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Events in December 2020

  • An Insider's Look Into the Comcast Innovation Lab

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    An Insider's Look Into the Comcast Innovation Lab


    Dec 1

    Please join us for a conversation with a true pioneer in the accessibility field, Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President of Accessibility for Comcast. Hosted by LightHouse for the Blind Senior Director of Programs, Scott Blanks and Erin Lauridsen, Director of Access Technology, participants can will hear about the numerous innovations Tom and his team have created. From the award winning Xfinity X1 Voice Guidance text-to-speech interface and the web-based Xfinity Adaptive Remote to implementing a dedicated support center specifically tailored for customers with disabilities, Tom and his team define the strategy to ensure current and future Comcast products and services include customers of all abilities. This is a unique opportunity to hear more about the Comcast Accessibility Lab, which provides an interactive atmosphere where accessibility features are at the forefront of everything the team does as they strive to find the next breakthrough for those with disabilities.

    RSVP Date: Please RSVP by November 20
    **The first 100 folks to RSVP will receive a code for $20 to enjoy a meal from GrubHub during the event

    To register for this event, visit the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-insiders-conversation-with-the-head-of-comcasts-accessibility-lab-tickets-128660028609

    For more information, contact development@lighthouse-sf.org

  • The Business of Blindness Phone Chat: Make Coffee and Call Mike Cole

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

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


    Dec 7

    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.

     

  • The Business of Blindness Phone Chat: Make Coffee and Call Mike Cole

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

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


    Dec 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.

     

  • TMAP - Building Environmental Literacy at a Distance

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    TMAP - Building Environmental Literacy at a Distance


    Dec 15

    LightHouse's MAD Lab and Orientation & Mobility Specialists team up for "TMAP - Building Environmental Literacy at a Distance" a webinar demonstrating how to supplement O&M instruction using TMAP tactile street maps. This is presented as part of the Southeastern Orientation and Mobility Association (SOMA) online O&M Conference.

    When? Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 9:40 to 11:10 a.m. PST and a second repeat presentation from 11:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. PST.

    To attend this presentation, you can register at: https://somaconference.org/sreg2020.html

    TMAP - Building Environmental Literacy at a Distance

    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.

    TMAP - Building Environmental Literacy at a Distance


    Dec 15

    LightHouse's MAD Lab and Orientation & Mobility Specialists team up for "TMAP - Building Environmental Literacy at a Distance" a webinar demonstrating how to supplement O&M instruction using TMAP tactile street maps. This is presented as part of the Southeastern Orientation and Mobility Association (SOMA) online O&M Conference.

    When? Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 9:40 to 11:10 a.m. PST and a second repeat presentation from 11:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. PST.

    To attend this presentation, you can register at: https://somaconference.org/sreg2020.html

  • East Bay Regional Parks Virtual tours: Wildlife of the City and Parkland/Urban Interface

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    East Bay Regional Parks Virtual tours: Wildlife of the City and Parkland/Urban Interface


    Dec 16

    East Bay Regional Parks Virtual Tours
    Dec 16, 3-4pm
    Cozy up to your Zoom portal of choice during the cold winter months and enjoy the great East Bay outdoors from the warmth and comfort of your couch. Naturalist Michael Charnofsky will guide us through the variety of wildlife that inhabit all the different topographies of our local environment. To RSVP and receive Zoom access, contact Community Services Admin Assistant Jaclyne Atoigue at jatoigue@lighthouse-sf.org or 510-925-9243.

    Dec 16, 3-4pm
    Wildlife of the City and Parkland/Urban Interface
    We may be surprised by the wildlife that thrives in cities. We will also explore how that wildlife changes as urban areas merge into parkland.

    January, Date TBA
    Wildlife of the San Francisco Bay and Shorelines
    Although the SF Bay is much different now than 200 years ago, it is still home to a fascinating array of wildlife big and small.

    February, Date TBA
    Wildlife of the Hills Surrounding the San Francisco Bay
    Mountain lions, ring-tailed cats, and badgers are just some of the animals we will learn about in an overview of rare and common animals of our beautiful San Francisco Bay hills.

