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The week's events

  • Tech Together Online

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    Tech Together Online


    Jun 15

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

    Registration details to come.

    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.

    Tech Together Online; #GetSocial

    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.

    Tech Together Online; #GetSocial


    Jun 15

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

    If you’re new to social media or want to explore social media platforms that are new to you, you won’t want to miss this session. What’s a friend, a like, a follow, a hashtag? Are blind people using Instagram? Have you heard of Clubhouse? Do your friends keep asking if you’re on Facebook? Join us for what’s sure to be a fun and informative whirlwind tour of the many flavors of social media.

    RSVP for Tech Together Online: #GetSocial or leave a voicemail at 415-694-7618. Online registration is preferred.

    Upcoming Tech Togethers

    Tech Together Online: Virtual Blindness Conventions

    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.

    Navigation with Mobile GPS Apps

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    Navigation with Mobile GPS Apps


    Jun 15

    Interested in learning more about how GPS apps can support O&M travel? Orientation and Mobility Specialists from LightHouse for the Blind will introduce participants to multiple GPS apps during the four-session course. Participants will become familiar with features in Soundscape, Apple Maps, and Google Maps and learn how it can be integrated into regular travel.

    Classes will be taught via Zoom from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the following dates:
    Tuesday, June 15
    Thursday, June 17
    Tuesday, June 22
    Thursday, June 24

    This course is for DOR students with intermediate to advance iPhone skills who are interested in developing the navigation skills needed to retain or gain employment. Class size is limited to 8 students and is currently full. To find out about future GPS classes, please contact O&M Specialist, Marie Trudelle, at mtrudelle@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Orientation & Mobility: Navigation with Mobile GPS Apps

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    Orientation & Mobility: Navigation with Mobile GPS Apps


    Jun 15

    LightHouse Orientation & Mobility Specialists, Marie Trudell and Katt Jones will teach this four-session GPS Navigation course on Zoom introducing iPhone using students to foundational GPS concepts, app features, and problem-solving strategies. Students will learn and explore the function and features of Soundscape, Apple and Google Maps and practice identifying destinations, places of interest, and landmarks. The class will culminate in a GPS App Scavenger Hunt.

    Who can benefit from this eight hour course?

    • People who travel independently to work, school, and in life and would like to increase existing orientation and navigation skills
    • iPhone users with an intermediate to advanced level of technology skills who have a strong use of Zoom or VoiceOver

    The fee for this course is $330 and is limited to eight participants. This course may be supported by the Department of Rehabilitation with approval and authorizations (individuals must first contact their counselors). Limited scholarships are available for eligible students.

    The class runs June 15, 17, 22 & 24 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

    The RSVP deadline is June 1. 

    If you are brand new to the LightHouse and interested in this course, contact Jeff Carlson, Social Worker at JCarlson@lighthouse-sf.org . For those who have participated in classes at the LightHouse and are interested in registering for this course, contact Katt Jones at KJones@lighthouse-sf.org.

  • Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)

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    Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


    Jun 16

    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.

  • Navigation with Mobile GPS Apps

    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.

    Navigation with Mobile GPS Apps


    Jun 17

    Interested in learning more about how GPS apps can support O&M travel? Orientation and Mobility Specialists from LightHouse for the Blind will introduce participants to multiple GPS apps during the four-session course. Participants will become familiar with features in Soundscape, Apple Maps, and Google Maps and learn how it can be integrated into regular travel.

    Classes will be taught via Zoom from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the following dates:
    Tuesday, June 15
    Thursday, June 17
    Tuesday, June 22
    Thursday, June 24

    This course is for DOR students with intermediate to advance iPhone skills who are interested in developing the navigation skills needed to retain or gain employment. Class size is limited to 8 students and is currently full. To find out about future GPS classes, please contact O&M Specialist, Marie Trudelle, at mtrudelle@lighthouse-sf.org.

    Orientation & Mobility: Navigation with Mobile GPS Apps

    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.

