We have resumed select face-to-face services for students by appointment and virtual classes continue to be offered. If you would like to discuss face-to-face services, please get in touch with your current LightHouse contact. All other inquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 415-431-1481.
LightHouse will be closed Monday, January 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The week's events
Tech Together Online
Tech Together Online
September 14: Mac Vs. PC, Operating Systems and Productivity Apps
In the first of our September showdowns, we’ll begin with Mac Vs. PC. If you’ve ever wondered how different operating systems stack up in terms of accessibility and productivity, we’re here with a task by task comparison. This week we’ll cover operating system and screen reader basics, word processing, file management, and spreadsheets.
September 21: Mac Vs. PC, Communication and Information
In the second of our September showdowns, we’ll continue with Mac Vs. PC. If you’ve ever wondered how different operating systems stack up in terms of accessibility and productivity, we’re here with a task by task comparison. This week we’ll cover email, calendars, web browsing, and multimedia.
September 28: iPhone vs. Android
In our final September showdown, we’ll compare iPhone and Android operating systems from an accessibility perspective. If you’re wondering whether Android accessibility has caught up to iOS, come put the 2 to a side by side test with us. We’ll focus on built in accessibility features, web browsing, apps available for blindness and low vision related tasks, and location and way finding.National Federation of the Blind: San Francisco Chapter Meeting (Online)
National Federation of the Blind: San Francisco Chapter Meeting (Online)
The National Federation of the Blind is a nationwide community of members that believe blind people can live the lives they want. We meet online via Zoom with the following schedule:
6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Virtual Happy (Half) Hour
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Chapter Meeting
To RSVP, contact Christina Daniels at email@example.com.
*Please note, this group is not afflicted with LightHouse.
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 on Zoom.
In addition to the week of training, there will be an Orientation Session Friday, September 17 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and a follow-up meetup on Friday October 1, from 10:00 am to noon after the conclusion of the course. During the training week of September 20 to 24, there are three, two-hour learning sessions every day. Each day of training begins at 10:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm with breaks for lunch and dinner. The exception is Friday, September 24 which begins at 9:30 am and ends at 1:00 pm. Time for student discussion and other relevant topics will be facilitated Monday through Thursday after each afternoon class. Optional chair yoga will be available Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 9:45 am to get your day started.
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 Skills 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.
Because one of the main purposes of this course is to connect with others who are new to being blind or having low vision, we request that all students make a commitment to participate in all sessions including the CVCL Orientation and CVCL Post-Course Meetup. Please note, 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. Our tech trainer will provide training before the course to make the Zoom experience smooth.
The fee to participate in this training is $825 and $140 for course materials that will be sent to you prior to September 20. Here are options to pay for the course if you are a consumer of Vocational Rehabilitation or 55 or older.
If you are a consumer of Vocational Rehabilitation, in California or any other state, you will need an authorization from your Rehabilitation Counselor to participate in CVCL.
If you are not with Vocational Rehabilitation and you are age 55 and older, and living in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte or Trinity, there may be partial scholarship funding for training and course materials.
CVCL Full Schedule
CVCL Orientation Session: Friday, September 17 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
CVCL: Monday, September 20 through Thursday September 23 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday, September 24 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
CVCL Optional Morning Chair Yoga: Tuesday, September 21 through Thursday, September 23 from 9:00 am top 9:45 am
Post-CVCL Meetup: Friday October 1, from 10:00 am to noon
Registration is required and the deadline to register is Tuesday, September 14, 2021. To register, please contact Debbie Bacon at DBacon@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7357 or Janet Pomerantz (Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte residents) at JPomerantz@lighthouse-sf.org or 707-268-5646.
CCB San Francisco Chapter monthly meeting
CCB San Francisco Chapter monthly meeting
The San Francisco chapter of the California Council of the Blind holds its monthly meetings on Zoom on the third Saturday of the month from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. To RSVP, contact Frank Welte by phone at 510-541-1442 or via email at Frank.A.Welte@gmail.com. All are welcome!!
The events for the upcoming week are read aloud on our event hotline every Friday, which can be accessed by calling (415)694-7325.
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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.