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LightHouse will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.

Events in May 2021

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Apr 25
Apr 26
Apr 27(1 event)

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online: Computer Maintenance and Security


Apr 27

Join the LightHouse Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

Regular maintenance and good security practices can save you many frustrations. We’ll share tips and best practices for accessible ways to keep your computer running smoothly.

RSVP for Tech Together: Computer Maintenance and Security or leave a voicemail at 1-415-694-7618. Online registration is preferred.

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.

 

Apr 28(1 event)

2:00 pm: Meet You At The House


Apr 28

Pull up a comfy chair and join me in the LightHouse virtual living room to talk about all things LightHouse! Have you been experiencing changes in your vision that have been effecting your daily life, but did not know who to talk to? LightHouse of San Francisco may have the solutions you have been looking for. This is a safe place to bring the questions that you have been wanting to ask. As always, Rocci from the Adaptations Store will be on hand to let us know what is new in the world of low vision and blindness products. RSVP to Sheri Albers at 415-694-7331 or salbers@lighthouse-sf.org

Apr 29
Apr 30(1 event)

(All day): LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

(All day)
Apr 30

Photo caption: Sealed bottles of vaccines lines up in a row

LightHouse for the Blind Headquarters open for first vaccines on Fridays April 2-May 7

You can register by phone to have your vaccination injection at the LightHouse location. It will be open each Friday for six weeks starting on April 2nd, for many of you we know this will be welcome news as you have visited us many times and the space will be familiar to you. For those new to the LightHouse, we aim to make this experience as smooth and seamless as we possibly can.

To register to attend the LightHouse vaccination clinic at 1155 Market Street, you will first need to make an appointment by calling 628-652-2700

On that call you will be able to make your first and second appointment for the vaccination at the LightHouse site.

When you call this number, you will be asked for some basic personal information and will be given an appointment time.

This line is open and staffed from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Voicemail messages can be left for call back outside of these hours.

This line is available to speakers of both Spanish and English.

Other language interpreters are available once you leave a voicemail requesting a call back.

Please note: if you have not registered using this method, you will not be able to get the vaccine at this site.

Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 2021

Address: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – San Francisco headquarters, 1155 Market Street, 10th floor, San Francisco CA 94102

Getting to Your Appointment

The LightHouse Headquarters is located on 1155 Market Street between 7th and 8th streets.

The closest public transit is Civic Center Bart station and the most efficient exit is it the civic center/United Nations Plaza  exit

The closest bus stops are Jones and 6th and Orpheum Theater. People using Rideshare apps can ask to be dropped on the Eastern corner of 7th and Market.

LightHouse will have volunteers available to meet people outside of 1155 Market Street. They will then guide you to the lobby where your information will be checked. All volunteers will practice social distancing and will be wearing masks.

You will then be directed to the elevator where the number for the 10th floor will be pressed for you so touching of elevator controls can be limited to help keep everybody safe.

Surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected (with Safer Choice products made and sold by the LightHouse).

The number of people who can ride an elevator at the same time will be restricted to a designated number by the site manager.

Once on the 10th floor, another group of friendly volunteers will show you where to wait for your vaccination.

After your injection, you will wait for 15 minutes before being shown back to the lobby and out of the building. Volunteers will be available to help locate Ride Shares if required.

The LightHouse is proud to be able to offer our headquarters as a central, easy, and welcoming location for our extended community to vaccinate.

May 1(1 event)

7:00 pm: Enchanted Hills Camp Virtual Campfire


May 1

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

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

May 2
May 3(1 event)

9:45 am: Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together


May 3

The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.

Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments.

The course is divided into six lessons over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory lesson with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour lessons which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists.

It is a comprehensive skills training distance course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the six-session course, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Thereafter, participants can be eligible for individualized Low Vision Therapy lessons.

The classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing, best viewed on a tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options)

This course is free for adults 55 and over, who are not receiving services from the California Department of Rehabilitation, and who are living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. However, there is a $40.00 materials fee for the 55 and older participants. For those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is $150.00, plus $40.00 materials fee.

The class is limited to ten students; once the class limit is reached, all other students will be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (dates TBA).

