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Events in March 2021

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Feb 28
Mar 1(2 events)

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

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


Mar 1

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 over are invited to participate in a six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision and practical ways to maximize safe and independent living skills. 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 safe and 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 (preferred) or phone at the following dates and times:

Week 1:
Monday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 24 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 2:
Monday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 3 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 3:
Monday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 10 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

This course is free for adults 55 and over 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 those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is $150.00, plus $40.00 materials fee.

Please RSVP by Monday, February 1 to be able to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, February 22. To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org The class is limited to ten students.

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

10:00 am: Get Moving: Online O&M Class for Adults 55 and over


Mar 1

Back by popular demand, it’s our six-week online Orientation & Mobility course, Get Moving. This session is for Bay Area residents aged 55 and over.

It’s a comprehensive course with two classes per week using the Zoom platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe and independent travel.

The lessons are: Benefits of O&M Training; Overview of Sensory, Spatial & Environmental Awareness; Orientation Strategies and Skills; Tactile Graphics/TMAP; Human Guide; Protective Techniques; Long Cane Basics; Outdoor Travel; Street Crossing Sequence; Intersection Analysis; Public Transportation & Trip Planning; and Introduction to Electronic Travel Devices, GPS & Wayfinding Technologies.

Mondays & Wednesdays: January 25 & 27; February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24; March 1, 3 & 8 from 10:00 am to noon (no class Presidents’ Day, February 15)

RSVP by noon on Friday, January 15 to Chris Williams at Cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

Mar 2(2 events)

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

2:00 pm: Tech Together


Mar 2

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.

Or leave a voicemail at 1-415-694-7618. Online registration is preferred.

Upcoming Topics

Tech Together: Fundamentals of Files, the Basics
This session will discuss files and folders, how to name, organize and sort them, so you can always find your electronic information whenever you need it.
 
Tuesday, March 2 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 2 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: Fundamentals of Files, Next Steps
This session will cover how to back up, share, and search for your files.
 
Tuesday, March 9 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 9 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: March Mail Madness, The Basics
Have you ever wondered when to reply and when to reply all? Or when to choose CC vs. BCC when copying someone on an email? Or maybe you’re wondering what the difference is between accessing your inbox on the web or in an app. This session will tackle these email topics and more.
 
Tuesday, March 16 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 16 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: March Mail Madness, Next Steps
Do you need to delete loads of old email? Or search for an important message you’ve misplaced? Can filters keep distribution lists from overrunning your inbox? We’ll tackle the finer points of managing all that mail.
 
Tuesday, March 23 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 23 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: Moderating a Meting
If you’re curious about scheduling, hosting, and moderating a Zoom meeting using access technology, we’ll share what we have learned during this first year of Virtual Tech together. Whether you’re wondering how to reduce background noise, how to find raised hands, or how to share your screen, come join us for this tour of Tech Together behind the scenes.
 
Tuesday, March 30 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 30 Tech Together event

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

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


Mar 2

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

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

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

Mar 3(3 events)

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

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


Mar 3

Stress Reduction & Meditation Goes Virtual

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 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 over are invited to participate in a six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision and practical ways to maximize safe and independent living skills. 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 safe and 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 (preferred) or phone at the following dates and times:

Week 1:
Monday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 24 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 2:
Monday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 3 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 3:
Monday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 10 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

This course is free for adults 55 and over 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 those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is $150.00, plus $40.00 materials fee.

Please RSVP by Monday, February 1 to be able to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, February 22. To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org The class is limited to ten students.

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

10:00 am: Get Moving: Online O&M Class for Adults 55 and over


Mar 3

Back by popular demand, it’s our six-week online Orientation & Mobility course, Get Moving. This session is for Bay Area residents aged 55 and over.

It’s a comprehensive course with two classes per week using the Zoom platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe and independent travel.

The lessons are: Benefits of O&M Training; Overview of Sensory, Spatial & Environmental Awareness; Orientation Strategies and Skills; Tactile Graphics/TMAP; Human Guide; Protective Techniques; Long Cane Basics; Outdoor Travel; Street Crossing Sequence; Intersection Analysis; Public Transportation & Trip Planning; and Introduction to Electronic Travel Devices, GPS & Wayfinding Technologies.

