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There’s an App for That: Select the Right Tech, App Edition is June 25

There’s an App for That: Select the Right Tech, App Edition is June 25

Whether you love accessible technology or have a love/hate relationship with it, knowing your options is power. For years LightHouse has hosted Select the Right Tech, a gathering where blind and low vision consumers from all over the Bay Area can get hands-on with the best in accessible technology and talk directly to representatives from different companies in an exhibit hall hosted at LightHouse headquarters. During the pandemic we’ve found innovative ways to connect tech and consumers remotely.

This year’s virtual Select the Right Tech, App Edition will feature developers of mainstream and blindness-specific mobile apps. Don’t miss this chance to ask your questions to the makers of the apps you love and to learn about apps you haven’t tried yet.

Select the Right Tech, App Edition takes place on Friday, June 25 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Here is the schedule:

1:00 pm Welcome to LightHouse
Presented by Erin Lauridsen, Director of Access Technology

1:10 pm Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.
Presented by Will Butler, VP Community

1:45 pm Microsoft Soundscape
Microsoft Soundscape uses 3D spatial audio to promote a person’s mobility and independence by enhancing their awareness of their surroundings by calling out landmarks and points of interest from where they actually are.
Presented by Melanie Kneisel, Software Development Engineer

2:15 pm Spotify
Spotify is a digital music, podcast, and video service that gives you access to millions of songs and other content from creators all over the world.
Presented by Philip Strain, User Research and Accessibility Lead

2:45 pm Voice Dream Scanner
Voice Dream apps are designed for accessibility, and Voice Dream Scanner is a fast and accurate OCR scanner for everyday use.
Presented by Winston Chen, Founder and Developer

3:15 pm Aira
Aira is an app that utilizes your smart phone’s camera to connect with professionally trained agents who provide visual information to accomplish tasks, navigate and enhance your experiences.
Presented by Jenine Stanley, Director, Customer Communications

3:45 pm GoodMaps Explore
GoodMaps Explore helps people who are visually impaired navigate safely and efficiently.
Presented by Mike May, Chief Evangelist

This event is free and open to all, those who RSVP in advance will be eligible to win door prizes.

RSVP to Select the Right Tech: App Edition!

LightHouse thanks Oracle for their generous sponsorship of this event. So, put it in your chosen calendar … app!

First in Our Returning EHC Give Back Concert Series

First in Our Returning EHC Give Back Concert Series

Photo Caption: Derek and Shane Dittmar

Last year we brought you the Enchanted Hills Camp (EHC) “Give Back” summer concert series. Throughout the summer months when camp was silent, people from all over took part as best they could and listened online to an incredible array of performers who shared their talents to help support Enchanted Hills Camp. Well, it seems we may have started a new tradition, as the “Give Back” concerts are back, and camp director Tony Fletcher couldn’t be more thrilled.

“We are very pleased to once again offer a summer series of virtual concerts by musicians whose lives have been positively impacted by the programs at Enchanted Hills Camp. Our musicians will be raising funds to help us improve Enchanted Hills camp’s water storage.

“For three generations the camp’s parched recreation field lacked the summertime water to irrigate it and support a lush lawn. The rec field is the largest level sports area in our entire camp. Now we have a plan to develop a well water system which will keep the field green all year round. The pumps, storage tanks, well and other infrastructure costs approximately $25,000. We hope our community can raise that amount by September. Please join us for interviews and great music all summer long.”

The concerts will run every two weeks from June 18 to August 13. Up first on June 18 are brothers Derek and Shane Dittmar who are both blind playing original and cover songs: Derek on guitar and Shane on piano. Derek shared with us why he loves performing to support EHC, to which he feels a deep connection.

“I started as a camper at EHC around 2006. Every summer I couldn’t wait to fly out from Raleigh and spend a week in the mountains with my friends. I learned how to play sports, make music, maintain life-long friendships, and feel confident. EHC felt like home, and I was privileged to work as the Enrichment Area Leader in 2012 and 2013. The camp, its staff, and its energy will always be a part of me.

