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LightHouse will be closed on Juneteenth (June 19).

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Feb 7
Feb 8(3 events)

9:00 am: Employment Immersion February Virtual Workshop


Feb 8

February's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from February 1 through 26, no class Presidents' Day, February 15.

The Employment Services Department offers a comprehensive Workshop Series specifically designed for Blind and Visually Impaired Job Seekers. Although the basic components of a job search are offered such as building powerful resumes, compelling cover letters and interview skills, graduates of the program state the most important skill learned is a sense of confidence and pride in their abilities. Join us through the Department of Rehabilitation and ready yourself for securing employment in the competitive job market!
 

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact the team through email: EIteam@lighthouse-sf.org.

10:00 am: Get Moving: Online O&M Class for Adults 55 and over


Feb 8

Back by popular demand, it’s our six-week online Orientation & Mobility course, Get Moving. This session is for Bay Area residents aged 55 and over.

It’s a comprehensive course with two classes per week using the Zoom platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe and independent travel.

The lessons are: Benefits of O&M Training; Overview of Sensory, Spatial & Environmental Awareness; Orientation Strategies and Skills; Tactile Graphics/TMAP; Human Guide; Protective Techniques; Long Cane Basics; Outdoor Travel; Street Crossing Sequence; Intersection Analysis; Public Transportation & Trip Planning; and Introduction to Electronic Travel Devices, GPS & Wayfinding Technologies.

Mondays & Wednesdays: January 25 & 27; February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24; March 1, 3 & 8 from 10:00 am to noon (no class Presidents’ Day, February 15)

RSVP by noon on Friday, January 15 to Chris Williams at Cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

7:00 pm: Monthly Mentor Mondays: Advocating Needs & Addressing Misperceptions


Feb 8

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–

February’s topic is 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 can interact successfully with our peers and loved ones. Our February panel will also discuss how to educate our communities about any misperceptions others may have about us as students who are blind or have low vision.

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.

Feb 9(5 events)

9:00 am: Employment Immersion February Virtual Workshop


Feb 9

February's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from February 1 through 26, no class Presidents' Day, February 15.

The Employment Services Department offers a comprehensive Workshop Series specifically designed for Blind and Visually Impaired Job Seekers. Although the basic components of a job search are offered such as building powerful resumes, compelling cover letters and interview skills, graduates of the program state the most important skill learned is a sense of confidence and pride in their abilities. Join us through the Department of Rehabilitation and ready yourself for securing employment in the competitive job market!
 

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact the team through email: EIteam@lighthouse-sf.org.

10:00 am: Get Moving: Orientation & Mobility for Independent Travel (for DOR Consumers)


Feb 9

This is a comprehensive 6-week 14-class virtual course on Zoom introducing students to foundational Orientation & Mobility concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel and for gaining or retaining employment (this course is specifically for Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Consumers. Students meet twice a week for two-hour classes andparticipate in two hours of pre-class assessment, Zoom procedures and outside class support.

To participate students must have 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 listen to podcasts. All students should expect weekly homework to be completed prior to class.

The essential O&M lessons cover: the benefits of O&M training for travel and employment; overview of sensory, spatial & environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; outdoor travel; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis; public transportation & trip planning; and introduction to electronic travel devices, GPS & wayfinding technologies.

The course runs Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 19, 21, 27 & 28 and February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 & 25 from 10:00 am to noon.

Registration deadline is January 8, 2021. To register for the course and hear about the fees and materials,  please contact Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org and contact your DOR Counselor.

2:00 pm: Tech Together


Feb 9

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.

Or leave a voicemail at 510-925-2943. Online registration is preferred.

Upcoming Topics

February 2

Tech Together: Just Google It!

If you’ve ever heard this phrase, or if you’ve ever searched online only to find yourself wading through pages of results that are not quite what you’re looking for, join us for a discussion of how to use web searches to find what you need when you need it.

RSVP online for the February 2 Tech Together event.

February 9

Tech Together: Formatting is Fabulous

Did you know that formatting your documents can not only make them easier for sighted readers to enjoy, but also make them easier for blind users to read and navigate? Join us to learn how simple formatting commands can have a big impact on the documents you create.

RSVP online for the February 9 Tech Together event.

February 16

Tech Together: Proofread Like a Pro

If you’ve ever wondered if you’re spelling a word right or wanted to check a document for stray tabs or commas, join us for this discussion of how to proofread your work while using access technology.

RSVP online for the February 16 Tech Together event.

February 23

Tech Together: App Architecture

Just as knowing how to use headings and links can make browsing the web with access technology easier, knowing some common elements to look for when you’re exploring a new app can be a helpful tool. We’ll talk about tabs, menus, pickers and more.

RSVP online for the February 23 Tech Together event.

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


Feb 9

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:

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Connections, a semi-structured time to get to know chapter members
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)

7:00 pm: Not So Bored Game Night (online)


Feb 9

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.

Feb 10(4 events)

9:00 am: Employment Immersion February Virtual Workshop


Feb 10

February's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from February 1 through 26, no class Presidents' Day, February 15.