Week 1: Monday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 5 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 2: Monday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 12 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 3: Monday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 19 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 12 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, May 3.  To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Certified Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org.

May 4(2 events)

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online


May 4

Join the LightHouse Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

Registration details to come.

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.

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online: Save That Date


May 4

Join the LightHouse Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

Need to keep track of all your appointments, events, and important dates? This session will discuss services and techniques for managing your digital calendar on computers, mobile devices, and smart speakers.

RSVP for Tech Together Online: Save That Date or leave a voicemail at 1-415-694-7618. Online registration is preferred.

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.

May 5(1 event)

9:45 am: Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together


May 5

The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.

Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments.

The course is divided into six lessons over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory lesson with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour lessons which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists.

It is a comprehensive skills training distance course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the six-session course, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Thereafter, participants can be eligible for individualized Low Vision Therapy lessons.

The classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing, best viewed on a tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options)

This course is free for adults 55 and over, who are not receiving services from the California Department of Rehabilitation, and who are living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. However, there is a $40.00 materials fee for the 55 and older participants. For those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is $150.00, plus $40.00 materials fee.

The class is limited to ten students; once the class limit is reached, all other students will be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (dates TBA).

Week 1: Monday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 5 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 2: Monday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 12 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 3: Monday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 19 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 12 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, May 3.  To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Certified Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org.

May 6
May 7(1 event)

(All day): LightHouse hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

(All day)
May 7

Photo caption: Sealed bottles of vaccines lines up in a row

LightHouse for the Blind Headquarters open for first vaccines on Fridays April 2-May 7

You can register by phone to have your vaccination injection at the LightHouse location. It will be open each Friday for six weeks starting on April 2nd, for many of you we know this will be welcome news as you have visited us many times and the space will be familiar to you. For those new to the LightHouse, we aim to make this experience as smooth and seamless as we possibly can.

To register to attend the LightHouse vaccination clinic at 1155 Market Street, you will first need to make an appointment by calling 628-652-2700

On that call you will be able to make your first and second appointment for the vaccination at the LightHouse site.

When you call this number, you will be asked for some basic personal information and will be given an appointment time.

This line is open and staffed from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Voicemail messages can be left for call back outside of these hours.

This line is available to speakers of both Spanish and English.

Other language interpreters are available once you leave a voicemail requesting a call back.

Please note: if you have not registered using this method, you will not be able to get the vaccine at this site.

Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 2021

Address: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – San Francisco headquarters, 1155 Market Street, 10th floor, San Francisco CA 94102

Getting to Your Appointment

The LightHouse Headquarters is located on 1155 Market Street between 7th and 8th streets.

The closest public transit is Civic Center Bart station and the most efficient exit is it the civic center/United Nations Plaza  exit

The closest bus stops are Jones and 6th and Orpheum Theater. People using Rideshare apps can ask to be dropped on the Eastern corner of 7th and Market.

LightHouse will have volunteers available to meet people outside of 1155 Market Street. They will then guide you to the lobby where your information will be checked. All volunteers will practice social distancing and will be wearing masks.

You will then be directed to the elevator where the number for the 10th floor will be pressed for you so touching of elevator controls can be limited to help keep everybody safe.

Surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected (with Safer Choice products made and sold by the LightHouse).

The number of people who can ride an elevator at the same time will be restricted to a designated number by the site manager.

Once on the 10th floor, another group of friendly volunteers will show you where to wait for your vaccination.

After your injection, you will wait for 15 minutes before being shown back to the lobby and out of the building. Volunteers will be available to help locate Ride Shares if required.

The LightHouse is proud to be able to offer our headquarters as a central, easy, and welcoming location for our extended community to vaccinate.

May 8
May 9
May 10(1 event)

9:45 am: Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together


May 10

The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.

Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments.

The course is divided into six lessons over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory lesson with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour lessons which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists.

It is a comprehensive skills training distance course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the six-session course, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Thereafter, participants can be eligible for individualized Low Vision Therapy lessons.

The classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing, best viewed on a tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options)

This course is free for adults 55 and over, who are not receiving services from the California Department of Rehabilitation, and who are living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. However, there is a $40.00 materials fee for the 55 and older participants. For those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is $150.00, plus $40.00 materials fee.