“EHC is special for a thousand reasons, but chief among them is that it presents the typical summer camp experience to people who don’t normally get that chance. Risk is something not often given to people with disabilities, so to have a place where I could be myself, completely and confidently, meant the world. I could experiment and explore and, when things were unexpected, find a way to redirect and fix them myself.  Staff was always there to help if I wanted, and to make sure that everyone was safe, but it was a chance to live my life on my terms and to learn who I was, both because of and in spite of my blindness.”

Derek started playing the bass guitar when he was eleven, “less because I had a pull towards bass and more because my incredibly talented brother was starting a band and that was the instrument, he didn’t have covered,” he laughs.

Now Derek is a civil defense attorney in Raleigh but playing and listening to music are ways in which he keeps himself grounded.

He’s keeping exactly what he’ll be treating us to on June 18 close to his chest.
“I perform original folk rock/Americana music. I currently plan on doing a few original songs written over the past two or three years, though I may throw a cover in, depending. My influences include Jason Isbell, Jackson Brown, Dawes, and Glen Hansard.”

Derek, we can’t wait!

The first EHC Give Back Concert with Derek and Shane Dittmar is on Friday, June 18 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Pacific.

Where: Enchanted Hills Camp Facebook Page. No Facebook account is required and no tickets either. However, your contributions to the green rec field water system will go a long way to improve our rebuilding of camp so people like Derek and Shane continue to test boundaries and take risks there for years to come.

There’s no need to wait for the concert to give back to EHC. Donate via text by texting the amount you wish to give to 415-707-7864.

Support EHC with this Great Shirt. All funds raised will go directly to LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Donate to EHC

Adaptations Featured Products for the Month of June

Adaptations Featured Products for the Month of June

With every month brings exciting new products and discounts to Adaptations. This June we are all about giving our shoppers the best deals out there.

To honor LightHouse Day on June 10, Adaptations is offering 10% all LightHouse hoodies, t-shirts, and tote bags for the entire month of June! Rep your favorite blindness organization and save money doing it when you enter the promo code LH10 at checkout. LightHouse Day is just around the corner, show up for our virtual celebration in true LightHouse style.

10% isn’t our only discount we’re giving out this month. How’s 50% sound? 2021 has made it to the halfway mark and so has the price on our Braille calendars. Pencil in—or rather stylus in—all your important dates and appointments for the next six months on our 50% off calendars. It’s never too late in the year to get organized.

In case you just can’t get enough of our deals, check out the Adaptations Discount Corner. We regularly add new products to our collection of low-priced treasures essential for any blind or low vision shopper. Looking for a backup cane? Maybe a new magnifier? If you are looking for a deal on a talking watch or wireless headphone, the Adaptations Discount Corner has got you covered.

Visit Adaptations.org today and start filling up that virtual shopping cart with all our discounted goodies! If you need assistance navigating our online store, you can always download the Be My Eyes App and chat directly with our knowledgeable and friendly shopping assistants. Adaptations is all about making accessibility easy and affordable. For any additional help or inquiries, contact us by calling 1-888-400-8933 or email adaptations@lighthouse-sf.org. Happy shopping and even happier saving, everyone!

Lighthouse Day to feature Mayor Breed and New Blindness Book Author, June 10

Lighthouse Day to feature Mayor Breed and New Blindness Book Author, June 10

Each year we gather friends to celebrate Lighthouse Day, honoring our 119 years of service and looking forward into the future.

For the second year we will use Zoom to keep social distance as we gather, electronically, celebrating how LightHouse has grown and diversified and reassert our belief in our community and pride in our work.

To help us do this we have invited blind author Dr. M. Leona Godin who will discuss her just-released book, There Plant Eyes: a Personal and Cultural History of Blindness.

We invite you to a conversation between Dr. Godin and LightHouse CEO Bryan Bashin to discuss the main themes in the book and learn of the author spending much of her life in San Francisco and beginning her journey into blindness there. This conversation will be a key part of the LightHouse Day celebration.

