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Behind the Map: Starting over in a new city

In January, LightHouse started offering TMAP — on-demand tactile street maps — for order at our Adaptations Store (1-888-400-8933). We have been hearing some amazing stories about how our maps are being used, so we wanted to share them with our mapping community.

One month ago, Lia Jacobsen sat on a plane, nervous. She was moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan after living in Washington D.C. for 10 years. The prospect of learning a new city after all that time was, admittedly, a bit daunting.

On the tray table in front of her lay two TMAPs: one detailing the area around her new home in Ann Arbor, and another of the streets around the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she was beginning a masters degree. Leah traced her hands along the raised lines of the map, determined to memorize the criss-crossing, partial grid system of her new town. She reviewed the braille street names using each map key, learning the quarter-mile radius map first, then working her way out to the more dense and complex 1.5-miles radius map.

The flight attendant paused at Lia’s row, and politely asked: “Excuse me, ma’am, would you like me to turn your light on?” The question struck Lia as a bit absurd. Why would a person need light to read a raised-line tactile map? She tried to be polite but some snark crept into her voice as she expressed her confusion. It wasn’t until this moment that she discovered that the maps were more than just embossed paper: the streets were printed in ink, as well.

A TMAP of the University of Michigan.
Image: A TMAP of the University of Michigan.

The humor of the situation helped dispel some of her nerves, and since arriving in Ann Arbor and completing several weeks of classes, Lia pretty much knows the lay of the land.  

“My TMAPs were hugely helpful because when I landed I already felt like I knew where I was,” she says. “It automatically made me feel much more comfortable because I knew what I was passing.”

On her first day on campus she caught a group of lost undergrads off-guard when she interjected and gave them directions to their building.  

“It’s about being more equal and having the freedom not to rely on other people,” she says. “I tend to explore no matter what, but it gives me a foundation and a starting point so I don’t feel totally lost. Feeling lost makes you just want to go home.”

Lia wishes she had had access to TMAP throughout her many years working on the Obama campaign, traveling far and wide as a member of the Peace Corps, traveling alone in Colombia, or as a kid growing up in Florida.  

“I never had tactile maps growing up,” she says. “My first time having a sort of tactile map, my O&M teacher took a piece of felt and put some velcro beads on it and made a makeshift map.”

She expects to use TMAPs much more as she pursues her masters in social work and hopefully heads back to D.C. to become a victim advocate for the FBI.

“I definitely plan on purchasing more TMAPs whenever I move next time and have been spreading the word about how much I love the TMAPs to all of my friends who are blind,” she says. “The task of learning a new community after being in the same place for a decade was daunting, and the maps I purchased were enormously helpful in my feeling oriented from day one.”

Get your TMAP today

To order a map, call our product specialists at 1-888-400-8933 and specify the street address of the map you’re interested in receiving. Within two business days we’ll ship you your map, or make it available for pick up at the Adaptations Store (1155 Market St., 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA).

What’s in the package?

  • You will receive 3 map versions printed at simple, moderate and dense map scale ratios
  • A tactile map key
  • An introductory page
  • All materials are printed on 11” X 11.5” sheets of embossed paper and include ink / large print labels in addition to braille

Learn more about the MAD Lab where these maps are produced.

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Focus on your health this fall: participate in the National Fitness Challenge

The San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired is proud to be one of three California partners with the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and the Anthem Foundation for the National Fitness Challenge in 2018.

The goal of the National Fitness Challenge is to raise the physical activity levels of each participant to the level recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This includes 10,000 steps and 30 active minutes per day.

The campaign provides participants with Fitbits to track their steps and fitness activity between October and May.

In addition to helping participants find creative ways to increase their daily steps by matching them with fitness partners and offering discounted gym memberships, the LightHouse supports participants throughout the course of the campaign with a wide variety of fitness and wellness programming and services.

Join us in the coming months for a variety of activities, from hiking to yoga and beyond! To foster overall wellbeing, we also have non-fitness oriented programs in lifestyle skills like cooking and technology.

At the LightHouse, you can:

Blindness is not the barrier many think it is to achieving your fitness goals and enjoying greater well-being — and the LightHouse is here to help get into the rhythm.  It’s not too late to join the NFC if you already have a Fitbit — we welcome new participants to join throughout the campaign.

For more information on the National Fitness Challenge, For more information, contact Amber Sherrard at

Three ways to support blind people everywhere on White Cane Day

The worldwide event is October 15. Here’s what you can do to get involved.

Have a Story to Tell? Hashtag #MyWhiteCane

Do you remember the first time you held a white cane? How much do you really know about the white cane’s history and purpose? Did you know that the white cane is not a crude implement, a compromise or a scarllett letter – but a highly effective tool of empowerment?

