This Disaster Preparedness Class is for people who live or work in Berkeley. LightHouse is partnering with Berkeley Disaster Preparedness Neighborhood Network to offer these classes. The classes will be taught via Zoom or phone on both September 17th and 24 at 3:30 PM. Please contact OM Specialist, Danette Davis, at DDavis@lighthouse-sf.org for more information and to sign up.

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

4:00 pm: Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club


Sep 24

To help you break up the routine and escape for some fun, join your friends for our weekly Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club. This weekly remote social gathering of blind and low vision youth takes place over zoom on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm. Films will be family-friendly and have audio descriptions enabled. Join us each week to help choose future films. Past films have included: Toy Story, Frozen, Inside out, Minions, Lion King and many other classics.

Who: Students under 18 that are Blind or have Low Vision
What: Audio Description Movie Club via Zoom
When: Thursday afternoons @ 4:00 pm Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

Parents & Guardians, we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

If you are interested in signing up for the Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

Sep 25(4 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 25

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 25

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

10:30 am: Estate Planning 101 – Fulfilling your philanthropic goals with Trusts and Estates Attorney, Kevan Warren(Online)


Sep 25

Now is a great time to plan your estate, and feel satisfied that you have made your intentions clear. Mr. Warren is a Trusts and Estates Attorney in Albany, California. He specializes in tailoring comprehensive estate planning documents for clients and advises trustees and executors on the administration of a decedent’s estate in compliance with California law. Join Kevan and LightHouse via ZOOM remote access to get started on your own legacy giving plan from an expert.

To receive your personal ZOOM remote access link to the workshop, please RSVP by Wednesday, September 23 to Paul Blaney, Manager of Individual Giving, at pblaney@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7313.

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

12:30 pm: The Weekly Wind-Down with Amber (online)


Sep 25

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.

Sep 26
Sep 27
Sep 28(5 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 28

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 28

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

9:00 am: Yoga: Alignment Flow - Online Class


Sep 28

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.

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

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


Sep 28

What does it really mean to be blind or low vision? Mike Cole, a veteran of all things blindness, will lead this call-in forum to discuss the many day-to-day ins-and-outs of blindness—from daily living in your home environment to navigating the vast expanse of bureaucracies. There's always a lively crowd sharing their own experiences, so make a cup of coffee (or tea), sit in your favorite chair and call in to chat the business of blindness.

For more information including dial in details, contact Serena Olsen at solsen@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7316.

 

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

10:00 am: Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session II


Sep 28

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.

Sep 29(4 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 29

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 29

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

11:00 am: Safe and Confident Movement for O & M Travel (Online) for Adults 55 and over


Sep 29

A course focusing on building balance and stability to allow for more confident movement.

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

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

The classes will be taught via Zoom or phone at the following dates and times:

Week 1: Tuesday, September 22 and Thursday, September 24 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Week 2: Tuesday, September 29 and Thursday, October 1 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Week 3: Tuesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 8 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

There are no costs associated with this course for adults 55 and over living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. For those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is 150.00, plus materials.

To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or O&M Specialist, Marie Trudelle, at MTrudelle@lighthouse-sf.org. The class is limited to ten students.

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

7:00 pm: Not So Bored Game Night (online)


Sep 29

Each week students from the Lighthouse Youth Program gather for our virtual Not So Bored Game Night. A weekly evening of fun and games for Blind and low vision youth from all over. Games start at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings and will include trivia contests, scavenger hunts and other interactive games that will have youth making friends. In addition, the LightHouse staff each week’s games will be led by a guest mentor that will also share insight into their education, career and life as a person who is blind or has low vision.

Who: students under 18 that are blind or have low vision
What: weekly game night and guest mentor spotlight via zoom When: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Anywhere you can access a Zoom meeting
RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program
Parents & Guardians: we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

If you are interested in signing up for the Not So Bored Game Night, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

Sep 30(4 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Sep 30

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Sep 30

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

9:30 am: Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


Sep 30

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.

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

12:30 pm: Better Health 101 with Amber (Online)


Sep 30

Let's get better health together! Tune in to Better Health with Amber every Wednesday at 12:30 PM to deepen your knowledge on subjects such as personal development, improving sleep, nutrition, physical health, emotional health, and more. You will also have the opportunity to share, build community, and make new friends!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

Oct 1(5 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Oct 1

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Oct 1

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

11:00 am: Safe and Confident Movement for O & M Travel (Online) for Adults 55 and over


Oct 1

A course focusing on building balance and stability to allow for more confident movement.