Mondays & Wednesdays: January 25 & 27; February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24; March 1, 3 & 8 from 10:00 am to noon (no class Presidents’ Day, February 15)

RSVP by noon on Friday, January 15 to Chris Williams at Cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

Mar 4(1 event)

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

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


Mar 4

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

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

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

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

Mar 5(2 events)

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

10:00 am: Changing Vision Changing Life – Post-Class Meetup


Mar 5

Changing Vision Changing Life (CVCL) is for those who are new to blindness or having low vision and want to get a full overview of the essential training that will be beneficial for work, home, school and life. Students will be with a cohort of up to ten peers. CVCL starts with a day of thinking and grows into a week of learning, connecting and doing. 

This one-week course runs every day with all classes are on Zoom.  In addition to the week of training, there will be an Orientation Session Friday, February 19 from 2:00-4:00 and a follow-up meetup on Friday March 5, from 10:00 am to noon after the conclusion of the course. During the training week, there are three, two-hour learning sessions every day except Friday the 26. Each day of training begins at 9:30am and ends at 7:30pm with breaks for lunch and dinner. For three mornings, students who are truly morning people will have the option to start their day even earlier with yoga.

This week-long course is designed for adults who desire a deep introduction to independent living through travel (Orientation & Mobility), Access Technology, and Independent Living Skill and who also want a venue to have rich discussion with peers and our professional staff about the opportunity and choices that are ahead.  Everyone will receive a packet of materials to enhance learning throughout the week and we will end the week with a morning cooking session (in students’ own kitchens) and lunch together.

 

If you are a Consumer of Vocational Rehabilitation, in California or any other state, you will need an authorization from your Rehabilitation Counselor as there is a fee for the course. If you are not with Vocational Rehabilitation and you are age 55 and older, living in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity, there is no charge for instruction, however there is a materials fee of $40.  

To participate, all students must be able to make a commitment to all sessions (including the pre-Orientation and post-course meetup).  You do not have to have a computer to participate via Zoom, but you must have a reliable speaker phone (smart phone or landline) to participate and call in.

Registration is required and the deadline to register is Tuesday, February 16, 2021. To register, please contact Debbie Bacon, DBacon@lighthouse-sf.org or Janet Pomerantz (Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte residents), JPomerantz@lighthouse-sf.org.            

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

1:00 pm: Holman Prize Live Q & A


Mar 5

Do you have a bud of an idea you are thinking of submitting to the Holman Prize but you're not sure where to start? Are you wondering what makes a good 90 second Holman Prize YouTube video? Have you read through the Frequently Asked Questions but still have more?

Join two past Holman Prize winners to find out what they did to win their Holman Prize year. Come along and talk to the team about the ways in which LightHouse can help you make your ambition in to a reality even during a pandemic.

To RSVP and for Zoom meeting information, email holman@lighthouse-sf.org

Mar 6(1 event)

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

1:00 pm: Harry Potter Club


Mar 6

Grab your wands, cauldrons, and your Harry Potter knowledge and join your Lighthouse friends for our new student driven Harry Potter Club. This monthly gathering of happy Harry Potter enthusiasts will gather during the afternoon of the first Saturday of each month for all sorts of Harry Potter awesomeness.

In January we will start the club off right with a kick-off party!  Where we will learn more about our Harry Potter friends by taking part in some house sorting and house competitions. Followed by a presentation from our friends at the Talking Books and Braille Center at the San Francisco Public Library about one way you might be able to access the Harry Potter book series. In February we will start watching the Harry Potter movie series and compare each of the movies and books in order. We will continue in this fashion with another installment of the Harry Potter series each month with a short break for summer. To best prepare for each month’s program we ask that you read the corresponding book before we watch the movie.

Don’t have the book?  Don’t worry! There are options. First is the NLS free braille and talking book library service. If you are not signed up with the NLS please start the process at https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-library-service-for-the-blind-and-print-disabled/about-this-service/?cid=loc-ppc_s=google_c=talking-book-library_ag=talking-book_kw=library-of-congress-talking-books.You may also subscribe to Learning Ally, who has audio versions of all the Harry Potter books. To create an account with Learning Ally, please visit - https://learningally.org/About-Us/Join. Join us for the kick-off event in December to learn more and ask questions.

2021 Dates

January 2 – Club Kick-off Party!