What: Lighthouse Day

When: Thursday, June 10 from noon to 1:00 pm Pacific

Where: via Zoom or phone

RSVP: To events@lighthouse-sf.org or call Andrea Vecchione at 415-694-7311. The first 10 folks to RSVP will receive a box of Quail Point chocolates, which are delicious, we can vouch for that!

From the book jacket:

From Homer to Helen Keller, from Dune to Stevie Wonder, from the invention of braille to the science of echolocation, M. Leona Godin explores the fascinating history of blindness, interweaving it with her own story of gradually losing her sight.

There Plant Eyes probes the ways in which blindness has shaped our ocular centric culture, challenging deeply ingrained ideas about what it means to be “blind.” For millennia, blind-ness has been used to signify such things as thoughtlessness (“blind faith”), irrationality (“blind rage”), and unconsciousness (“blind evolution”). But at the same time, blind people have been othered as the recipients of special powers as compensation for lost sight (from the poetic gifts of John Milton to the heightened senses of the comic book hero Daredevil).

Godin—who began losing her vision at age ten—illuminates the often-surprising history of both the condition of blindness and the myths and ideas that have grown up around it over the course of generations. She combines an analysis of blindness in art and culture (from King Lear to Star Wars) with a study of the science of blindness and key developments in accessibility (the white cane, embossed printing, digital technology) to paint a vivid personal and cultural history.

Adaptations LightHouse Day Discount

Don’t forget to visit Adaptations.org for all your LightHouse gear! To celebrate 119 years of service to the blind and low vision community,  Adaptations is giving 10% off during the entire month of June on all LightHouse hoodies, t-shirts and tote bags! Use the  discount code LH10 at checkout to receive your discount. Happy shopping!

Building the Perfect Access Technology Partnership

Building the Perfect Access Technology Partnership

By Erin Lauridsen, Director of Access Technology

I’m Erin Lauridsen, I’m blind and proud of it, which means that I am profoundly personally invested in my work in digital accessibility. In the course of my career so far, I’ve worked with many companies at all points along their accessibility journeys. In the course of this work, I’ve at times encountered openness and innovation, but at other times, I have encountered friction born of a lack of cultural competence around disability. On this tenth Global Accessibility Awareness Day, I want to share with you the keys to bringing disability cultural competence to your accessibility work, as I see them. Whether you work in compliance, user experience, marketing, engineering, or leadership, these are reflections from my lived experience of disability, and the ways it influences and is impacted by my work in corporate accessibility and how we work together.

I introduced myself to you as blind. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard hesitation in the voice of someone approaching a conversation with me about blindness or accessibility, because they are afraid of using the wrong word, or afraid naming my disability will be seen as negative. People with disabilities use many different terms to describe our identities, or in some cases, we may not consider disability to be central to our identity at all. In the vision world, you may hear ‘blind’, which can represent anything from total blindness to a decrease in visual acuity significant enough to impact reading or driving. You may hear ‘visual impairment’, a clinical term for the same range. You may also hear ‘low vision’, a term to represent the less than perfect but still usable range of visual functioning, and you may hear ‘vision loss’, a term common among older adults, or those who have acquired blindness later in life. Those are just the first four terms that come to mind, I have heard many others over the years, and this is just one of many disabilities you might discuss. Which term a person uses is influenced by their preferences, lived experience and cultural identity. For myself, blindness is a lifelong part of me, so vision loss doesn’t ring true. Visual impairment conjures memories of childhood appointments with professionals who wanted to cramp my carefree kid style with clinical evaluations, and I don’t have enough usable vision for low vision to fit well. I’m happy to call myself blind: it’s concise and makes me think of the affinity I feel when I hear another cane tapping down Bay area streets, or having a late night chat with other blind cooks about knife sharpening techniques. So, if you are entering or starting a conversation about disability, how on earth do you choose which term to use? Here’s my advice: when you are working with an individual, check in about preferred terms. Ask how they identify. When you are speaking or writing about specific disabilities, reach out to disability lead organizations and advocacy groups to learn about identity language. Be open to following our lead on language, even if it is language that feels new or uncomfortable to you.