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

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

The classes will be taught via Zoom or phone at the following dates and times:

Week 1: Tuesday, September 22 and Thursday, September 24 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Week 2: Tuesday, September 29 and Thursday, October 1 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Week 3: Tuesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 8 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

There are no costs associated with this course for adults 55 and over living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. For those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is 150.00, plus materials.

To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or O&M Specialist, Marie Trudelle, at MTrudelle@lighthouse-sf.org. The class is limited to ten students.

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

4:00 pm: Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club


Oct 1

To help you break up the routine and escape for some fun, join your friends for our weekly Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club. This weekly remote social gathering of blind and low vision youth takes place over zoom on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm. Films will be family-friendly and have audio descriptions enabled. Join us each week to help choose future films. Past films have included: Toy Story, Frozen, Inside out, Minions, Lion King and many other classics.

Who: Students under 18 that are Blind or have Low Vision
What: Audio Description Movie Club via Zoom
When: Thursday afternoons @ 4:00 pm Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

Parents & Guardians, we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

If you are interested in signing up for the Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

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

4:00 pm: Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club


Oct 1

To help you break up the routine and escape for some fun, join your friends for our weekly Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club. This weekly remote social gathering of blind and low vision youth takes place over zoom on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm. Films will be family-friendly and have audio descriptions enabled. Join us each week to help choose future films. Past films have included: Toy Story, Frozen, Inside out, Minions, Lion King and many other classics.

Who: Students under 18 that are Blind or have Low Vision
What: Audio Description Movie Club via Zoom
When: Thursday afternoons @ 4:00 pm Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting
RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

Parents & Guardians, we’d love your help getting your children connected to our virtual program, however, once they have joined, we ask that you please give them the space to participate individually.

If you are interested in signing up for the Reel Escape Audio Description Movie Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.

Oct 2(4 events)

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

9:00 am: Cup of Cardio: Virtual Morning Workout w/ Amber


Oct 2

Start your morning with an invigorating workout that gets your heart rate pumping, strengthens your body, and keeps you fit and fierce. Get ready for jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and more. If you want to sweat, this is the class for you! All activity levels are welcome (you gotta start somewhere). You will get the most out of this class if you commit and make it a part of your daily routine. Are you ready? Let's do this!

Email Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org for the Zoom and call-in details.

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

9:00 am: Employment Immersion September Virtual Workshop


Oct 2

September's workshop runs weekdays from September 8 through October 2.

There IS a job market! Job seekers who are blind and have low vision are in demand to work remotely. Let LightHouse support you on your pathway to employment in these challenging times.

Our award-winning Employment Immersion program is now available virtually. Now is the time to join us via the Zoom conferencing platform. The program begins the first Monday of every month and runs each weekday. This comprehensive month-long training is specifically designed for people who are blind and have low vision. We are committed to providing group and individual guidance from the fundamentals of job search, to the complexities of disclosure of one’s disability with pride and confidence, to instruction on job search techniques, to honing interview skills. Most importantly, this program focuses on the participant’s individual job goals.

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

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

12:00 pm: Accessible Voting During a Pandemic - Know Your Rights


Oct 2

Exercising our right to vote independently and privately is still a very hit-and-miss affair. There are so many variables that can go wrong, between us and our vote. Having an accessible way of registering to vote, accessing the material to be able to make an informed choice, getting to the polling place, finding officials who know what to do to accommodate a blind or low vision voter, the list goes on and on. And that’s just in a normal election. Throw a pandemic in to the mix and many people will be forced to cast their vote through absentee or mail-in ballot, yet another layer of complexity to navigate.

To discuss whether we will actually be able to vote accessibly during this extraordinary time, LightHouse is holding an information panel to help you make the most informed choice on the best way to make your vote count.

How does your state compare to others?

Will measures be in place in time for you to cast your ballot independently?

How can you do your bit to ensure your vote is counted?

Our panelists include:

Renown Disability Rights attorney Eve Hill

Michelle Bishop, Voter Access & Engagement Manager, from the National Disability Rights Network

Ardis Bazyn from the California Council of the Blind.

This impressive panel will give you detailed information about the provisions available to you and the best ways to inform yourself about what you should expect during the lead-up to, and on, November 3.

RSVP to Andrea Vecchione at events@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7311.

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

12:30 pm: The Weekly Wind-Down with Amber (online)


Oct 2

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.

Oct 3

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!