February 6 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

March 6 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

April 3  – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

May 1  – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

June, July & August – Summer Break

September 4th – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

October 2 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

November 6 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

December 4 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Who: Blind and low vision youth from all over that are under 18 or that are still in high school. Families should be aware the Harry Potter Books are for youth that are at least in 5th or 6th grade, however a couple of the Harry Potter movies are rated PG-13 and may not be appropriate for all.

What: Harry Potter book and audio description movie club

When: 1:00 pm of the first Saturday of the month (see dates above)

Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting

RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

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

Anti-Discrimination Statement: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired does not support discriminatory or hateful speech in any form. We stand by the LGBTQ+ community and all fans who found a home in the Harry Potter series and will work to provide a safe space for fans.

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

Mar 7
Mar 8(3 events)

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

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


Mar 8

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 over are invited to participate in a six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision and practical ways to maximize safe and independent living skills. 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 safe and 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 (preferred) or phone at the following dates and times:

Week 1:
Monday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 24 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 2:
Monday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 3 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 3:
Monday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 10 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

This course is free for adults 55 and over 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 those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is $150.00, plus $40.00 materials fee.

Please RSVP by Monday, February 1 to be able to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, February 22. To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org The class is limited to ten students.

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

10:00 am: Get Moving: Online O&M Class for Adults 55 and over


Mar 8

Back by popular demand, it’s our six-week online Orientation & Mobility course, Get Moving. This session is for Bay Area residents aged 55 and over.

It’s a comprehensive course with two classes per week using the Zoom platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe and independent travel.

The lessons are: Benefits of O&M Training; Overview of Sensory, Spatial & Environmental Awareness; Orientation Strategies and Skills; Tactile Graphics/TMAP; Human Guide; Protective Techniques; Long Cane Basics; Outdoor Travel; Street Crossing Sequence; Intersection Analysis; Public Transportation & Trip Planning; and Introduction to Electronic Travel Devices, GPS & Wayfinding Technologies.

Mondays & Wednesdays: January 25 & 27; February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24; March 1, 3 & 8 from 10:00 am to noon (no class Presidents’ Day, February 15)

RSVP by noon on Friday, January 15 to Chris Williams at Cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

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

7:00 pm: Monthly Mentor Mondays: Cooking, Nutrition and Living Independently


Mar 8

Monthly Mentor Mondays Second Monday of the month @ 7:00pm

Lighthouse Youth Program knows how important connecting with peers and mentors that also happen to be blind or low vision can be on the students we work with. To help the youth connect with our community of excellent mentors and allow time for them to ask questions that can help them along their journey we host our Monthly Mentor Monday’s series, in which Lighthouse staff lead a panel of young blind leaders through a conversation about topics important to the success of youth that are blind or have low vision. Each month a new group college-aged and young adult mentors will share their thoughts, stories and advice about that month’s topic and address any questions that the youth might have. Topics of our monthly panel will include subjects such as advocacy, career exploration, social interaction, self-determination, assistive technology and recreation and leisure with a focus on the additional experiences we encounter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 Dates & Themes

January 11 – Setting Goals and Problem Solving: In our January meeting we will talk about how other blind and low vision student set and achieve their goals and more importantly how we resolve any issues that come up during our journey.

February 8– Advocating your needs and addressing other people’s misperceptions: With Valentine’s day just around the corner we invite you to join our panel as we talk about how we as blind or low vision students can interact successfully with our pears and loved ones. Our February panel will also discuss how they educate our communities about any misperception’s others may have about us as blind or low vision students.

March 8th – Cooking, Nutrition and Living Independently: During our March gathering we will be talking about food, cooking and living independently as blind or low vision students. Join us as this month’s panel shares recipes and wisdom about how to access the food you want that will keep you a happy and healthy student.

April 12 – Planning for what’s next: Join us in April as our panel of blind and low vision students share their insights and answer your questions about how to set oneself up for success in the next academic year.

May 10 – Recreation and getting involved: As summer approaches join our May panel to learn about ways other blind and low vision mentors found their hobbies/interest and how they made their recreation accessible.

Who: students in middle or high school that are blind or have low vision

What: monthly panel of successful mentors that are blind or have low vision

When: second Monday of the month from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting

RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP with Jamey Gump by 5:00 pm the Friday before the event
If you have any questions or would like to sign up for the Monthly Mentor Mondays, please contact, Jamey Gump at youth@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7372.

