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

Events in September 2020

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

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

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


    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.

    Tech Together Online: 100 things to say to Alexa

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

    Tech Together Online: 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.

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

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

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


    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.

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

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

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


    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.

  • Hands-On: In Case of Emergency (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.

    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.

  • Tech Together Online: What About Google?

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

    Tech Together Online: 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.

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

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

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


    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.

  • Virtual Tours at Legion of Honor

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

    Virtual Tours at Legion of Honor


    Sep 10

    Thursday, August 13, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Connections
    Thursday, September 10, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - What's the Story?
    Thursday, October 8, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Works in Three dimensions

    The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is offering three highly descriptive Zoom tours led by docent Jim Kohn. Jim will kick off his three-lecture series on August 13 at 1:00 p.m. Stanley Yarnell of the Blind Posse previewed Jim’s presentation and said, "He had me in the palm of his hand the whole time." Jim is extraordinarily articulate and has significant experience describing art for the blind and low vision community.

    Thursday, August 13, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Connections
    This tour of objects from the permanent collection at the de Young will connect traditional native cultures with contemporary American art. Art from Africa will be compared with art from African American artists, Art from Asia will be connected to works by Asian American artists, and art from native American people will be compared and connected with art produced in contemporary times in North America.

    Thursday, September 10, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    What's the Story?
    In this tour, participants will be introduced to narratives present in several works from the permanent collection at the Legion of Honor, including stories from the classical era, the Old and New Testaments, and from the artists’ imaginations.

    Thursday, October 8, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Works in Three dimensions
    This tour will include sculptures from the collection at the Legion of Honor and will span the history of art from earliest times, 5000 years ago or more, up to the twentieth century. Sculpture in stone and bronze as well as ceramics and porcelain are included.

    For Zoom access details, contact Adult Program Coordinator Serena Olsen at solsen@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7316.

  • LightHouse Krafters Korner Hangout: DIY No-Sew Mask Workshop

    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.

    LightHouse Krafters Korner Hangout: DIY No-Sew Mask Workshop


    Sep 12

    As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, three recommendations remain constant: wash your hands frequently, maintain physical distance from those who do not share your household with as much as possible, and wear a mask over your mouth and nose to minimize potential viral transmission via vapor and droplets produced when you breathe, cough, or sneeze. We’re going to cover your options for DIY no-sew masks made from items you already have around your house that you can fall back on in an unexpected maskless moment. Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Scissors
    • A clear flat work surface
    • Mask 1: a lightweight cotton t-shirt; long sleeve is preferred, short sleeve may also work.
    • Mask 2: an odd cotton sock you don’t mind cutting.
    • Mask 3: a short sleeved, cotton t-shirt you don’t mind cutting up.

     

    Note that these are not masks taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. If you are a blind stitcher and/or would like to do some extra credit, you can access the CDC’s sew and no-sew homemade mask alternatives. For a deep dive on the who, what, when, where, how, and why of cloth masks to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, visit COVID-19: Considerations for Wearing Masks at the CDC website.

    To RSVP and for Zoom access info, contact Adult Program Coordinator Serena Olsen at SOlsen@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7316.

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

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

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


    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.

  • Tech Together Online: Apps for Exploring Your World

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

    Tech Together Online: 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.

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

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    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.

  • Disaster Preparedness Class for Berkeley Residents (online)

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    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.

  • Community Bingo Goes Virtual

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    Community Bingo Goes Virtual


    Sep 18

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

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

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    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.

  • Safe and Confident Movement for O & M Travel (Online) for Adults 55 and over

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    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.

    Tech Together Online: Understanding Web Elements

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    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.

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

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    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.

  • Safe and Confident Movement for O & M Travel (Online) for Adults 55 and over

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    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.

    Disaster Preparedness Class for Berkeley Residents (online)

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    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.

  • Estate Planning 101 – Fulfilling your philanthropic goals with Trusts and Estates Attorney, Kevan Warren(Online)

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    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.

    En Communidad (In Community)

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    En Communidad (In Community)


    Sep 25

    En Comunidad

    Cuándo: Septiembre 25, 2020 de 7:00 a 8:00 PM

    Dónde: Zoom, plataforma virtual (en cualquier lugar se puede acceder a alguna reunión de Zoom. Puede unirse usando su teléfono, tableta, o computadora. La información de Zoomserá compartida con los que se registren antes del evento.)