The Employment Services Department offers a comprehensive Workshop Series specifically designed for Blind and Visually Impaired Job Seekers. Although the basic components of a job search are offered such as building powerful resumes, compelling cover letters and interview skills, graduates of the program state the most important skill learned is a sense of confidence and pride in their abilities. Join us through the Department of Rehabilitation and ready yourself for securing employment in the competitive job market!
 

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact the team through email: EIteam@lighthouse-sf.org.

9:30 am: Stress Reduction & Meditation (online)


Feb 10

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.

10:00 am: Get Moving: Online O&M Class for Adults 55 and over


Feb 10

Back by popular demand, it’s our six-week online Orientation & Mobility course, Get Moving. This session is for Bay Area residents aged 55 and over.

It’s a comprehensive course with two classes per week using the Zoom platform to introduce students to foundational O&M concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe and independent travel.

The lessons are: Benefits of O&M Training; Overview of Sensory, Spatial & Environmental Awareness; Orientation Strategies and Skills; Tactile Graphics/TMAP; Human Guide; Protective Techniques; Long Cane Basics; Outdoor Travel; Street Crossing Sequence; Intersection Analysis; Public Transportation & Trip Planning; and Introduction to Electronic Travel Devices, GPS & Wayfinding Technologies.

Mondays & Wednesdays: January 25 & 27; February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24; March 1, 3 & 8 from 10:00 am to noon (no class Presidents’ Day, February 15)

RSVP by noon on Friday, January 15 to Chris Williams at Cwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org.

10:00 am: One Step Forward: O&M Drop-In Forum for Adults 55 and Over


Feb 10

One Step Forward is a 6-week drop-in open discussion forum for students new to orientation and mobility (O&M) who have questions or fears about orientation and mobility training or are simply curious and would like to connect, learn, and converse. Each week, students will engage with each other and LightHouse Orientation & Mobility Specialists Jennifer Huey and Sarah McIntyre, developing comfort and confidence through conversation about O&M. Topics will be planned for each conversation, but this discussion group is for you, so if an O&M topic is on your mind, bring it to the group! This is an opportunity to pose your personal thoughts and questions about learning skills for independent travel.

Who should attend? This 6-week class is for LightHouse students 55 years and older who have not received O&M training, or who have received very little and are not currently participating in O&M training but are curious, “almost ready,” or maybe are ready but are waiting to begin in-person training. This group may also appeal to you if you are looking to connect with other peers who share an interest in O&M and want to discuss the benefits of training. The best thing is, you don’t need any O&M experience to participate!

What to expect each week: Group conversation will focus on a planned topic, but there will also be time to ask questions that are relevant to you. Because this is a drop-in class, you can commit to just one class, all six, or as many as you want. The decision is yours! Participate if the topic is of interest or if you just want to connect and listen. All we ask is that you are open-minded and are interested in taking one step toward independent travel. This forum will use the Zoom platform, but any student with access to a telephone is welcome to join by calling in. Our goal is to make this program low-tech, user-friendly and approachable. The first meeting will be held December 9, 2020 from 10:00-11:00, and the planned topic is “Exploring Covid-safe strategies for navigating the holidays.”

Dates for upcoming meetings and planned topics for conversation:
December 9, 2020: Covid-safe holiday strategies
January 13, 2021: Defining training goals and priorities: New year, new you!
January 27, 2020: Training opportunities: Understanding the differences and intersection between LightHouse services
February 10, 2021: O&M in and around the house: movement and tactile awareness
February 24, 2021: O&M in and around the house: sound
March 10, 2021: What’s stopping you? Exploring the white cane and potential barriers

Class Details:
When: December 9, 2020 – March 10, 2021. Six Wednesday morning meetings (Dec. 9; Jan. 13 & 27; Feb. 10 & 24; March 10).
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
How to Participate: Zoom, either via phone or the Zoom app
Cost: It’s free!

RSVP to Jennifer Huey at JHuey@lighthouse-sf.org or Sarah McIntyre at SMcIntyre@lighthouse-sf.org.

Feb 11(4 events)

9:00 am: Employment Immersion February Virtual Workshop


Feb 11

February's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from February 1 through 26, no class Presidents' Day, February 15.

The Employment Services Department offers a comprehensive Workshop Series specifically designed for Blind and Visually Impaired Job Seekers. Although the basic components of a job search are offered such as building powerful resumes, compelling cover letters and interview skills, graduates of the program state the most important skill learned is a sense of confidence and pride in their abilities. Join us through the Department of Rehabilitation and ready yourself for securing employment in the competitive job market!
 

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact the team through email: EIteam@lighthouse-sf.org.

10:00 am: Get Moving: Orientation & Mobility for Independent Travel (for DOR Consumers)


Feb 11

This is a comprehensive 6-week 14-class virtual course on Zoom introducing students to foundational Orientation & Mobility concepts, skills, and current technologies for safe, independent travel and for gaining or retaining employment (this course is specifically for Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Consumers. Students meet twice a week for two-hour classes andparticipate in two hours of pre-class assessment, Zoom procedures and outside class support.