The class is limited to ten students; once the class limit is reached, all other students will be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (dates TBA).

Week 1: Monday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 5 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 2: Monday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 12 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 3: Monday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 19 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 12 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, May 3.  To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Certified Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org.

May 11(3 events)

9:45 am: The Language of Listening


May 11

Develop your listening skills for all aspects of life. The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to return to school or work, to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

While this course is focused on introducing listening skills to consumers, blind or low vision consumers of varying skill levels are welcome in this new course.  Persons interested should be comfortable learning in a group setting and committed to actively participate in all six classes.  Additionally, consumers must be able to access the Zoom platform, and able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones. Bobbi Pompey, Independent Living Specialist and Amy Mason, Access Technology will take the lead in facilitating this course.

This class runs May 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27 from 9:45 am to 12:15 pm.

The fee for this 12-hour course is $495 and is limited to ten consumers. Course materials needed for this course are headphones, for those who need headphones, there is a materials fee of $100.  This course may be supported by the Department of Rehabilitation with approval and authorizations (individuals must first contact their counselors). Authorizations may be sent to 1referral@lighthouse-sf.org.  Limited scholarships are available for eligible students. If you are brand new to the LightHouse and interested in this course, contact Debbie Bacon, LightHouse Rehabilitation Counselor at DBacon@lighthouse-sf.org.  For those who have participated in classes at the LightHouse and are interested in registering for this course, contact Briana Kusuma at BKusuma@lighthouse-sf.org.  Briana will ensure you are connected with course instructors.

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online


May 11

Join the LightHouse Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

Registration details to come.

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.

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online: Searching Your Stuff


May 11

Join the LightHouse Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

Have you ever misplaced a file on your PC? How about knowing a handy app is somewhere on your phone but not being able to open it in a hurry because you can’t remember its name? We’ll share tips and tricks for searching and finding items within your own digital domain.

RSVP for Tech Together Online: Searching Your Stuff or leave a voicemail at 1-415-694-7618. Online registration is preferred.

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.

May 12(1 event)

9:45 am: Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together


May 12

The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.

Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments.

The course is divided into six lessons over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory lesson with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour lessons which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists.

It is a comprehensive skills training distance course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the six-session course, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Thereafter, participants can be eligible for individualized Low Vision Therapy lessons.

The classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing, best viewed on a tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options)

This course is free for adults 55 and over, who are not receiving services from the California Department of Rehabilitation, and who are living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. However, there is a $40.00 materials fee for the 55 and older participants. For those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is $150.00, plus $40.00 materials fee.

The class is limited to ten students; once the class limit is reached, all other students will be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (dates TBA).

Week 1: Monday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 5 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 2: Monday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 12 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 3: Monday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 19 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 12 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, May 3.  To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Certified Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org.

May 13(1 event)

9:45 am: The Language of Listening


May 13

Develop your listening skills for all aspects of life. The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to return to school or work, to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

While this course is focused on introducing listening skills to consumers, blind or low vision consumers of varying skill levels are welcome in this new course.  Persons interested should be comfortable learning in a group setting and committed to actively participate in all six classes.  Additionally, consumers must be able to access the Zoom platform, and able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones. Bobbi Pompey, Independent Living Specialist and Amy Mason, Access Technology will take the lead in facilitating this course.

This class runs May 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27 from 9:45 am to 12:15 pm.

The fee for this 12-hour course is $495 and is limited to ten consumers. Course materials needed for this course are headphones, for those who need headphones, there is a materials fee of $100.  This course may be supported by the Department of Rehabilitation with approval and authorizations (individuals must first contact their counselors). Authorizations may be sent to 1referral@lighthouse-sf.org.  Limited scholarships are available for eligible students. If you are brand new to the LightHouse and interested in this course, contact Debbie Bacon, LightHouse Rehabilitation Counselor at DBacon@lighthouse-sf.org.  For those who have participated in classes at the LightHouse and are interested in registering for this course, contact Briana Kusuma at BKusuma@lighthouse-sf.org.  Briana will ensure you are connected with course instructors.

