LightHouse will be closed on Juneteenth (June 19).

The week's events

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Mar 19
Mar 20(2 events)

9:30 am: The Business of Blindness: Coffee with Mike Cole (online)

Mar 20

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

RSVP to Andrew Martinez at or 415-694-7642.

6:00 pm: Vison: Peer-Led Support Group (online)

Mar 20

March dates: March 6 & 20

Vision is a solutions-based and peer-led support group. Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, we discuss different topics and share our experiences, thoughts, and knowledge. We are people with similar experiences who genuinely want to support one another in all aspects of living independently with our changing vision.

RSVP online for Vision Peer-Led Support Group or call 415-694-7607.

Mar 21(2 events)

2:00 pm: Tech Together: March 2023 (online)

Mar 21

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

March 7: Make the Most of Screen Magnification
We'll take a look at the magnification features of our mobile devices and computers. Whether you use magnification every day or every once in a while, you won’t want to miss this helpful overview.

RSVP online for Make the Most of Screen Magnification or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7618.

March 14: Open Forum
Do you have a favorite tech tip or trick to share? Do you have questions about your tech setup? Do you have ideas about future Tech Together events? Join the Access Technology team for a fun and freeform discussion where we can all nerd out and learn about tech, together.

RSVP online for Open Forum or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7618.

March 21: What's New in the World of Access Technology: Updates from CSUN
We'll share updates and insights after the 38th annual CSUN Assistive Technology conference.

RSVP online for Updates from CSUN or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7618.

March 28: Outstanding Standalone Magnification Devices
We'll have a discussion on standalone magnification solutions. We'll dive into desktop and portable devices, and zoom in on the options that will optimize your visual experience.

RSVP online for Outstanding Standalone Magnification Devices or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7618.

6:00 pm: 30% & Growing (in-person)

Mar 21

30% & Growing heads over the Bay Bridge into Berkeley! This month we will be gathering for drinks and socializing at Triple Rock Brewing (1920 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704), a local Berkeley classic. Come out and enjoy food, drinks and comradery with others who are blind and low vision in different stages of their career. For those interested, there will be a group meeting at Lighthouse and traveling to Triple Rock together. Contact Andrew Martinez at or 415-694-7642 for more details.

Mar 22
Mar 23(2 events)

10:00 am: Introductory Tactile Map Workshop (in-person)

Mar 23

LightHouse’s Rehabilitation Services and Media and Accessible Design departments are teaming up to present this free course on learning to read tactile maps.

This workshop takes place at LightHouse East Bay in the Osher Conference Room. The address is Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, 94703. 

What will you learn?

  • The value of tactile maps for route planning and awareness of environmental features.
  • Systematic strategies in your approach to exploration of tactile maps.
  • How symbols, line types, labels, and distance, direction, and environmental features are used in interpreting maps.
  • Tactile discrimination techniques for map reading.
  • Greater orientation to new environments.
  • How to order more maps.
  • In addition to the training, each student will take home free TMAPs of their residential area and of the LightHouse East Bay neighborhood at 3075 Adeline, as well as a tactile map of the Ashby BART Station and a tactile BART system map.


  • Functional use of intermediate braille is required.
  • Students must be aged 16 or up.

LightHouse Braille Instructor, Divina Carlson; Senior Accessible Media and Braille Specialist, Frank Welte; Orientation & Mobility Specialist, Sarah McIntyre and tactile map aficionado, Jerry Kuns, will be facilitating this introductory training in the practical use of TMAP, tactile maps and tactile BART maps for Bay Area travelers. It must be noted that Jerry states he isn’t happier than when he has a good cappuccino in one hand and a tactile map in the other!

Come join us in learning the language of tactile maps. To attend, please contact Briana Kusuma, at or 415-694-7335 no later than Friday, March 17. In your email, please provide Briana your full name, phone number and your residential address, so that we can produce your home map prior to the training.

Space is limited to 15 participants. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list. We will consider scheduling an additional session if there is sufficient interest. Students may attend with their TVI or O&M teacher. Because this is an in-person activity, we are requesting that you provide proof of vaccination upon entry and wear a mask during the event.

This course is made possible thanks to a grant from the Federal Transportation Administration.

11:00 am: Create In Community Art Class: March 2023 (in-person)

Mar 23

Let's gather together in the 11th floor art space at LightHouse San Francisco (1155 Market) to explore a different art process, style or media each moth while connecting with fellow creatives. These are exploratory, process-oriented classes that invite you to work at whatever level you are, be it first timer to expert.

This March, we will create a variety of painted and textured papers that we will later use as collage materials to create colorful and tactile artworks.

RSVP to Maia Scott at or 415-694-7608.

Mar 24(2 events)

5:00 pm: Creators' Space - Accessible Comics with Rachel Lanzerotti (in-person)

Mar 24

Creators' Space welcomes Rachel “Rae” Lanzerotti to share their accessible comic work in progress.  After vision loss in 2020, Rae started making audio-graphic memoirs, and their autobiographical comics received awards in the 2022 Accessible Comics Competition. Rae shares their story, “Embodied,” which uses image, sound, and texture. Come listen, read, discuss and be part of an exploratory practice of making your own simple comic, no experience needed!

RSVP by March 23 to Maia Scott at or 415-694-7608

8:00 pm: Reel Escape Audio Description Club; Wednesday Netflix Series (online)

Mar 24

We all need an escape at times, and with the Real Escape Audio Description Club you can do just that with your blind and low vision friends. Our weekly gathering takes place Friday evenings at 8:00 pm., where we watch the next episode of our series and connect with your LightHouse and EHC friends. Now that we’ve watched all that we could from the world of Daredevil, our club will be switching things up and will start watching the new series, Wednesday, in early February. For those unfamiliar with the show, check out the trailer.

***Parents Please Note*** Wednesday is rated TV-14 for fear, language, and violence which means some content may not be suitable for kids under 14. IMDB has a parental guide that goes into greater detail about why the show received this rating. Read the Parent Guide for Wednesday.

Who: teens and young adults who are blind or are low vision

What: Wednesday with the Reel Escape Audio Description Club via Zoom

When: Friday evenings @ 8:00 pm

Where: anywhere you can access a zoom meeting

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

If you are interested in signing up or have any questions about the Reel Escape Audio Description Club, please contact Jamey Gump by email at or by phone at 415-694-7372.

Mar 25

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.

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