I often navigate conversations grounded in someone’s fear or imaginings about what the lived experience of disability must be like. This often leads to over-engineering solutions or solving for a nonexistent or trivial problem. I have more than one story about a person coming to LightHouse with a multi-part camera and processor system for text recognition or object identification, who became defensive when learning that the blind people in the room can read text quickly with our phones, and wouldn’t be willing to carry around a bulky camera just so it could shout out “refrigerator” “toilet” “goat” as we encountered these things in our wanderings. Others have taken the time to listen deeply to how blind people read text and explore our environments, and the innovations they are working on will take current good solutions to the next level. If you are designing or coding for a disability that you do not live, check your assumptions with the community. Listen to what our friction points are, and work with us to identify good solutions.

In this work, I often must balance the need for disability awareness and education with jarring requests for personal disclosure. Once when I was explaining how being able to adjust brightness is useful to people with many different eye conditions, I used myself as an example of someone who does best with reduced glare. The researcher I was speaking with exclaimed, “Oh, is that why your eyes move that way!” I hope my next eye movement was an exasperated eye-roll, as we’d abruptly shifted from talking about how I customize technology settings to my needs, to talking about my body. If you are doing product research, or educating yourself about disability in the course of accessibility work, you can start by asking about tools and technologies rather than about medical diagnoses or the functional limitations of someone’s body. You can learn a lot more about how I use an app by asking what accessibility features I run on my phone than by asking what eye condition I have or how much I can see. Take the time to consider why you are asking a personal question, and in what setting you are posing it. While you might be curious about how I pick up after my guide dog, it really isn’t the best topic for our business lunch. However, if you want to innovate a solution to find trash cans on busy city streets, I’m all about sharing my dog walking routine in that context.

Often I hear that a company has designed or tested for accessibility by focusing on only one user with a disability. Perhaps they have a blind engineer on their team, or they may have connected with one end user of their product who has invested in giving them a great deal of feedback. While these are both wonderful things, neither is comprehensive, because disability intersects with every part of the human condition, and may create different challenges and opportunities based on those intersections. The skills and tools I use to navigate digital spaces are influenced by my economic privilege, my early access to education, and my linguistic and cultural background. Despite a preference for Braille reading, having had access to screen readers early in life has improved my ability to process complex web pages quickly using text to speech. The same task presents a significant hurdle for some of the adult learners I have worked with, especially those who are learning language or literacy skills along with digital access. You may have watched a blind coder execute complex keyboard sequences to control a screen reader, but an older adult with arthritis may be challenged by pressing multiple keys at once. Just as with any customer base, it’s important to avoid designing or remediating for one person or one persona. Have professional experts as well as end users with disabilities engaged in the design and testing of your products. Please do hire that blind engineer though, she’s spent her whole life innovating and hacking solutions for a world that often doesn’t consider her in the scope of design, and that skill set is going to make your product better.

Sometimes people reach out to me for help with an empathy lab or asking for a blindfold experience, and I do my best to help them find another way to learn. You can not try on the many intersections of a lived experience, and I can’t instill all the skills, culture, and adventures of a blind life by putting a blindfold on your face. Please avoid using empathy exercises that encourage you to try on a disability experience for a brief moment or a day. Instead, invest your time in learning from the lived experiences of people with disabilities, and learning about the tools and technologies we use. If you try a screen reader for a moment, you may find it challenging in the way that switching modalities can be challenging for anyone, but if you invest quality time in learning how screen readers work, you may discover, and then fix, a pain point with your product. Recognize that digital accessibility is not just a topic limited to your livelihood, but consider it as a way to build stronger communities and relationships throughout your life. For example, you can incorporate image descriptions in to your personal social media posts, not just your company’s website.