Mar 9(2 events)

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

2:00 pm: Tech Together


Mar 9

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.

Or leave a voicemail at 1-415-694-7618. Online registration is preferred.

Upcoming Topics

Tech Together: Fundamentals of Files, the Basics
This session will discuss files and folders, how to name, organize and sort them, so you can always find your electronic information whenever you need it.
 
Tuesday, March 2 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 2 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: Fundamentals of Files, Next Steps
This session will cover how to back up, share, and search for your files.
 
Tuesday, March 9 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 9 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: March Mail Madness, The Basics
Have you ever wondered when to reply and when to reply all? Or when to choose CC vs. BCC when copying someone on an email? Or maybe you’re wondering what the difference is between accessing your inbox on the web or in an app. This session will tackle these email topics and more.
 
Tuesday, March 16 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 16 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: March Mail Madness, Next Steps
Do you need to delete loads of old email? Or search for an important message you’ve misplaced? Can filters keep distribution lists from overrunning your inbox? We’ll tackle the finer points of managing all that mail.
 
Tuesday, March 23 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 23 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: Moderating a Meting
If you’re curious about scheduling, hosting, and moderating a Zoom meeting using access technology, we’ll share what we have learned during this first year of Virtual Tech together. Whether you’re wondering how to reduce background noise, how to find raised hands, or how to share your screen, come join us for this tour of Tech Together behind the scenes.
 
Tuesday, March 30 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 30 Tech Together event

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

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


Mar 9

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

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

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

Mar 10(3 events)

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

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


Mar 10

Stress Reduction & Meditation Goes Virtual

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 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 over are invited to participate in a six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision and practical ways to maximize safe and independent living skills. 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 safe and 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 (preferred) or phone at the following dates and times:

Week 1:
Monday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 24 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 2:
Monday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 3 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 3:
Monday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 10 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

This course is free for adults 55 and over 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 those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is $150.00, plus $40.00 materials fee.

Please RSVP by Monday, February 1 to be able to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, February 22. To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org The class is limited to ten students.

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

10:00 am: One Step Forward: O&M Drop-In Forum for Adults 55 and Over


Mar 10

One Step Forward is a 6-week drop-in open discussion forum for students new to orientation and mobility (O&M) who have questions or fears about orientation and mobility training or are simply curious and would like to connect, learn, and converse. Each week, students will engage with each other and LightHouse Orientation & Mobility Specialists Jennifer Huey and Sarah McIntyre, developing comfort and confidence through conversation about O&M. Topics will be planned for each conversation, but this discussion group is for you, so if an O&M topic is on your mind, bring it to the group! This is an opportunity to pose your personal thoughts and questions about learning skills for independent travel.

Who should attend? This 6-week class is for LightHouse students 55 years and older who have not received O&M training, or who have received very little and are not currently participating in O&M training but are curious, “almost ready,” or maybe are ready but are waiting to begin in-person training. This group may also appeal to you if you are looking to connect with other peers who share an interest in O&M and want to discuss the benefits of training. The best thing is, you don’t need any O&M experience to participate!

What to expect each week: Group conversation will focus on a planned topic, but there will also be time to ask questions that are relevant to you. Because this is a drop-in class, you can commit to just one class, all six, or as many as you want. The decision is yours! Participate if the topic is of interest or if you just want to connect and listen. All we ask is that you are open-minded and are interested in taking one step toward independent travel. This forum will use the Zoom platform, but any student with access to a telephone is welcome to join by calling in. Our goal is to make this program low-tech, user-friendly and approachable. The first meeting will be held December 9, 2020 from 10:00-11:00, and the planned topic is “Exploring Covid-safe strategies for navigating the holidays.”

Dates for upcoming meetings and planned topics for conversation:
December 9, 2020: Covid-safe holiday strategies
January 13, 2021: Defining training goals and priorities: New year, new you!
January 27, 2020: Training opportunities: Understanding the differences and intersection between LightHouse services
February 10, 2021: O&M in and around the house: movement and tactile awareness
February 24, 2021: O&M in and around the house: sound
March 10, 2021: What’s stopping you? Exploring the white cane and potential barriers

Class Details:
When: December 9, 2020 – March 10, 2021. Six Wednesday morning meetings (Dec. 9; Jan. 13 & 27; Feb. 10 & 24; March 10).
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
How to Participate: Zoom, either via phone or the Zoom app
Cost: It’s free!