May 14
May 15
May 16
May 17(1 event)

9:45 am: Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together


May 17

The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.

Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments.

The course is divided into six lessons over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory lesson with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour lessons which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists.

It is a comprehensive skills training distance course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the six-session course, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Thereafter, participants can be eligible for individualized Low Vision Therapy lessons.

The classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing, best viewed on a tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options)

This course is free for adults 55 and over, who are not receiving services from the California Department of Rehabilitation, and who are living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. However, there is a $40.00 materials fee for the 55 and older participants. For those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is $150.00, plus $40.00 materials fee.

The class is limited to ten students; once the class limit is reached, all other students will be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (dates TBA).

Week 1: Monday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 5 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 2: Monday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 12 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 3: Monday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 19 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 12 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, May 3.  To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Certified Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org.

May 18(3 events)

9:45 am: The Language of Listening


May 18

Develop your listening skills for all aspects of life. The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to return to school or work, to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

While this course is focused on introducing listening skills to consumers, blind or low vision consumers of varying skill levels are welcome in this new course.  Persons interested should be comfortable learning in a group setting and committed to actively participate in all six classes.  Additionally, consumers must be able to access the Zoom platform, and able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones. Bobbi Pompey, Independent Living Specialist and Amy Mason, Access Technology will take the lead in facilitating this course.

This class runs May 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27 from 9:45 am to 12:15 pm.

The fee for this 12-hour course is $495 and is limited to ten consumers. Course materials needed for this course are headphones, for those who need headphones, there is a materials fee of $100.  This course may be supported by the Department of Rehabilitation with approval and authorizations (individuals must first contact their counselors). Authorizations may be sent to 1referral@lighthouse-sf.org.  Limited scholarships are available for eligible students. If you are brand new to the LightHouse and interested in this course, contact Debbie Bacon, LightHouse Rehabilitation Counselor at DBacon@lighthouse-sf.org.  For those who have participated in classes at the LightHouse and are interested in registering for this course, contact Briana Kusuma at BKusuma@lighthouse-sf.org.  Briana will ensure you are connected with course instructors.

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online


May 18

Join the LightHouse Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

Registration details to come.

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.

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online: Accessibility Advocacy for Global Accessibility Awareness Day


May 18

Join the LightHouse Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

Did you know this Thursday is Global Accessibility Awareness Day? We’ll talk about how this day is observed, and revisit how to give useful and specific feedback to companies when something doesn’t work well with our access technology.

RSVP for Tech Together Online: Accessibility Advocacy for Global Accessibility Awareness Day or leave a voicemail at 1-415-694-7618. Online registration is preferred.

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.

May 19(1 event)

9:45 am: Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together


May 19

The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision.

Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments.

The course is divided into six lessons over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory lesson with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour lessons which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists.

It is a comprehensive skills training distance course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the six-session course, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Thereafter, participants can be eligible for individualized Low Vision Therapy lessons.

The classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing, best viewed on a tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options)

This course is free for adults 55 and over, who are not receiving services from the California Department of Rehabilitation, and who are living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. However, there is a $40.00 materials fee for the 55 and older participants. For those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is $150.00, plus $40.00 materials fee.

The class is limited to ten students; once the class limit is reached, all other students will be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (dates TBA).

Week 1: Monday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 5 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 2: Monday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 12 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 3: Monday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 19 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 12 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, May 3.  To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Certified Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org.

May 20(1 event)

9:45 am: The Language of Listening


May 20

Develop your listening skills for all aspects of life. The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to return to school or work, to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

While this course is focused on introducing listening skills to consumers, blind or low vision consumers of varying skill levels are welcome in this new course.  Persons interested should be comfortable learning in a group setting and committed to actively participate in all six classes.  Additionally, consumers must be able to access the Zoom platform, and able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones. Bobbi Pompey, Independent Living Specialist and Amy Mason, Access Technology will take the lead in facilitating this course.

This class runs May 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27 from 9:45 am to 12:15 pm.