    Orientation & Mobility: Navigation with Mobile GPS Apps


    Jun 17

    LightHouse Orientation & Mobility Specialists, Marie Trudell and Katt Jones will teach this four-session GPS Navigation course on Zoom introducing iPhone using students to foundational GPS concepts, app features, and problem-solving strategies. Students will learn and explore the function and features of Soundscape, Apple and Google Maps and practice identifying destinations, places of interest, and landmarks. The class will culminate in a GPS App Scavenger Hunt.

    Who can benefit from this eight hour course?

    • People who travel independently to work, school, and in life and would like to increase existing orientation and navigation skills
    • iPhone users with an intermediate to advanced level of technology skills who have a strong use of Zoom or VoiceOver

    The fee for this course is $330 and is limited to eight participants. This course may be supported by the Department of Rehabilitation with approval and authorizations (individuals must first contact their counselors). Limited scholarships are available for eligible students.

    The class runs June 15, 17, 22 & 24 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

    The RSVP deadline is June 1. 

    If you are brand new to the LightHouse and interested in this course, contact Jeff Carlson, Social Worker at JCarlson@lighthouse-sf.org . For those who have participated in classes at the LightHouse and are interested in registering for this course, contact Katt Jones at KJones@lighthouse-sf.org.

  • Hands-On Workshop: Developing Tactile Learning Strategies

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    Hands-On Workshop: Developing Tactile Learning Strategies


    Jun 18

    This is a 4-week series of classes focusing on foundational skills for tactile development. Classes meet once a week, and each class is 2.0 hours. The concepts and skills learned in the course can be applied to most Independent Living Skills. This course is appropriate for students who are new to the Lighthouse, new to vision loss, and who are ready to actively participate in all 4 classes.

    Course Goal: To provide students with strong foundational skills to increase their awareness of the tactile sense in all aspects of daily activities. We want this to become a natural way of interacting with and exploring the environment.

    Dates: Fridays, from 10:00 to 12:00 (including a short break)

    4 Classes: June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25.

    Instructors: Dawn Leeflang (dleeflang@lighthouse-sf.org), Bobbi Pompey (bpompey@lighthouse-sf.org), and Patti Rose (prose@lighthouse-sf.org) or parose77@gmail.com

    Class Topics:

    • • What is the Tactile Sense? Being mindful and describing what you are feeling.
      • Learning to identify objects and places by touch.
      • Exploring adaptive tools related to touch.
      • Tactile skills for learning, measuring, interpreting raised lines, for activities of daily living.
      • Class project will involve using one’s tactile sense to plant herb seeds and to monitor progress. (Seeds, dirt, and pot will be included with the materials).
      • Class activity in the kitchen, will involve using one’s tactile sense to make bread or oat/nut butter balls. (Students will use their own materials for this activity).
      Instructional Methods:
      • Will use the Zoom Video Conferencing Platform; will require reliable phone or internet service. Students can participate with video on, or by phone.
      • Hands-on learning will be emphasized, through guided activities and assignments between classes.
      • Students will be highly encouraged to perform all stationary activities under occlusion.
      • We will allow class time for sharing ideas, and there may be a guest speaker.
      • Some class materials will be sent to students ahead of time, and students will be asked to gather some materials from their own homes.
      • Class notes will be provided in electronic format, large print, or Braille on request.

    This course is free for adults 55 and older, who are not receiving services with the California Department of Rehabilitation, and who are living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. However, there is a $10 materials fee for the 55 and older participants.

    Important: please RSVP by Thursday May 27 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Friday June 4.

    If you are new to the LightHouse, please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or dbacon@lighthouse-sf.org. to register. If you have participated in LightHouse classes before, please register with Patti Rose and prose@lighthouse-sf.org

    For adults who are clients of the Department of Rehabilitation, you need to get approval from your counselor, and authorizations for the class and for materials; authorizations can be sent to 1referral@lighthouse-sf.org Deadline is May 27.
    Space is limited to 10 participants. If the limit is reached, you will be put on a wait-list for a future session, TBD.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • • To have a greater understanding and appreciation of the benefit of using the tactile sense in one’s daily life.
      • To identify and develop tactile strategies for identifying objects and places.
      • To identify adaptive tools that require use of their tactile sense.
      • To have hands-on practice using their tactile sense in a variety of daily living activities.
      • To develop the language of describing tactile elements of objects and places.

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!