I hope these reflections will encourage you to take the next step on your personal or company accessibility journey. Ask yourself how you can more deeply engage with the people your accessibility work impacts, and take the next step to increase that dialogue. Whether you’re just beginning, or are part of a robust accessibility initiative, there is always more to learn. I hope I get to meet you along the way.

This Month’s 30% & Growing Welcomes Back Former LightHouse Employee and Host, Serena Olsen

This Month’s 30% & Growing Welcomes Back Former LightHouse Employee and Host, Serena Olsen

Since April of 2016, LightHouse has been hosting a monthly meet up and casual networking social hour for blind and low vision jobseekers and working professionals called 30% & Growing. The name references the percentage of blind adults who were employed in the United States when the program first started.

Back then, the program was hosted by former LightHouse employee Serena Olsen. When the pandemic hit, we took 30% & Growing from busy Bay Area restaurants and pubs to Zoom. The virtual platform opened up the invitation to blind adults all over. In December of last year, our beloved 30% & Growing hostess Serena left the LightHouse and passed the baton onto our witty, friendly, and charismatic Community Outreach Coordinator, Sheri Albers.

Sheri has been a delightful virtual hostess for the past several months and has put her own flare and fun into the 30% & Growing meetups, introducing a blind or low vision guest of honor at each monthly event. This month we welcome back our dear friend and new Bay Area blogger, Serena Olsen.

“I enjoy hosting the program very much. I recognized its value from the very first time I started attending as a guest over a year ago, and I wanted to make sure that it continued, as well as the spirit that it was founded on,” says Sheri.

Every third Thursday of the month. about ten adults who are blind or have low vision come together from all over to spend quality time sharing stories, laughter and resources.

“Each meetup seems to be unique on its own,” Sheri says. “I enjoyed and received a very positive response from the April event when I introduced yoga and meditation as a coping mechanism for the stress of working at home during the pandemic.”

Vidya, a regular attendee, reflects on her favorite 30% & Growing moments.

“I find 30% to be like a mystery box, as you never know where conversations can lead. In one session we had a young lady who was launching her own drink product and was in the process of pitching her ideas to get funding. During the next session, she shared that she had received the first round of funding to launch the product. It was so inspiring to see blind entrepreneurs with the drive, motivation, passion and energy to find opportunities in the marketplace. It was heartening to hear such stories that provide motivation for the rest of us.

“For me, 30% is an opportunity to connect with working blind community members and to get exposure to how other people manage and meet challenges with working and blindness in their everyday lives. I use the meetups for building self-motivation, positive thinking and independent living.”

As we begin reopening public spaces, LightHouse is excitedly awaiting the “ok” to resume 30% & Growing in person.

Sheri is enthusiastic for that day.

“Once we get the green light, I want to get the 30%ers back out into the world where we can have our Happy Hours done right! That is what this event was created for!”

For more information about 30% & Growing, you can visit our  online calendar. To RSVP to this month’s event on Thursday, May 20 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, email Sheri at SAlbers@lighthouse-sf.org or give her a call at 415-694-7331. Check out Serena’s blog at ItStartsWithQuiche.com.

Learn more about LightHouse’s Adult and Community Services Programs on our website.

Help Herd Immunity: Get Vaccinated at the LightHouse

Help Herd Immunity: Get Vaccinated at the LightHouse

Photo Caption: Two volunteers wearing LightHouse masks stand in the lobby of LightHouse headquarters. One holds a walkie-talkie. Photo by Sarika Dagar

Read vaccine information in Spanish 

Friday May 21, COVID-19 vaccinations continue at LightHouse headquarters.

The clinic at LightHouse will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and scheduled second Moderna vaccinations on May 21 and 28.  You can read a joint statement by Bay Area Health officers on the safety of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The clinic is open to people from all over the San Francisco Bay Area who are blind or have low vision, anyone who has a disability and their caregivers. American Sign Language interpreters will be available onsite.

Information for the clinic is below, first in English, and then in Spanish.

You will need to make an appointment for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by calling 628-652-2700.