Also known as White Cane Safety Day and declared Blind Americans Equality Day by President Barack Obama in 2011, October 15 is the day when, around the world, blind people and their allies take time out to celebrate blind achievement and one of the best pieces of technology that we know: this is what #WhiteCaneDay is all about. First recognized by the U.S. Congress in 1964, White Cane Day is part of a greater international push now known as Meet The Blind Month, White Cane Day is, for blind people or those with low vision, a time to shine.

Five things you might not know about the white cane:

  1. From toddlers to NBA players, canes come in all sizes, some as long as 6 feet tall.
  2. Some people tap their canes for the audio feedback, while others keep continuous contact with the ground. It’s a personal choice.
  3. Canes can have dozens of different tips: plastic, metal, round, flat, soft, hard and rolling – all serve different purposes and are appropriate in different environments.
  4. Some canes fold up, some telescope in, and some are rigid and do not shrink down at all – it’s also a personal choice.
  5. It is actually illegal for people who aren’t blind or visually impaired to walk in public with a white cane – so we never have to worry about impersonators!

If you are a cane user or an ally, please share this article in the lead up to October 15 to educate the world about how important the cane is to our confidence and indepdence.

Celebrate with LightHouse’s Safe Streets Ambassadors

The LightHouse Training Team, Safe Streets Ambassadors and community continue our quest to educate drivers and the general public into 2019 regarding the respect of blind and low vision travelers using their white cane.

“My Cane is My Right of Way” is our message, and the message is on our t-shirts. If you are able to join us for the hour, you will receive our “My cane is My Right of Way” for RVSPing and attending.  The morning of the 15th will begin at 10:00 am on the 10th floor with coffee and bagels (you will receive your t-shirt the day of the event) and head out to Market Street (in front of the LightHouse) where our education hits the streets.

When: October 15, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where: in front of 1155 Market Street (meet at LightHouse HQ)

Who: Cane users and anyone who wants to help (we’ll be flyering!)

RSVP: Email Briana Kusuma at

Happy #WhiteCaneDay! And as a promotion, we are offering 15% off on canes and cane accessories for the whole month of October at Adaptations.

Better and Stronger: EHC on the 1st Anniversary of the Napa Wildfires

One year later, Enchanted Hills Camp is hosting programs for more blind campers than ever before.

“Hey!” Ellie exclaims with all the gusto of a self-proclaimed theater kid. “We can do stuff when we’re blind,” she reminds us bluntly, punctuating it with a knowing chuckle.

2018 was Ellie’s third year at camp, and her first teen session, and you can tell it’s been going well. Obsessed with improv, acting and performing – camp is not only a place where she can have fun and perform, but also a place where she can get over the normal grind of feeling like the “weird kid” in school. Talking to her on the fountain lawn this summer, you might never know that this summer camp almost didn’t happen.

One year ago today, the staff of Enchanted Hills Camp grabbed whatever they could hold in their arms and narrowly escaped as wildfire advanced across Mt. Veeder and overtook our 311 forested acres in Napa. If you had asked anyone that night if we would see teens tromping through camp this summer, their answer would have been bleak.

As our evacuated staff waited for news, the hard truths of one of California’s greatest natural disasters emerged. Our staff house had incinerated. The Redwood Grove Theater stage melted into a gnarl of smoldering debris. Worst of all, our rustic but historic lower camp cabins, the summer homes of up to 120 blind and visually impaired children and families for almost seven decades, were destroyed. There was talk of burned wildlife and downed power lines; there was no talk of summer camp.

Winter began and cleanup efforts started in earnest — the devoted staff of Enchanted Hills refused to accept defeat. Slowly, and with great determination, the crew returned one by one to a smokey, smoldering camp and began to rebuild. More than 600 burned trees were felled and carted away, clean water and power was returned, and as spring approached and rains continued to wash the acreage clean, the smell of smoke began to fade.

Today, the parts of camp that still stand are more beautiful and welcoming than ever. We hosted our first rental group since the fires – Justin Siena High School – and will soon reopen bookings for rentals to the general public. Flower gardens, carefully tended by staff and volunteers, have sprung up around the property. A new tile mosaic encircles the fountain on the lawn. Fresh paint, new windows and comfortable new beds promise a better night’s sleep in the lakeside cabins. This weekend, one hundred volunteers joined us for a day of painting, cleaning and clearing debris to ensure that whoever visits camp will find it better and stronger than ever.

Two bungalows sit illuminated next to each other in the evening woods.
Two bungalows sit illuminated next to each other in the evening woods.

The true gratitude comes from campers like Ellie who can explain why having a camp for people who are blind or have low vision is so important. “We build a lot of trust here,” she says, tearing up a bit. “It really does empower you.”