The fee for this 12-hour course is $495 and is limited to ten consumers. Course materials needed for this course are headphones, for those who need headphones, there is a materials fee of $100.  This course may be supported by the Department of Rehabilitation with approval and authorizations (individuals must first contact their counselors). Authorizations may be sent to 1referral@lighthouse-sf.org.  Limited scholarships are available for eligible students. If you are brand new to the LightHouse and interested in this course, contact Debbie Bacon, LightHouse Rehabilitation Counselor at DBacon@lighthouse-sf.org.  For those who have participated in classes at the LightHouse and are interested in registering for this course, contact Briana Kusuma at BKusuma@lighthouse-sf.org.  Briana will ensure you are connected with course instructors.

May 21(1 event)

4:00 pm: Sensing the Seasons on Zoom: Summer Nature Education Retreat


May 21

Sensing the Seasons on Zoom: Summer Nature Education Retreat
Friday, May 21st and Saturday, May 22nd

As we wrap up spring and move to the longer hotter days of summer, we invite you to join us for the Summer edition of Sensing the Seasons on Zoom. Our Summer themed nature program will consist of three zoom-based classes that take place Friday, May 21st and Saturday, May 22nd. Participants will learn and discuss topics such as the tides, the moon and fire ecology. Our program this time around will also host some friendly competition over some EHC sound trivia and a virtual s’mores cook off. LightHouse students that sign up by Friday, May 14th will get a package in the mail filled with nature artifacts that LightHouse and WOLF school staff have collected that you can use to enhance your nature educational experience and gain a deeper connection to EHC and our community.

Who: LightHouse or EHC students of ALL ages
What: Virtual Enchanted Hills Nature Education Program
When: Friday, May 21st from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturday, May 22nd from 10:00 – 12:00 noon and 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: from the safety of your home via Zoom meeting
RSVP: Those that sign up before Friday, May 14th will receive a package in the mail with program supplies from EHC that will enhance the program experience

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP for the Summer Sensing the Seasons on Zoom, please contact Jamey Gump at (415) 694-7372 or by email at James JGump@lighthouse-sf.org.

May 22(2 events)

10:00 am: Sensing the Seasons on Zoom: Summer Nature Education Retreat


May 22

Sensing the Seasons on Zoom: Summer Nature Education Retreat
Friday, May 21st and Saturday, May 22nd

As we wrap up spring and move to the longer hotter days of summer, we invite you to join us for the Summer edition of Sensing the Seasons on Zoom. Our Summer themed nature program will consist of three zoom-based classes that take place Friday, May 21st and Saturday, May 22nd. Participants will learn and discuss topics such as the tides, the moon and fire ecology. Our program this time around will also host some friendly competition over some EHC sound trivia and a virtual s’mores cook off. LightHouse students that sign up by Friday, May 14th will get a package in the mail filled with nature artifacts that LightHouse and WOLF school staff have collected that you can use to enhance your nature educational experience and gain a deeper connection to EHC and our community.

Who: LightHouse or EHC students of ALL ages
What: Virtual Enchanted Hills Nature Education Program
When: Friday, May 21st from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturday, May 22nd from 10:00 – 12:00 noon and 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: from the safety of your home via Zoom meeting
RSVP: Those that sign up before Friday, May 14th will receive a package in the mail with program supplies from EHC that will enhance the program experience

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP for the Summer Sensing the Seasons on Zoom, please contact Jamey Gump at (415) 694-7372 or by email at James JGump@lighthouse-sf.org.

4:00 pm: Sensing the Seasons on Zoom: Summer Nature Education Retreat


May 22

Sensing the Seasons on Zoom: Summer Nature Education Retreat
Friday, May 21st and Saturday, May 22nd

As we wrap up spring and move to the longer hotter days of summer, we invite you to join us for the Summer edition of Sensing the Seasons on Zoom. Our Summer themed nature program will consist of three zoom-based classes that take place Friday, May 21st and Saturday, May 22nd. Participants will learn and discuss topics such as the tides, the moon and fire ecology. Our program this time around will also host some friendly competition over some EHC sound trivia and a virtual s’mores cook off. LightHouse students that sign up by Friday, May 14th will get a package in the mail filled with nature artifacts that LightHouse and WOLF school staff have collected that you can use to enhance your nature educational experience and gain a deeper connection to EHC and our community.