  • The call center is open and staffed from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. Voicemail messages can be left for a callback outside of these hours. Speakers of both Spanish and English are available at this number.
  • Other language interpreters are available once you leave a voicemail requesting a callback.

Friday May 14, COVID-19 vaccinations continue at LightHouse headquarters.

The clinic at LightHouse will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and scheduled second Moderna vaccinations on May 21 and 28.  You can read a joint statement by Bay Area Health officers on the safety of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The clinic is open to people from all over the San Francisco Bay Area who are blind or have low vision, anyone who has a disability and their caregivers. American Sign Language interpreters will be available onsite.

Information for the clinic is below, first in English, and then in Spanish.

You will need to make an appointment for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by calling 628-652-2700.

  • The call center is open and staffed from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. Voicemail messages can be left for a callback outside of these hours. Speakers of both Spanish and English are available at this number.
  • Other language interpreters are available once you leave a voicemail requesting a callback.

LightHouse Headquarters Address:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – San Francisco headquarters

1155 Market Street

10th floor

San Francisco, CA 94103

Registration phone number: 628-652-2700

Getting to Your Appointment
Below are a couple of options for financial assistance to get to your vaccination appointment.

1. Free taxi rides to vaccination appointments through the Essential Trip Card program. If you are signed up for San Francisco’s low-cost taxi program for seniors (65+) and people with disabilities called the Essential Trip Card, you can get to your vaccine appointment for free with the help of Community Living Campaign (CLC). Every program participant gets one additional $60 vaccine allotment, and CLC can pay your share if you ask. Just call San Francisco Paratransit at 415-351-7000 and let them know you’d like to use your vaccine allotment, and that you’d like support from CLC. CLC will cover your $12, so you’ll get $60 on your card without paying a cent.

Not signed up for the Essential Trip Card yet? No problem. Call 311 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and tell them you want to sign up. Say you’re interested in financial help from Community Living Campaign for your vaccine appointment, and you’ll have $60 on your taxi card when you get it in the mail, with no money out of your pocket.

2. $50 Lyft Vouchers for Vaccine Access for Seniors 60+, Adults with Disabilities, and Caregivers
Community Living Campaign is giving away $50 Lyft vouchers for trips to vaccination appointments for San Francisco residents 60 and older, residents with disabilities, and caregivers. Individuals must have the Lyft app on their smartphone to use the voucher. Offer valid while voucher supplies last. (Individuals who receive services in San Francisco but live outside of the city may also be eligible.) To inquire about a voucher, contact Cathy DeLuca at 415-638-9183 or cathy@sfcommunityliving.org.

Please note: people using Rideshare apps like Lyft and Uber will need to enter 676 Stevenson Street as the destination into the app. This address is for the rear entrance of LightHouse Headquarters at 1155 Market Street.

Using Public Transit
The closest public transit is the Civic Center BART station. The exit located in front of the LightHouse building on Market Street between 7th and 8th streets has reopened. Turn left upon climbing the stairs to the street level and you will be in front of the LightHouse building. The closest bus stops are Jones and 6th and Orpheum Theater.

For further information, read the Vaccine FAQs from SF.gov.

Aquí está la misma información para hispanohablantes.

Vacunas COVID-19 

Los viernes 21 y 28 de abril y 7 de mayo, la sede de San Francisco de LightHouse se abrirá de nuevo para las personas del Bay Area que son ciegas o que tienen poca visión, aquellas personas con una discapacidad y sus cuidadores para que puedan recibir la vacuna del COVID-19.

Debe agendar una cita llamando al 628-652-2700.

  • Cuando llame a este número, deberá proporcionar información personal básica, los detalles de su proveedor de salud y recibirá una hora para la cita.
    No necesita proporcionar pruebas de su discapacidad.
    • Esta línea está disponible con agentes de atención desde las 8:30 am hasta las 5:00 pm de lunes a viernes. Puede dejar mensajes de voz para que le devolvamos la llamada fuera de estos horarios. Esta línea está disponible para personas que hablan español e inglés.
    • Los intérpretes de otros idiomas están disponibles cuando deja un mensaje de voz pidiendo que le devolvamos la llamada.

