Calendar

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The week's events

  • Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I

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    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I


    Aug 11

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 23, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    Solid internet access and be able to access Zoom via phone and/or video and have computer skills to receive and read articles, watch videos and/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Tech Together Online: How to Choose Your Access Technology

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    Tech Together Online: How to Choose Your Access Technology


    Aug 11

    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.

    August 11: How to Choose Your Access Technology

    Specialists will share our approach to technology assessments, a fancy term for the decision making process of what mainstream and access technologies are best for you. If you are planning to come to our Virtual Select the Right Tech on Friday the 14, this is an excellent pre-show.

    Upcoming

    August 18: Tech for Entering Text

    Join us for one or all of these conversations, which will be conducted using the Zoom platform. You can connect to Zoom using a computer, an app, or by dialing in from any phone. Zoom meeting details will be provided when you RSVP to: ADecker@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7343 Please note that we need your email address to invite you to the Zoom meeting, so RSVP via email is preferred.

  • Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I

    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.

    Get Moving: O&M for independent travel: Session I


    Aug 13

    Are you new to cane travel? Want to learn more about tactile maps and GPS? We’re offering a comprehensive six-week online course in Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to help you travel independently. Courses are taught by Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

    There will be two sessions:

    Session I: For those working with their state’s vocational rehabilitation department or commission for the blind (available in all 50 states).

    When: July 28 through September 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Robert Alminana, Jennifer Huey

    Session II: For those who are 55 and over, who aren’t in a vocational rehabilitation plan and living in Northern California.

    When: Date:  August 17 through September 23, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to noon Pacific.

    Instructors: Danette Davis and Chris Williams

    Who qualifies for this course?

    Session I

    • State Department of Rehabilitation or Commission for the Blind Consumers in all 50 states.

    Session II

    • Department of Veteran Affairs consumers
    • People 55 and over

    What do you need to take this course?

    Solid internet access and be able to access Zoom via phone and/or video and have computer skills to receive and read articles, watch videos and/or listen to podcasts.

    What is this course about?

    This is a comprehensive six-week, twelve-class course using the Zoom conferencing platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel. Participants will meet twice a week for a total instruction time of 24 hours.

    The course covers O&M fundamentals including the benefits of O&M skills for travel and employment; sensory, spatial and environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics and TMAP; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis, public transit and trip planning, introduction to electronic travel devices and GPS and wayfinding techniques.

    Who would benefit from the course?

    • People who are blind or have low vision who are new to O&M.
    • People who have had a recent change in vision.
    • People who haven’t used their O&M skills in a while.
    • People looking for an O&M refresher.

    How will participants benefit?

    • Participants will acquire strong foundational skills that are critical for safe, independent travel that will help them gain and retain employment.
    • Participants will receive structured, organized instruction that will prepare them for subsequent individualized training with a certified O&M specialist.

    How does the course fit in with consumer’s overall O&M training program?

    • This will be the first of two parts in a combined O&M training curriculum.
    • The second part will be an individualized, face-to-face, hands-on learning and practice instruction program when public safety mandates allow. (Available to consumers in the LightHouse training area only.)

    What is the cost of this course?

    Session I$1,165.00 (990.00 for the course + $175.00 for materials

    Session II: Course is provided at no charge to people living in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.  If you live outside those areas, the cost is $990.00. Scholarships are available. Course materials for the 12 weeks are $50 and may be waived based on scholarship availability.

    What materials will be used during the course?  

    • Bump dots, mixed
    • Tactile Maps (TMAP)
    • Intersection map set
    • Wikki Stix
    • Additional materials supplied by LightHouse for The Blind: tactile activity sheets; rubber bands; signature guide; Kanga-Pak; sleep shade.

    How to register for one of these courses?

    Session I:  Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Session II:  Danette Davis at ddavis@lighthouse-sf.org or Chris Williams at cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Virtual Tours at Legion of Honor

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    Virtual Tours at Legion of Honor


    Aug 13

    Thursday, August 13, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Connections
    Thursday, September 10, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - What's the Story?
    Thursday, October 8, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Works in Three dimensions

    The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is offering three highly descriptive Zoom tours led by docent Jim Kohn. Jim will kick off his three-lecture series on August 13 at 1:00 p.m. Stanley Yarnell of the Blind Posse previewed Jim’s presentation and said, "He had me in the palm of his hand the whole time." Jim is extraordinarily articulate and has significant experience describing art for the blind and low vision community.

    Thursday, August 13, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Connections
    This tour of objects from the permanent collection at the de Young will connect traditional native cultures with contemporary American art. Art from Africa will be compared with art from African American artists, Art from Asia will be connected to works by Asian American artists, and art from native American people will be compared and connected with art produced in contemporary times in North America.

    Thursday, September 10, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    What's the Story?
    In this tour, participants will be introduced to narratives present in several works from the permanent collection at the Legion of Honor, including stories from the classical era, the Old and New Testaments, and from the artists’ imaginations.

    Thursday, October 8, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Works in Three dimensions
    This tour will include sculptures from the collection at the Legion of Honor and will span the history of art from earliest times, 5000 years ago or more, up to the twentieth century. Sculpture in stone and bronze as well as ceramics and porcelain are included.

    For Zoom access details, contact Adult Program Coordinator Serena Olsen at solsen@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7316.

  • Select The Right Tech, Going Virtual!

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    Select The Right Tech, Going Virtual!


    Aug 14

    If you're blind or visually impaired, finding the right piece of access technology can be a big, and sometimes daunting, undertaking, but knowing what options can meet your needs is the first step. Back by popular demand, here's a chance to see first hand the latest and greatest in access technology. We've invited a variety of access technology vendors to come show you magnification, Braille displays, hand held devices, apps, and more. This is your opportunity to see all the products in 1 place, hear from the experts, and ask questions. While you're here, chat with a Lighthouse technology specialist to Get tips on selecting the right technology to meet your individual needs, and learn how you can receive training on your access technology here at the Lighthouse. When: Friday, August 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This workshop will be conducted using the Zoom platform. You can connect to Zoom using a computer, an app, or by dialing in from any phone.

    Zoom meeting details will be provided when you rsvp by email to: AT@lighthouse-sf.org or by leaving a voicemail at: 415-694-7312.

    Please note that we need your email address to invite you to the Zoom meeting, so RSVP via email is preferred. lighthouse offers space for vendors to show their products to the blind community, but vendor participation in this event does not imply Lighthouse endorsement.

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!