Calendar

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The week's events

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Apr 11
Apr 12(2 events)

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


Apr 12

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

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.

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7:00 pm: Monthly Mentor Mondays: Planning for What’s Next


Apr 12

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.

Apr 13(4 events)

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2:00 pm: Tech Together Online: Let's Talk Google Docs


Apr 13

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

It’s a word processor, that lives in a web browser. It’s a powerful tool for building documents with other people. We’ll cover the concepts and settings you’ll need to access Google Docs with a screen reader.

RSVP for Tech Together Online: Let's Talk Google Docs 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.

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6:00 pm: National Federation of the Blind San Francisco Chapter Meeting (online)


Apr 13

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 ms.christina.daniels@gmail.com.

*Please note, this group is not afflicted with LightHouse.

Read more: National Federation of the Blind San Francisco Chapter Meeting (online)

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7:00 pm: College Spaces From Different Places: Effective Study Environments


Apr 13

College Spaces from Different Places
Meeting 5: Effective Study Environments: from Stations to Systems

When: Tuesday, April 13, from 7:00-8:30 PM

Continue to join us for the next installment of College Spaces from Different Places! We will swap tips on how best to create and access an effective study environment including systems, platforms, and equipment. This month, our very own, Gene Kim, will facilitate this interesting and practical conversation.

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 by April 9, 2021 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)


Apr 13

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.

Apr 14(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


Apr 14

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 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.

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


Apr 15

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 16(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.

5:30 pm: 2021 CTEBVI Youth Institute


Apr 16

2021 CTEBVI Youth Institute
Friday, April 16th and Saturday, April 17th

With the CTEBVI convention going virtual, the Youth Institute will be doing the same, opening the door for many of the youth who might not have been able to attend an in-person conference to join us and gain the experiences of learning about the many resources, connections and new equipment that come together at the CTEBVI annual conference. The Youth Institute is your ticket as a blind and low vision student to learning about all of this and everything else the conference has to offer while having fun with your blind and low vision peers.

Our modified virtual schedule will allow you to learn, connect, and enhance your CTEBVI conference experience without spending your entire Saturday on zoom. Programming starts Friday evening with a kick-off event at 5:30 p.m. PDT. This will include an introduction and appropriately themed happy hour and social for both youth and parents. Our Saturday program will be broken up into age groups, with elementary and middle school youth in the morning and teens in the afternoon. Below you will find information about the agenda and the program options you will be choosing from when you register for the event in the below Google Form. Please be sure to sign-up by Friday, April 2nd so that our friends at Braille Institute have time to mail you a bag of program supplies and conference gifts.

2021 Youth Institute registration form: http://bit.ly/ctebvi21-youthinstitute

2021 Youth Institute Program Agenda
Friday, April 16, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. PDT – Youth Institute Kickoff Event (All ages)
- Welcome & Introductions, Keynote Speakers, and Happy Hour Breakout Rooms!
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT -- Elementary and Middle School. Two available Sessions: Student Success Panel and Simple Cooking at Home.
- Student Success Panel – LightHouse’s Transitions Program Manager, Ann Kwong will lead a panel of students discussing the challenges and success other blind and low vision students and their teachers have had during distance learning.
- Simple Cooking at Home – Students will learn about and make simple and tasty recipes they can make by themselves at home from blind and low vision mentors.
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT -- Elementary and Middle School. Three Available Sessions: App Swap, Art Swap, and Talent Swap.
- App Swap – Priscilla Jimenez, a blind mentor that is an access tech tester and enthusiast will lead students in an interactive discussion about their favorite smart apps, devices, and technology that they use to access the world.
- Art Swap – Sculptures, Painters and creators of all types are invited to take part in our virtual origami lesson taught by blind mom, life coach and artist, LisaMaria Martinez. After our accessible art lesson students will get a chance to take part in a show and tell, where they can share all the awesome art they have created at home.
- Talent Swap – Musician, poets, singers, dancers, and other talented youth are invited to share their skill in our student Talent Swap led by DJ CJ or as students at the UC San Diego’s Office for Students with Disabilities know him as Jimmy Cong.
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PDT -- Teen Students. Two available Sessions: College Success Panel and Interview Basics.
- College Success Panel – LightHouse’s Youth Program Assistant, Daisy Soto and leaders from the College Spaces Different Places program will lead panel discussion addressing their experience in college during covid-19 and how youth can best prepare for the future.
- Interview Basics – LightHouse’s Transitions Program Manager, Ann Kwong leads an interactive conversation about interview strategies before students get the chance to participate in mock interviews with other students.
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PDT -- Teen Students. Three sessions available. App Swap, Talent Swap, and Shopping and Fashion Swap.
- App Swap – Priscilla Jimenez, a blind mentor that is an access tech tester and enthusiast will lead students in an interactive discussion about their favorite smart apps, devices, and technology that they use to access the world.
- Talent Swap – Musician, poets, singers, dancers, and other talented youth are invited to share their skill in our student Talent Swap led by DJ CJ or as students at the UC San Diego’s Office for Students with Disabilities know him as Jimmy Cong.
- Shopping and Fashion Swap – Students will learn about alternative techniques that other blind and low vision mentors use to access the stores they want, while looking good.
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT -- Social Hour with Music Trivia (all ages)
- To wrap up the Youth Institute we will host a social hour where youth can connect with your blind or low vision peers or challenge your new friends in some awesomely amusing music trivia.