Tenga en cuenta que si no se ha registrado usando este método no podrá vacunarse en este sitio.
Fechas
21 y 28 de mayo de 2021

Dirección
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – San Francisco headquarters
1155 Market Street
10th floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Teléfono
El número para registrarse es el 628-652-2700.

Agende su cita
La sede central de LightHouse se encuentra en 1155 Market Street entre las calles 7th y 8th Streets.

A continuación, mostramos algunas formas de conseguir ayuda financiera para agendar su cita de vacunación.

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  1. Viajes en taxi gratuitos a las citas de vacunación a través del programa Essential Trip Card.
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Si usted está registrado/a para el programa de taxi a bajo costo de San Francisco para personas mayores (+65) y personas con discapacidades llamado a Essential Trip Card, puede ir a su cita de vacunación sin costo con la ayuda de la Community Living Campaign (CLC, Campaña para Vivir en Comunidad). Cada participante del programa obtiene un cupo adicional de vacuna de $60, y CLC puede pagar por su parte si lo solicita. Llame a San Francisco Paratransit al 415-351-7000 y avise que le gustaría usar su cupo de vacuna y que le gustaría recibir el apoyo de CLC. Esta cubrirá sus $12, así que obtendrá $60 en su tarjeta sin pagar un centavo.

¿Todavía no está inscripto/a para Essential Trip Card? No hay problema. Llame al 311 entre las 9:00 am y 4:00 pm, de lunes a viernes, y diga que quiere inscribirse y que está interesado/a en recibir ayuda financiera de Community Living Campaign para su cita de vacunación, y tendrá $60 en su tarjeta de taxi cuando la reciba en el correo, sin usar dinero de su bolsillo.

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  1. Vales de $50 de Lyft para acceso a vacunas para personas mayores +60, adultos con discapacidades y cuidadores
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    Community Living Campaign también está proporcionando vales de $50 de Lyft para viajes a citas de vacunación para residentes de San Francisco de 60 años de edad y mayores, residentes con discapacidades y cuidadores. Las personas deben tener la aplicación de Lyft en sus teléfonos inteligentes para usar el vale. La oferta es válida mientras dure la existencia de dichos vales.
    (Las personas que reciben servicios en San Francisco, pero viven afuera de la ciudad también, pueden ser elegibles). Para averiguar sobre los vales, comuníquese con Cathy DeLuca
    al 415-638-9183 o

por correo a cathy@sfcommunityliving.org.

Las personas que usan aplicaciones de uso compartido de viajes rideshare como Lyft y Uber necesitarán marcar a 676 Stevenson Street como el destino en la aplicación. Esta dirección es para la entrada trasera de 1155 Market Street.

Uso del transporte público

El transporte público más cercano es la estación BART del Civic Center. Las únicas salidas abiertas actualmente son las del lado de United Nations Plaza. Las paradas de bus más cercanas son las de Jones y 6th y Orpheum Theater.

¿Qué sucede cuando llega?

LightHouse tendrá voluntarios disponibles para encontrarse con las personas afuera en las entradas delanteras y traseras de 1155 Market Street. Estos voluntarios le guiarán al vestíbulo donde verificarán su información. Todos los voluntarios practicarán el distanciamiento social y usarán mascarillas.
Las superficies se desinfectarán de manera frecuente y regular (con productos con etiqueta Safer Choice hechos y vendidos por LightHouse).

El número de personas que pueden entrar en un ascensor al mismo tiempo será restringido a un número designado por el encargado del sitio.

Una vez que llegue al 10.o piso, otro grupo de voluntarios amables le mostrarán dónde debe esperar para vacunarse.

Luego de su inyección, debe esperar por 15 minutos antes de volver al vestíbulo y salir del edificio. Los voluntarios estarán disponibles para ayudarle a ubicar viajes compartidos si es necesario.
Para más información, lea las Preguntas Frecuentas sobre Vacunas de SF.gov.