RSVP to Jennifer Huey at JHuey@lighthouse-sf.org or Sarah McIntyre at SMcIntyre@lighthouse-sf.org.

Mar 11(1 event)

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

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


Mar 11

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

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

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

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

Mar 12
Mar 13
Mar 14
Mar 15(1 event)

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

3:00 pm: iCanConnect Information Session for People who are DeafBlind


Mar 15

If you are a Deaf-Blind person in need of new technology and training to access email, social media, Zoom, or other distance telecommunication, this one’s for you. LightHouse’s iCanConnect (iCC) program is hosting a series of Q&A Sessions for interested community members and potential applicants with Nai Damato, the iCC access technology trainer, and Alyah Thomas, the program assistant. The iCanConnect program provides eligible, deaf-blind, low-income applicants of all ages with new technology, training, and support after training is complete. We can provide a range of equipment depending on individual need and skills, for example: iPhones with Braille displays; computers with screen readers and noise canceling headsets to hear JAWs; assistance with upgrading software such as ZoomText or JAWS; or providing braille displays to folks who can no longer hear the speech on the screen reader, but can read email using a braille display.

If you or someone you know might be interested in the program, please join us at one of the following dates:

January: Tuesday 1/12 from 3:00-4:00pm or Friday 1/15 from 12:00-1:00pm
February: Friday 2/19 from 12:00-1:00pm
March: Monday 3/15 from 3:00-4:00, Friday 3/19 from 12:00-1:00pm

For more information about the program or to RSVP for an event, please email program assistant, Alyah Thomas, at athomas@lighthouse-sf.org

Mar 16(3 events)

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

2:00 pm: Tech Together


Mar 16

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.

Or leave a voicemail at 1-415-694-7618. Online registration is preferred.

Upcoming Topics

Tech Together: Fundamentals of Files, the Basics
This session will discuss files and folders, how to name, organize and sort them, so you can always find your electronic information whenever you need it.
 
Tuesday, March 2 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 2 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: Fundamentals of Files, Next Steps
This session will cover how to back up, share, and search for your files.
 
Tuesday, March 9 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 9 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: March Mail Madness, The Basics
Have you ever wondered when to reply and when to reply all? Or when to choose CC vs. BCC when copying someone on an email? Or maybe you’re wondering what the difference is between accessing your inbox on the web or in an app. This session will tackle these email topics and more.
 
Tuesday, March 16 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 16 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: March Mail Madness, Next Steps
Do you need to delete loads of old email? Or search for an important message you’ve misplaced? Can filters keep distribution lists from overrunning your inbox? We’ll tackle the finer points of managing all that mail.
 
Tuesday, March 23 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 23 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: Moderating a Meting
If you’re curious about scheduling, hosting, and moderating a Zoom meeting using access technology, we’ll share what we have learned during this first year of Virtual Tech together. Whether you’re wondering how to reduce background noise, how to find raised hands, or how to share your screen, come join us for this tour of Tech Together behind the scenes.
 
Tuesday, March 30 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 30 Tech Together eve

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

7:00 pm: College Spaces From Different Places


Mar 16

Giving Back in Your Community

When: Tuesday, March 16, from 7:00-8:30 PM

Continue to join us for the next installment of College Spaces from Different Places!  We will discuss the significance of community service, how to select a cause, as well as ways to get involved ranging from advocacy to direct volunteering.

College Spaces from Different Places is a peer led student organization which cultivates connections and community for all undergraduate college students. College Spaces from Different Places is a group designed by and for low vision and blind students to have fun, build community, and share in our struggles and accomplishments. Many undergrads are currently missing out on forming social connections on their own college campus. Therefore, joining College Spaces from Different Places will give you an opportunity to come together with others from across the state. Leave your books and syllabi behind and join us!