“I’ve definitely matured and realized that I can do anything – that my vision shouldn’t limit what I do. From a young age my parents have told me that, but I’ve never really believed them 100%. People here, we’re all different. We’re all just human beings and we all just want to feel love and feel appreciated for who we are, rather than what we look like or if we use a cane.”


When asked about the 2018 summer at Enchanted Hills, Camp Director Tony Fletcher sums it up in two words: “Extremely successful.” A 29-year veteran of LightHouse, Tony led the EHC team through good spirits, optimism and his signature no-panic attitude towards an inspired comeback that not only resulted in a full schedule of 2018 summer camp sessions – but the highest-attended teen session in our history – with as many as 70 blind and low vision teenagers basking in the glories of summer this July.

“We had outstanding staff and volunteer support,” says Tony, attributing camp’s rapid comeback to a dedicated community effort. “The campers celebrated the rebirth of their beloved camp. It was just a really positive experience all around, for all of us. The reward was the happiness of our campers. Pure and simple.”


Tony is careful to remind us: “We’re not done.”

In total, the heroic efforts of our staff and volunteers have preserved about half of camp’s original capacity to house groups. Now, we need to build back our destroyed facilities and return camp’s capacity to 120 people for peak sessions and community events, as well as the trails, bridges and infrastructure which makes their visits enjoyable.

Over the next year, Enchanted Hills Camp has some high priorities: We need to rebuild the storage barn, construct the shade structure and pool house area, add more outdoor showers, and most importantly, select our architect and present a master plan for the total redesign of our lower camp area. This is a process that will involve architects, the LightHouse board of directors, and of course, you. Community feedback will be an integral part of helping to shape the future of Enchanted Hills Camp.

Whether they’ve been coming to camp for three years or 63 years, there are hundreds of people like Ellie who will return, year after year, thanks to your generosity and support.


Warm regards,

Bryan Bashin

CEO, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

p.s. Rebuilding Enchanted Hills camp will be an expensive undertaking, as current law mandates that the rebuilt cabins and gathering rooms be far more strongly built and fire-resistant than their predecessors. The LightHouse is grateful to the many camp lovers who have already shown their generosity; if you’re thinking about where your own giving can make a difference for the next century, camp is something you can depend upon.

Aspiring DJs, producers and engineers: Jumpstart your career at the new LightHouse Audio Academy Workshops

LightHouse’s new immersive program launches in fall 2018 to educate blind and low vision students for careers in music, radio, recording and more.

October 15 preview: Meet other aspiring blind DJ’s and get a performance from working DJ Ryan Dour at a free Audio Academy DJ Demo Night!

This fall LightHouse is pleased to announce our new Audio Academy, an ongoing series of immersive courses to teach employable skills in the field of audio engineering and production. For our first course, we are partnering with the Illinois-based, blind-run I See Music, the only school in the nation that offers a comprehensive audio education curriculum for blind and low vision learners.

“Intro to DJing” will be a 3-day intensive workshop, which will host a small group of students in our dorm-style residences over two nights for an immersive, high-value learning experience. The course will introduce students to the software Deejay Pro and teach students the basics of a fully accessible and non-visual DJ method. See full course details below.

The workshop will also include a comprehensive discussion of the vocational opportunities in the DJ field from Byron Harden, founder and CEO of I See Music. Come spend the weekend with your fellow audio heads, and learn the skills needed for competitive employment in the music and entertainment industry.

What is Audio Academy?

Back in the days of analog, being a blind radio disc jockey, record producer or even a house engineer was not out of the question. But with the turn of the century and the turn to digital, the industry traded knobs, buttons and sliders for inaccessible graphic user interfaces on screens. For several years, the accessibility of the audio industry screeched to a halt.

Today, the landscape is greatly improved: industry leaders like Apple, AVID, Algoriddim and Native Instruments have made commitments to accessibility, and blind individuals can finally operate the tools of the trade to become studio owners, radio producers and musicians in a competitive working environment.

LightHouse Audio Academy will continue over the course of the year with talks, informal gatherings and more immersive weekends (each weekend will focus on a different topic, software or hardware application).

Please note: all who are interested in the workshop must fill out our brief application form.

LHAA 101: Intro to DJing Workshop

When: Friday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. – Sunday Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. (3 days, 2 nights)

Where: LightHouse for the Blind offices and residences – 1155 Market Street., San Francisco, CA 94103

Who: For all blind and low vision students

Fee: $800, (includes 2-night overnight stay, breakfast and lunch for 3 days)

Prerequisites: Ability to navigate with VoiceOver on Mac OS

Equipment: Apple workstations will be provided to students for the weekend if necessary, but bringing your own computer (Mac OS or iPad only) and Deejay Pro-compatible DJ controller is recommended.

Apply: To apply for a spot in the first workshop you must fill out our brief Audio Academy application form, located here.