 

LightHouse Eye Clinic Returns

LightHouse Eye Clinic Returns

We’re pleased to announce the reopening of the LightHouse Eye Clinic at our 1155 Market Street San Francisco headquarters. LightHouse, in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry will offer general eye exams and low vision exams. The clinical staff include Dr. Crystal Wen, a graduate from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, along with residency-trained doctors and senior optometry interns.

General eye exams are offered on Wednesdays. Low vision exams are offered on Fridays.

General Eye Exams

General eye exams are available Wednesdays beginning May 26. The clinic is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, call 510-642-5726.

Low Vision Exams

If you are a person who has low vision, you can schedule a low vision exam beginning Friday, May 28. The clinic is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. To schedule, call 510-642-5726. For questions about low vision exams, email the LightHouse’s Rehabilitation Counselor, Debbie Bacon at DBacon@LightHouse-sf.org.

The low vision exam includes an hour-and-a-half long low vision evaluation by a board-certified low vision optometrist and a follow-up visit with a LightHouse Rehabilitation Training Specialist. If you are unsure whether you are a candidate for a low vision exam, speak with your primary eye care professional or give us a call. Our staff will be happy to guide you through the process.

We will be following all COVID-19 safety guidelines for the City of San Francisco. We look forward to welcoming you to the LightHouse Eye Clinic.

Has your company made plans for Global Accessibility Awareness Day?

Has your company made plans for Global Accessibility Awareness Day?

Save yourself some stress and some money and Learn about real-world accessibility with the LightHouse – San Francisco

Did you know Thursday, May 20, 2021, is Global Accessibility Awareness Day? Would you like to learn how building accessibility into your products and services from the ground up can save you thousands and help grow your customer base? Would you like to be at the head of the Global Accessibility curve?

To mark this special day, and for a select few, we’re offering a package to jumpstart your company’s accessibility journey at a 50% discount. Yes, you read that right!

The LightHouse Access Technology team helps hundreds of blind people gain tech skills each year, and leverages the insights we gain from our community to help dozens of companies design products that are accessible for all.
Our Accessibility awareness package includes:

  • A one-hour webinar, The Screen Reader Experience: In this presentation, we will explain how blind people use screen readers to interact with apps and websites, and key considerations for making apps and websites accessible.
  • A two-hour accessibility walkthrough: our blind staff will use screen readers to interact with your website or app, while in conversation with your team. You’ll be able to see firsthand how your product works for blind customers, and ask questions about any aspects of screen reader interaction.

We’re offering this package of 2 of our most popular services at a 50% discount.

For $500, you can book this package for your company or team. Packages on the official May 20 date will fill quickly, so we are extending this offer throughout the month of May.

To learn more, and reserve your spot, please email Erin Lauridsen, Director of Access Technology, at elauridsen@lighthouse-sf.org

The LightHouse 2020 LightHouse Annual Report is Here

The LightHouse 2020 LightHouse Annual Report is Here

2020 was a highly unusual year for everyone around the world. Despite such unprecedented circumstances, we are proud to present the 2020 Annual Report, documenting how LightHouse supported the blind community through a global pandemic in new and innovative ways.

In 2020 we were proud to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Enchanted Hills Camp, and announced ambitious plans to reimagine the entire camp as a global center for blindness, with construction planned over the next few years.

In other news, big things happened at LightHouse Industries: Sirkin Center, LightHouse’s blind labor-force manufacturing plant. We expanded the production line, including adding a hard surface cleaner effective at killing the novel coronavirus. We doubled our staff and hired a blind scientist to oversee the product blends. Our customer base of government agencies and private companies continues to grow, and so do the employment opportunities for people who are blind or have low vision. Watch the BBC’s coverage of Sirkin Center’s unprecedented growth.

Read on to learn more about LightHouse and its 2020 achievements in the annual report in PDF or Word format.