Who: LightHouse or EHC students of ALL ages
What: Virtual Enchanted Hills Nature Education Program
When: Friday, May 21st from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturday, May 22nd from 10:00 – 12:00 noon and 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: from the safety of your home via Zoom meeting
RSVP: Those that sign up before Friday, May 14th will receive a package in the mail with program supplies from EHC that will enhance the program experience

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP for the Summer Sensing the Seasons on Zoom, please contact Jamey Gump at (415) 694-7372 or by email at James JGump@lighthouse-sf.org.

May 23
May 24
May 25(3 events)

9:45 am: The Language of Listening


May 25

Develop your listening skills for all aspects of life. The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to return to school or work, to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

While this course is focused on introducing listening skills to consumers, blind or low vision consumers of varying skill levels are welcome in this new course.  Persons interested should be comfortable learning in a group setting and committed to actively participate in all six classes.  Additionally, consumers must be able to access the Zoom platform, and able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones. Bobbi Pompey, Independent Living Specialist and Amy Mason, Access Technology will take the lead in facilitating this course.

This class runs May 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27 from 9:45 am to 12:15 pm.

The fee for this 12-hour course is $495 and is limited to ten consumers. Course materials needed for this course are headphones, for those who need headphones, there is a materials fee of $100.  This course may be supported by the Department of Rehabilitation with approval and authorizations (individuals must first contact their counselors). Authorizations may be sent to 1referral@lighthouse-sf.org.  Limited scholarships are available for eligible students. If you are brand new to the LightHouse and interested in this course, contact Debbie Bacon, LightHouse Rehabilitation Counselor at DBacon@lighthouse-sf.org.  For those who have participated in classes at the LightHouse and are interested in registering for this course, contact Briana Kusuma at BKusuma@lighthouse-sf.org.  Briana will ensure you are connected with course instructors.

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online


May 25

Join the LightHouse Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

Registration details to come.

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.

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online: Gadget Grab Bag


May 25

Join the LightHouse Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

We’ll share what gadgets and accessories we’ve been relying on during this work and live from home year. Feel free to come prepared to shout out a favorite gadget of your own.

RSVP for Tech Together Online: Gadget Grab Bag or leave a voicemail at 1-415-694-7618. Online registration is preferred.

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.

May 26(1 event)

2:00 pm: Meet You At The House


May 26

Pull up a comfy chair and join me in the LightHouse virtual living room to talk about all things LightHouse! Have you been experiencing changes in your vision that have been effecting your daily life, but did not know who to talk to? LightHouse in San Francisco may have the solutions you have been looking for. This is a safe place to bring the questions that you have been wanting to ask. As always, Raqi from the Adaptations Store will be on hand to let us know what is new in the world of low vision and blindness products.

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

May 27(1 event)

9:45 am: The Language of Listening


May 27

Develop your listening skills for all aspects of life. The whistle of a teapot, or bubbles in a pot hint at tasty things to come. The whizz of cars in front of us are warnings, while those traveling beside us are protective. The dial tone that lets us know we are one step closer to speaking to a loved one. In this series of classes we will discuss the many ways we can sharpen our listening skills to make the most of what we hear. Whether your goal is to return to school or work, to get out and travel, prepare a special meal, or write the great American novel, we will help you separate the useful signals from all the noise, and to level up your listening skills.

While this course is focused on introducing listening skills to consumers, blind or low vision consumers of varying skill levels are welcome in this new course.  Persons interested should be comfortable learning in a group setting and committed to actively participate in all six classes.  Additionally, consumers must be able to access the Zoom platform, and able to hear and understand spoken English and sounds of various pitches/tones. Bobbi Pompey, Independent Living Specialist and Amy Mason, Access Technology will take the lead in facilitating this course.

This class runs May 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27 from 9:45 am to 12:15 pm.