If you have any questions or would like to be part of future College Spaces from Different Places gatherings, contact Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, Transition Program Manager at akwong@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone/text at 415-484-8377 to learn more. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

NOTE: The Zoom link to join will be distributed the morning of the meetup. All blind/low vision college students are welcome, and you DO NOT need any authorizations from the DOR to join

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

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


Mar 16

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

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

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

Mar 17(1 event)

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

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


Mar 17

Stress Reduction & Meditation Goes Virtual

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

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

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

Mar 18(2 events)

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

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


Mar 18

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 18

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

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

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

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

Mar 19(1 event)

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

12:00 pm: iCanConnect Information Session for People who are DeafBlind


Mar 19

If you are a Deaf-Blind person in need of new technology and training to access email, social media, Zoom, or other distance telecommunication, this one’s for you. LightHouse’s iCanConnect (iCC) program is hosting a series of Q&A Sessions for interested community members and potential applicants with Nai Damato, the iCC access technology trainer, and Alyah Thomas, the program assistant. The iCanConnect program provides eligible, deaf-blind, low-income applicants of all ages with new technology, training, and support after training is complete. We can provide a range of equipment depending on individual need and skills, for example: iPhones with Braille displays; computers with screen readers and noise canceling headsets to hear JAWs; assistance with upgrading software such as ZoomText or JAWS; or providing braille displays to folks who can no longer hear the speech on the screen reader, but can read email using a braille display.

If you or someone you know might be interested in the program, please join us at one of the following dates:

January: Tuesday 1/12 from 3:00-4:00pm or Friday 1/15 from 12:00-1:00pm
February: Friday 2/19 from 12:00-1:00pm
March: Monday 3/15 from 3:00-4:00, Friday 3/19 from 12:00-1:00pm

For more information about the program or to RSVP for an event, please email program assistant, Alyah Thomas, at athomas@lighthouse-sf.org

Mar 20
Mar 21
Mar 22
Mar 23(2 events)

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

2:00 pm: Tech Together


Mar 23

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.

Or leave a voicemail at 1-415-694-7618. Online registration is preferred.

Upcoming Topics

Tech Together: Fundamentals of Files, the Basics
This session will discuss files and folders, how to name, organize and sort them, so you can always find your electronic information whenever you need it.
 
Tuesday, March 2 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 2 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: Fundamentals of Files, Next Steps
This session will cover how to back up, share, and search for your files.
 
Tuesday, March 9 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 9 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: March Mail Madness, The Basics
Have you ever wondered when to reply and when to reply all? Or when to choose CC vs. BCC when copying someone on an email? Or maybe you’re wondering what the difference is between accessing your inbox on the web or in an app. This session will tackle these email topics and more.
 
Tuesday, March 16 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 16 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: March Mail Madness, Next Steps
Do you need to delete loads of old email? Or search for an important message you’ve misplaced? Can filters keep distribution lists from overrunning your inbox? We’ll tackle the finer points of managing all that mail.
 
Tuesday, March 23 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 23 Tech Together event.
 
Tech Together: Moderating a Meting
If you’re curious about scheduling, hosting, and moderating a Zoom meeting using access technology, we’ll share what we have learned during this first year of Virtual Tech together. Whether you’re wondering how to reduce background noise, how to find raised hands, or how to share your screen, come join us for this tour of Tech Together behind the scenes.
 
Tuesday, March 30 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
 
RSVP online for the March 30 Tech Together eve

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

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


Mar 23

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

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

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

Mar 24(1 event)

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

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


Mar 24

Stress Reduction & Meditation Goes Virtual

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

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

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

Mar 25(3 events)

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

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

(All day)
Mar 25

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.

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

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


Mar 25

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

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

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

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

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

4:00 pm: Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club: The Wizard of Oz


Mar 25

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

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

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

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

Mar 26
Mar 27(1 event)

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

2:00 pm: Celebration of Sergio Lopez-Hernandez Life


Mar 27

Sergio with his white cane hiking down Cardiac Hill at Enchanted Hills Camp

Former LightHouse and Enchanted Hills Camp staff member, Sergio Lopez-Hernandez passed away suddenly on January 18, 2021. Although we are still overcoming the shock of this loss, we feel the need for healing. The LightHouse/Enchanted Hills Camp community would like to invite you to please join friends and family for a celebration of the life of our dear friend Sergio Lopez-Hernandez.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Mar 27, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Celebration of Sergio Lopez-Hernandez’s life

Please click the link below to join the webinar.

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,98039507620# or +12532158782,,98039507620#

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 929 436 2866 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or 833 548 0276 (Toll Free) or 833 548 0282 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5247 (Toll Free) or 888 788 0099 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 980 3950 7620
International numbers available here.