    Quen: Familias de estudiantes ciegos o con baja visión de 14 a 20 años de edad

    Que: Todos son bienvenidos! En comunidad es un programa diseñado para traer recursos e información relevante a estudiantes y sus familias, en español. Vengan a aprender, hacer preguntas, A construir comunidades con otras familias de estudiantes ciegos o con baja visión, y A conocer mentores.

    Acompáñennos para nuestro primer instalamiento de En Comunidad, donde platicaremos sobre todo que ver con estudios y aprendizaje en este nuevo tiempo de distancia miento. Mientras el mundo se adapta a esta nueva forma de aprendizaje, muchos encuentran que tienen preguntas Y buscan información accesible. Traigan a sus familias, sus preguntas, y Acompáñenos por una hora donde daremos consejos Útiles, y donde escucharemos cuentas personales de un panel de estudiantes
    ciegos.

    Para preguntas o para reservar, por favor de contactar a Daisy Soto a: Dsoto@lighthouse-sf.org, (805)657-7138.

    * Aceptamos donaciones*

    In Community

    When: September 25, 2020, 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.

    Where: Via Zoom (Zoom can be accessed almost anywhere. Join us by using your phone, tablet, or computer. Zoom information will be shared prior to the event with those who RSVP.)

    Who: Families of youth ages 14-20 and their blind and low vision child or student.

    What: All are welcome! En Communidad is a program designed to bring students and their families valuable resources and relevant information, in Spanish. Come to learn, ask questions, build connections with fellow families of blind and low vision students, and meet blind mentors!

    Come join us for our first Instalment of En Communidad, where we will be discussing all things distance learning. As the world adapts to this new way of learning, many people find themselves having questions and wondering where to find accessible information. Bring your families, your questions and spend an hour getting some tips and hearing first-hand advice from a panel of blind college students.

    For any questions and to RSVP, please contact Daisy Soto at:
    Dsoto@lighthouse-sf.org, (805)-657-7138.

    *Donations Encouraged*

  • Disability Book Series: Jo Elizabeth Pinto On Parenting Blind

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    Disability Book Series: Jo Elizabeth Pinto On Parenting Blind


    Sep 26

    RSVP is required at this Eventbrite link for Jo Elizabeth Pinto on parenting blind.

    LightHouse San Francisco is a proud partner with Senior and Disability Action and other Bay Area community organizations to bring you the Disability Book Series, highlighting the talents, wisdom, and experience of disabled authors. Join Bay Area Blind Mom Lisamaria Martinez in conversation with author Jo Elizabeth Pinto for the wit, candor, and sass that comes from being a parent who happens to be blind.

    Jo Elizabeth Pinto, author of "Daddy Won't Let Mom Drive The Car" and "The Bright Side of Darkness," was born in Chicago in 1971 and grew up in Brighton, Colorado. She was part of the first generation of disabled students who integrated the public school system in the late 1970’s. In 1992, Pinto graduated from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley with a degree in Human Rehabilitative Services. While teaching disabled students how to use adaptive computer technology, she earned a second degree in 2004 from the Metropolitan State College of Denver in Nonprofit Organization Management. Blind since birth, she is currently self-employed as a braille textbook proofreader.

    As an author, Pinto knows the importance of entertaining her readers while also giving them food for thought. Whether she writes fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, she draws inspiration from her own experiences to show her audience that hope is always just an action away.

    Pinto currently lives in Colorado with her husband Gerald and her daughter Sarah, her yellow Labrador guide dog Anlyn, two cats named Sam-I-Am and Andy, and a parakeet called Rocket.

    "Daddy Won't Let Mom Drive The Car" and "The Bright Side of Darkness" are available on Amazon in paperback and for Audible and Kindle download, and the latter was recently added to National Library Services (DBC 13147).

    About the Disability Book Series:

    The intent of this book reading series is to highlight authors with disabilities, disabled writers, and to interrogate ableism and societal conceptions of disability. We welcome any and all suggestions for future authors, free venues in San Francisco, and feedback as to how our events can be more accessible, inclusive, or generally better at DisabilityBookSeries@gmail.com.

    RSVP for the September 26 event with Jo Elizabeth Pinto.

    Collaborating Partners:
    Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco (ILRCSF)
    LightHouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired San Francisco
    San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC)
    San Francisco Senior and Disability Action (SDA)

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

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

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


    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.

  • Safe and Confident Movement for O & M Travel (Online) for Adults 55 and over

    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.

    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.

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!