    March, Date TBA
    Birdsongs and Other Sounds of San Francisco Bay Area Wildlife: Do you know this sound? Who made it? We’ll listen to many of the most common animal sounds that you can hear in both urban and wild land areas.

  • 30% & Snowing Goes Virtual: See Ya Later, 2020

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    30% & Snowing Goes Virtual: See Ya Later, 2020


    Dec 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?

    30% & Snowing Goes Virtual: See Ya Later, 2020
    Thursday, December 17, 6-8 PM PST
    Congratulations, the finish line for 2020 is in sight, and while the fallout from this year will undoubtedly follow us for some time to come, at least we can turn the calendar page on the irony of a year jam-packed with vision metaphors and record low levels of actual clarity. We’ll welcome work wins and share our employment intentions for the year ahead. To RSVP and receive Zoom access information, contact Adult Program Manager Serena Olsen at solsen@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7316.

    For Zoom access info, RSVP to Serena Olsen at solsen@lighthouse-sf.org  or 415-694-7316, then grab a bite to eat, your favorite beverage, and join the virtual networking party.

  • Community Bingo Goes Virtual

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    Community Bingo Goes Virtual


    Dec 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.

  • The Business of Blindness Phone Chat: Make Coffee and Call Mike Cole

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

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


    Dec 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.

     

  • LightHouse of Marin; Our Services Continue, but our Office is Closing

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    LightHouse of Marin; Our Services Continue, but our Office is Closing

    (All day)
    Dec 25

    The LightHouse opened one of it's first satellite Offices, LightHouse of Marin on 4th Street in 2000. Launching both the office and Adaptations in Marin was very exciting and quite a feat. There, we began (and still continue) our collaboration and connection with Vision Impaired of Marin (www.bvim.org).

    Since enjoying a downtown site, the LightHouse office moved to the Whistlestop Active Aging Center (now Vivalon) and then 851 Irwin Street, our goal, always staying central to transit so that consumers could easily access our office and staff. Like many agencies and businesses, the pandemic has impacted our ability to train and meet with students in-person, and maintaining an office where no one could enter, was a fiscal challenge. So with heavy hearts, after twenty years in San Rafael, we are announcing that the LightHouse of Marin will be closing it's office at Irwin Street at the end of December 2020, however, we will still continue to provide training in Marin County and perhaps return with a new 'real' open door in the future.

    Like many services in Marin, training and programs have gone virtual (Zoom) and since March 13th, this is how we have continued to connect with our blind and low vision students. Looking forward into 2121, we will continue to provide training virtually, and resume in-person training in Marin when it is safe for both instructors and students. The LightHouse is committed to continued training and support of Marin County blind and low vision residents, and we have served hundreds over the past twenty years. Marin County can continue to count on the LightHouse and reach out for training and support. Jeff Carlson, our LightHouse Social Worker who has been our incredible primary staff person in Marin will continue to be the contact for Marin. While the current LightHouse of Marin phone number will be disconnected, Jeff Carlson can be reached at 415-694-7314 or jcarson@lighthouse-sf.org. Additionally, Jeff can always be reached through our main LightHouse Headquarters phone number: 415-431-1418. Jeff will connect you to the resources and support you need as well as referring you to training in Orientation and Mobility, Independent Living, Braille and Access Technology.

    The LightHouse looks forward to 2121 as we connect with you virtually and eventually in person. Again, to stay connected, visit us at www.lighthouse-sf.org; visit our store at adaptations at www.adaptations.org (you can also call the store at 1-888-400-8933) and connect with Jeff Carlson at 415-694-7314. While you continue to be safe during the holiday season; wear a facial covering, socially distance, stay at home and reach out and give us a call. We all welcome 2021!

  • The Business of Blindness Phone Chat: Make Coffee and Call Mike Cole

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

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


    Dec 28

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

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

     

  • New Year's Eve Holiday (No Classes)

    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.

    New Year's Eve Holiday (No Classes)

    (All day)
    Dec 31

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!