LightHouse will be closed on Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday.

Events in August 2019

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1:00 pm: Scanning Showdown

Jul 30

Scanning Showdown

Have you ever wished you had an app for reading mail or simply accessing printed text on the go? Do you want to know the options available for portable scanning of documents? If so this is the workshop for you. Join us on July 30 from 1-4:00 p.m. and share in our exploration of mobile scanning apps. We will be looking at both free and low cost scanning apps designed to improve our access to the printed word. Join us and discover ways to access the information on a sign, business card or document you need to read when at rest or on the go.  An RSVP is required for this class. To register, email or call: 415.694.7343

This class is free to participants through support from the City of San Francisco’s SF Connected program.

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10:00 am: Knitting East Bay

Aug 2

Knitting East Bay
First & Second Fridays, 10 AM-noon
Ed Roberts Campus/ADA Cafe
3075 Adeline, Berkeley

Come sit and knit in the East Bay! LightHouse knitters are taking up residence in the warm and friendly ADA Cafe in the Ed Roberts Campus conveniently located above Ashby BART station. Our knitters gather to share their purls of wisdom and get in the loop on each other’s latest project, and usually end up in stitches spinning yarns. Whether you knit for pleasure, distraction, or just practical economics, or you’ve never done it before and want to give it a try, there’s always room for another loom. Learn, refine, or teach a skill that makes your gift-giving budget lighter weight, or support a student-led altruistic project like knitting chemo caps, beanies for babies, lap blankets, or other creative applications. For more info, needle Adult Program Coordinator Serena Olsen at or 415-694-7316.

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10:00 am: Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Forms with a Screen Reader

Aug 8

Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Forms with a Screen Reader

Do you use Google Docs for school, work, or yourself? Do you find yourself struggling to understand how Google's web application works?
The LightHouse team of access tech instructors are here to help unravel the mystery. Join us for an all-day workshop on Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and forms using a Windows PC and your favorite screen reader. Come explore ways you can leverage the power of Google suite for your daily productivity.
To participate, basic web navigation skills on the Windows platform are required and you must have your own laptop.
Date, Thursday, August 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: LightHouse for the Blind
1155 Market St FL10
San Francisco, CA 94103

Space is limited. To be screened for eligibility, Call or email Shen Kuan,, 415-694-7312.

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Aug 13(1 event)

9:30 am: Sensory Development for Independent Travel

Aug 13

Sensory Development for Independent Travel

On August 13, 2019, the LighHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Training Department will host a new class: Sensory Development for Independent Travel. The class facilitator, Sarah McIntyre, Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialist, will focus on auditory development and exploration of different types of canes and cane tips.

What will you learn? Sarah will introduce auditory training, including sound identification, localization, and alignment; judging distances using sound; and beginning echolocation. These skills are vital to confident and efficient travel for individuals who are blind or have low vision, especially in unfamiliar environments. Students wanting to develop confidence and efficiency while transitioning from a visually-dependent traveler to an independent traveler who can apply additional sensory skills for travel are encouraged to register.

The class will be held at the LightHouse Headquarters Fitness Room, 1155 Market Street from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. There will be a one hour break for lunchin which students should plan to bring their own lunch. To ensure effective student-to-instructor ratio, attendance is limited.

Participation Eligibility Criteria: This class is open to anyone who is considered legally blind and has had a minimum of 6 hours of O&M training (please bring your cane with you). Students with known or suspected hearing loss are eligible and may benefit substantially from the program.

The cost of the class is $165.00. DOR (Department of Rehabilitation), VA and Regional Center Counselors who are interested in referring a consumer, please send authorizations to the LightHouse at Scholarship funding may be available for students age 55+ (living in the counties of San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa or Marin) who are not with DOR, VA or the Regional Center. For those who may be eligible, there is a $20 registration fee to be paid prior to the class. This fee is only refundable with a 48-hour cancellation prior to the class start. Please contact Briana Kusuma to sign up for the class and let her know if you will be receiving an authorization from DOR, VA or Regional Center to participate, or if you are seeking eligibility for scholarship. You can reach Briana at or 415-694-7335.

If you are unable to attend this workshop, there will be another workshop on October 21, 2019.

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Aug 24(1 event)

10:00 am: Katie's Kitchen

Aug 24

Katie's Kitchen
2nd Saturdays, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. (except this month)
November: Pumpkin Bars

Channeling her experience preparing desserts for birthday parties, social gatherings, and intimate wedding receptions, Katie Phan guides you through the how-to's of blind baking on a journey through pastries, breads, cakes, pies, and all things delightful to the palate. She can keep it sweet and sinful or guide you on how to make adjustments for happier, healthier alternative treats. Note that there are two schedule options for the same class each month--attendance at both is not required. To RSVP, contact Adult Program Coordinator Serena Olsen at or 415-694-7316.

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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!

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