If you have any questions about this year’s Youth Institute, please email Jamey Gump at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org or call him at 415-694-7372.

Apr 17(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): Virtual Cycle for Sight

(All day)
Apr 17

Cycle for Sight is a yearly fundraising cycle event for Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind. We're going virtual for 2021! Come out support Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind by participating - with options to ride, run, walk or hike. Sign up to be a member of Team Enchanted Hills when you register.
We missed you in 2020! We want to see you in 2021 - at least virtually. Join us for a ride, run, hike or walk and post your photos for the annual Cycle for Sight using hashtag #C4S2021.
We’ll come together in the morning via live stream for our opening ceremony, then regroup in the afternoon for a post ride virtual party.
Cost
Regular $45
VIP - $85
(VIP) Registration Fee includes a goody bag mailed to your home.

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: 2021 CTEBVI Youth Institute


Apr 17

2021 CTEBVI Youth Institute
Friday, April 16th and Saturday, April 17th

With the CTEBVI convention going virtual, the Youth Institute will be doing the same, opening the door for many of the youth who might not have been able to attend an in-person conference to join us and gain the experiences of learning about the many resources, connections and new equipment that come together at the CTEBVI annual conference. The Youth Institute is your ticket as a blind and low vision student to learning about all of this and everything else the conference has to offer while having fun with your blind and low vision peers.

Our modified virtual schedule will allow you to learn, connect, and enhance your CTEBVI conference experience without spending your entire Saturday on zoom. Programming starts Friday evening with a kick-off event at 5:30 p.m. PDT. This will include an introduction and appropriately themed happy hour and social for both youth and parents. Our Saturday program will be broken up into age groups, with elementary and middle school youth in the morning and teens in the afternoon. Below you will find information about the agenda and the program options you will be choosing from when you register for the event in the below Google Form. Please be sure to sign-up by Friday, April 2nd so that our friends at Braille Institute have time to mail you a bag of program supplies and conference gifts.

2021 Youth Institute registration form: http://bit.ly/ctebvi21-youthinstitute

2021 Youth Institute Program Agenda
Friday, April 16, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. PDT – Youth Institute Kickoff Event (All ages)
- Welcome & Introductions, Keynote Speakers, and Happy Hour Breakout Rooms!
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT -- Elementary and Middle School. Two available Sessions: Student Success Panel and Simple Cooking at Home.
- Student Success Panel – LightHouse’s Transitions Program Manager, Ann Kwong will lead a panel of students discussing the challenges and success other blind and low vision students and their teachers have had during distance learning.
- Simple Cooking at Home – Students will learn about and make simple and tasty recipes they can make by themselves at home from blind and low vision mentors.
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT -- Elementary and Middle School. Three Available Sessions: App Swap, Art Swap, and Talent Swap.
- App Swap – Priscilla Jimenez, a blind mentor that is an access tech tester and enthusiast will lead students in an interactive discussion about their favorite smart apps, devices, and technology that they use to access the world.
- Art Swap – Sculptures, Painters and creators of all types are invited to take part in our virtual origami lesson taught by blind mom, life coach and artist, LisaMaria Martinez. After our accessible art lesson students will get a chance to take part in a show and tell, where they can share all the awesome art they have created at home.
- Talent Swap – Musician, poets, singers, dancers, and other talented youth are invited to share their skill in our student Talent Swap led by DJ CJ or as students at the UC San Diego’s Office for Students with Disabilities know him as Jimmy Cong.
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PDT -- Teen Students. Two available Sessions: College Success Panel and Interview Basics.
- College Success Panel – LightHouse’s Youth Program Assistant, Daisy Soto and leaders from the College Spaces Different Places program will lead panel discussion addressing their experience in college during covid-19 and how youth can best prepare for the future.
- Interview Basics – LightHouse’s Transitions Program Manager, Ann Kwong leads an interactive conversation about interview strategies before students get the chance to participate in mock interviews with other students.
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PDT -- Teen Students. Three sessions available. App Swap, Talent Swap, and Shopping and Fashion Swap.
- App Swap – Priscilla Jimenez, a blind mentor that is an access tech tester and enthusiast will lead students in an interactive discussion about their favorite smart apps, devices, and technology that they use to access the world.
- Talent Swap – Musician, poets, singers, dancers, and other talented youth are invited to share their skill in our student Talent Swap led by DJ CJ or as students at the UC San Diego’s Office for Students with Disabilities know him as Jimmy Cong.
- Shopping and Fashion Swap – Students will learn about alternative techniques that other blind and low vision mentors use to access the stores they want, while looking good.
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT -- Social Hour with Music Trivia (all ages)
- To wrap up the Youth Institute we will host a social hour where youth can connect with your blind or low vision peers or challenge your new friends in some awesomely amusing music trivia.

If you have any questions about this year’s Youth Institute, please email Jamey Gump at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org or call him 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.

10:30 am: CCB San Francisco Chapter monthly meeting


Apr 17

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. 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!