Mar 28
Mar 29(1 event)

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

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


Mar 29

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

Adult clients of their state Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) are invited to participate in a six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision and practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work and school 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 (preferred) or phone at the following dates and times (Pacific Standard Time):

Week 1:

Monday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 31 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 2:

Monday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 7 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 3:

Monday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 14 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Please RSVP by Monday, March 1 to coordinate authorization through your DOR counselor and to be able to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, March 29.  To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org  The class is limited to ten students.

Mar 30(2 events)

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

2:00 pm: Tech Together: Moderating a Meeting


Mar 30

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

Tech Together: Moderating a Meeting

If you’re curious about scheduling, hosting, and moderating a Zoom meeting using access technology, we’ll share what we have learned during this first year of Virtual Tech together. Whether you’re wondering how to reduce background noise, how to find raised hands, or how to share your screen, come join us for this tour of Tech Together behind the scenes.

RSVP online for Tech Together: Moderating a Meeting 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.

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

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


Mar 30

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

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

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

Mar 31(2 events)

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

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


Mar 31

Stress Reduction & Meditation Goes Virtual

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 31

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

Adult clients of their state Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) are invited to participate in a six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision and practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work and school 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 (preferred) or phone at the following dates and times (Pacific Standard Time):

Week 1:

Monday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 31 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 2:

Monday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 7 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Week 3:

Monday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 14 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Please RSVP by Monday, March 1 to coordinate authorization through your DOR counselor and to be able to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, March 29.  To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Low Vision Therapist, Gina di Grazia at gdigrazia@lighthouse-sf.org  The class is limited to ten students.

Apr 1(2 events)

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

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


Apr 1

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

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

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

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

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

4:00 pm: Reel Escape: Audio-Described Movie Club: The One and Only Ivan


Apr 1

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

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

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

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

Apr 2(1 event)

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 hosts COVID-19 Vaccination at HQ

Apr 2

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.

Apr 3(1 event)

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

1:00 pm: Harry Potter Club


Apr 3

Grab your wands, cauldrons, and your Harry Potter knowledge and join your Lighthouse friends for our new student driven Harry Potter Club. This monthly gathering of happy Harry Potter enthusiasts will gather during the afternoon of the first Saturday of each month for all sorts of Harry Potter awesomeness.

In January we will start the club off right with a kick-off party!  Where we will learn more about our Harry Potter friends by taking part in some house sorting and house competitions. Followed by a presentation from our friends at the Talking Books and Braille Center at the San Francisco Public Library about one way you might be able to access the Harry Potter book series. In February we will start watching the Harry Potter movie series and compare each of the movies and books in order. We will continue in this fashion with another installment of the Harry Potter series each month with a short break for summer. To best prepare for each month’s program we ask that you read the corresponding book before we watch the movie.

Don’t have the book?  Don’t worry! There are options. First is the NLS free braille and talking book library service. If you are not signed up with the NLS please start the process at https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-library-service-for-the-blind-and-print-disabled/about-this-service/?cid=loc-ppc_s=google_c=talking-book-library_ag=talking-book_kw=library-of-congress-talking-books.You may also subscribe to Learning Ally, who has audio versions of all the Harry Potter books. To create an account with Learning Ally, please visit - https://learningally.org/About-Us/Join. Join us for the kick-off event in December to learn more and ask questions.

2021 Dates

January 2 – Club Kick-off Party!

February 6 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

March 6 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

April 3  – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

May 1  – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

June, July & August – Summer Break

September 4th – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

October 2 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

November 6 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

December 4 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Who: Blind and low vision youth from all over that are under 18 or that are still in high school. Families should be aware the Harry Potter Books are for youth that are at least in 5th or 6th grade, however a couple of the Harry Potter movies are rated PG-13 and may not be appropriate for all.

What: Harry Potter book and audio description movie club

When: 1:00 pm of the first Saturday of the month (see dates above)

Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting

RSVP: Zoom meeting information will be shared with those that RSVP by 5:00 pm of the day before the program

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

Anti-Discrimination Statement: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired does not support discriminatory or hateful speech in any form. We stand by the LGBTQ+ community and all fans who found a home in the Harry Potter series and will work to provide a safe space for fans.

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

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!