The fee for this 12-hour course is $495 and is limited to ten consumers. Course materials needed for this course are headphones, for those who need headphones, there is a materials fee of $100.  This course may be supported by the Department of Rehabilitation with approval and authorizations (individuals must first contact their counselors). Authorizations may be sent to 1referral@lighthouse-sf.org.  Limited scholarships are available for eligible students. If you are brand new to the LightHouse and interested in this course, contact Debbie Bacon, LightHouse Rehabilitation Counselor at DBacon@lighthouse-sf.org.  For those who have participated in classes at the LightHouse and are interested in registering for this course, contact Briana Kusuma at BKusuma@lighthouse-sf.org.  Briana will ensure you are connected with course instructors.

May 28
May 29
May 30
May 31
Jun 1(1 event)

2:00 pm: Tech Together Online


Jun 1

Join the LightHouse Access Technology team for a series of informal conversations on technology topics relevant to these current times.

Registration details to come.

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.

Jun 2
Jun 3(1 event)

4:00 pm: All About TMAP


Jun 3

Blind Bargains and Image Access for All are excited to bring you a Clubhouse presentation about LightHouse's very own TMAP! (Tactile Maps Automated Production)

Learn about how to read and use this tactile map as an orientation and mobility tool when you join All About TMAP on Thursday, June 3, from 4 to 5 p.m. PDT.

RSVP to All About TMAP

Jun 4(1 event)

10:00 am: Hands-On Workshop: Developing Tactile Learning Strategies


Jun 4

This is a 4-week series of classes focusing on foundational skills for tactile development. Classes meet once a week, and each class is 2.0 hours. The concepts and skills learned in the course can be applied to most Independent Living Skills. This course is appropriate for students who are new to the Lighthouse, new to vision loss, and who are ready to actively participate in all 4 classes.

Course Goal: To provide students with strong foundational skills to increase their awareness of the tactile sense in all aspects of daily activities. We want this to become a natural way of interacting with and exploring the environment.

Dates: Fridays, from 10:00 to 12:00 (including a short break)

4 Classes: June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25.

Instructors: Dawn Leeflang (dleeflang@lighthouse-sf.org), Bobbi Pompey (bpompey@lighthouse-sf.org), and Patti Rose (prose@lighthouse-sf.org) or parose77@gmail.com

Class Topics:

  • • What is the Tactile Sense? Being mindful and describing what you are feeling.
    • Learning to identify objects and places by touch.
    • Exploring adaptive tools related to touch.
    • Tactile skills for learning, measuring, interpreting raised lines, for activities of daily living.
    • Class project will involve using one’s tactile sense to plant herb seeds and to monitor progress. (Seeds, dirt, and pot will be included with the materials).
    • Class activity in the kitchen, will involve using one’s tactile sense to make bread or oat/nut butter balls. (Students will use their own materials for this activity).
    Instructional Methods:
    • Will use the Zoom Video Conferencing Platform; will require reliable phone or internet service. Students can participate with video on, or by phone.
    • Hands-on learning will be emphasized, through guided activities and assignments between classes.
    • Students will be highly encouraged to perform all stationary activities under occlusion.
    • We will allow class time for sharing ideas, and there may be a guest speaker.
    • Some class materials will be sent to students ahead of time, and students will be asked to gather some materials from their own homes.
    • Class notes will be provided in electronic format, large print, or Braille on request.

This course is free for adults 55 and older, who are not receiving services with the California Department of Rehabilitation, and who are living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. However, there is a $10 materials fee for the 55 and older participants.

Important: please RSVP by Thursday May 27 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Friday June 4.

If you are new to the LightHouse, please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or dbacon@lighthouse-sf.org. to register. If you have participated in LightHouse classes before, please register with Patti Rose and prose@lighthouse-sf.org

For adults who are clients of the Department of Rehabilitation, you need to get approval from your counselor, and authorizations for the class and for materials; authorizations can be sent to 1referral@lighthouse-sf.org Deadline is May 27.
Space is limited to 10 participants. If the limit is reached, you will be put on a wait-list for a future session, TBD.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • • To have a greater understanding and appreciation of the benefit of using the tactile sense in one’s daily life.
    • To identify and develop tactile strategies for identifying objects and places.
    • To identify adaptive tools that require use of their tactile sense.
    • To have hands-on practice using their tactile sense in a variety of daily living activities.
    • To develop the language of describing tactile elements of objects and places.
Jun 5

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!

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