To participate students must have 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 listen to podcasts. All students should expect weekly homework to be completed prior to class.

The essential O&M lessons cover: the benefits of O&M training for travel and employment; overview of sensory, spatial & environmental awareness; orientation strategies and skills; tactile graphics; human guide; protective techniques; long cane basics; outdoor travel; street crossing sequence; intersection analysis; public transportation & trip planning; and introduction to electronic travel devices, GPS & wayfinding technologies.

The course runs Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 19, 21, 27 & 28 and February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 & 25 from 10:00 am to noon.

Registration deadline is January 8, 2021. To register for the course and hear about the fees and materials,  please contact Robert Alminana at ralminana@lighthouse-sf.org or Jennifer Huey at jhuey@lighthouse-sf.org and contact your DOR Counselor.

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


Feb 11

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.

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


Feb 11

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.

Feb 12(2 events)

9:00 am: Employment Immersion February Virtual Workshop


Feb 12

February's workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays from February 1 through 26, no class Presidents' Day, February 15.

The Employment Services Department offers a comprehensive Workshop Series specifically designed for Blind and Visually Impaired Job Seekers. Although the basic components of a job search are offered such as building powerful resumes, compelling cover letters and interview skills, graduates of the program state the most important skill learned is a sense of confidence and pride in their abilities. Join us through the Department of Rehabilitation and ready yourself for securing employment in the competitive job market!
 

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact the team through email: EIteam@lighthouse-sf.org.

4:00 pm: Sensing the Seasons on Zoom: Winter Nature Education Retreat


Feb 12

Sensing the Seasons on Zoom: Winter Nature Education Retreat

Friday, February 12 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm &

Saturday, February 13 from 10:00 am to noon and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Please join us virtually this coming Presidents’ Day weekend for our next virtual Zoom gathering of our seasonal nature education program, “Sensing the Seasons” with our friends from Enchanted Hills Camp (EHC) and the Web of Life Field School (Wolf). The winter weekend program will have us learning more about the plants of trees of camp with hands on activities with pieces of nature from EHC. We will provide interactive activities to increase our students’ knowledge of our connectivity to the environment and our roles as stewards to the preservation of our facility. There will also certainly be time to reconnect your new and longtime EHC friends and catch up on what’s new with the rebuild process at EHC.

This program is open to students of all ages.

RSVP: Those that sign up before Friday, February 5 will receive a package in the mail with program supplies from EHC that will enhance the program experience.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for the Sensing the Seasons on Zoom, please contact Jamey Gump at youth@lighthouse-sf.org  or 415-694-7372.

Feb 13(2 events)

10:00 am: Sensing the Seasons on Zoom: Winter Nature Education Retreat


Feb 13

Sensing the Seasons on Zoom: Winter Nature Education Retreat

Friday, February 12 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm &

Saturday, February 13 from 10:00 am to noon and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Please join us virtually this coming Presidents’ Day weekend for our next virtual Zoom gathering of our seasonal nature education program, “Sensing the Seasons” with our friends from Enchanted Hills Camp (EHC) and the Web of Life Field School (Wolf). The winter weekend program will have us learning more about the plants of trees of camp with hands on activities with pieces of nature from EHC. We will provide interactive activities to increase our students’ knowledge of our connectivity to the environment and our roles as stewards to the preservation of our facility. There will also certainly be time to reconnect your new and longtime EHC friends and catch up on what’s new with the rebuild process at EHC.

This program is open to students of all ages.

RSVP: Those that sign up before Friday, February 5 will receive a package in the mail with program supplies from EHC that will enhance the program experience.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for the Sensing the Seasons on Zoom, please contact Jamey Gump at youth@lighthouse-sf.org  or 415-694-7372.

4:00 pm: Sensing the Seasons on Zoom: Winter Nature Education Retreat


Feb 13

Sensing the Seasons on Zoom: Winter Nature Education Retreat

Friday, February 12 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm &

Saturday, February 13 from 10:00 am to noon and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Please join us virtually this coming Presidents’ Day weekend for our next virtual Zoom gathering of our seasonal nature education program, “Sensing the Seasons” with our friends from Enchanted Hills Camp (EHC) and the Web of Life Field School (Wolf). The winter weekend program will have us learning more about the plants of trees of camp with hands on activities with pieces of nature from EHC. We will provide interactive activities to increase our students’ knowledge of our connectivity to the environment and our roles as stewards to the preservation of our facility. There will also certainly be time to reconnect your new and longtime EHC friends and catch up on what’s new with the rebuild process at EHC.

This program is open to students of all ages.

RSVP: Those that sign up before Friday, February 5 will receive a package in the mail with program supplies from EHC that will enhance the program experience.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for the Sensing the Seasons on Zoom, please contact Jamey Gump at youth@lighthouse-sf.org  or 415-694-7372.

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