If you’re still unsure, join us on October 15 at 7 p.m. to get a sneak peak of what it’s like to blind DJ at our free preview event.

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Behind the Map: Why a GPS pioneer still uses paper

In January, LightHouse started offering TMAP — on-demand tactile street maps — for order at our Adaptations Store (1-888-400-8933). We have been hearing some amazing stories about how our maps are being used, so we wanted to share them with our mapping community.

Mike May knows a bit about maps. He founded the company that launched the first accessible GPS, Sendero Group, and since 1999, Mike has introduced the world to a variety of talking map softwares, transforming and shaping the way blind people travel.

But despite his love for technology, if you step into Mike’s home or office, you’ll find the tables adorned with what may seem to be a vestige of the past: paper maps.

“The GPS is great in terms of volume, and numbers of points of interest and streets and all of that, but if you want to have a picturea tactile, geographic way of understanding streetsthen there’s nothing better than a tactile representation,” Mike says.

Mike’s a firm believer that hard-copy maps still meet a crucial need for non-visual learners that is currently not being met elsewhere.

The current iteration of TMAP differs from when he first encountered the beta version years ago in form and in scope, but he said that its application serves a critical, universal need: to orient by communicating a physical, material sense of space.

“The value of tactile maps is something that’s been around forever,” he says. “The ability to deliver those maps to people nationwide in a cost-effective manner is really the key.”

Mike has been blind since age 3, and has been involved with the LightHouse since age 7, when he went to camp at Enchanted Hills. In the 1980s, he was on the LightHouse board, and today lives in Wichita, Kansas where he serves as executive director of the Workforce Innovation Center at Envision.

When Mike moved to Wichita from the Bay Area earlier this year, he turned to the LightHouse’s made-to-order TMAPs.

“I needed to learn at least two things: one is my work location, and my home location,” he says. “I called up and I ordered maps for both spots, got a nice clean package, and now I have those available at my house. And I have the work ones available not only for me…we have lots of blind people, just like the LightHouse, that can take advantage of it here, so those maps sit in our reception area for anybody to browse.”

Mike said that he thinks the future of TMAP could include tech integration with the current physical form. As it exists now, he said that TMAP is both a unique and critical tool. “I think it’s a very undiscovered capability, and I applaud the LightHouse for making it available,” he says.

Get your TMAP today

To order a map, call our product specialists at 1-888-400-8933 and specify the street address of the map you’re interested in receiving. Within two business days we’ll ship you your map, or make it available for pick up at the Adaptations Store (1155 Market St., 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA).

What’s in the package?

  • You will receive 3 map versions printed at simple, moderate and dense map scale ratios
  • A tactile map key
  • An introductory page
  • All materials are printed on 11” X 11.5” sheets of embossed paper and include ink / large print labels in addition to braille

Learn more about the MAD Lab where these maps are produced.

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Blind Talent: Resources for Actors, Artists and Performers

When it comes to representations of blindness in TV, film and other forms of entertainment, there’s no match for the real thing. It’s LightHouse’s mission to support people who are blind or have low vision in their passions, and we work to connect talented individuals with opportunities in the entertainment, advertising and media industries.

Our database of blind talent covers a wide range of demographic and skill levels, and we regularly consult with producers and casting agents to refer for roles. Please note: we do not advertise unpaid work or cast student documentaries via this database.

For Actors, Artists and Performers

Sign up below to add your name to our database. When you enter your information, you agree to the following:

  • You identify as blind, low vision or visually impaired (please note: wearing glasses for vision correction does not qualify an individual as visually impaired)
  • >You will be e-mailed occasionally with casting calls, trade or professional news, educational materials and individual inquiries.
  • All sign-ups will be thoroughly reviewed.
  • Sign-ups that are incomplete, inactive or deemed inauthentic will be cleaned from the database.
  • Your name may be given directly to casting agents, producers or other professionals seeking talent.

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Story Consulting

It is of highest importance that portrayals of blindness are high-quality, accurate, and do not spread myths about disability. LightHouse offers consulting services to producers, directors and writers to ensure that writing, production and performance is up to this standard.

To inquire about our story consulting services, contact

Unpaid Interviews and Performances

Our mission is to foster the independence, self-reliance and equality of people who are blind or visually impaired, and therefore we do not use our database to recruit for unpaid or uncredited work. If you are in search of a blindness expert opinions, are writing a news story or another journalistic work, please contact

From rock climbing to yoga, LightHouse has a wellness program for everyone

“I try to do things that people think blind people can’t do,” Amber Sherrard said on a recent afternoon at LightHouse, “That’s my main goal.” Amber had just spent the weekend with 11 blind students doing just that –– climbing, flying and suspended in mid-air.

Amber offers a variety of fitness programs and excursions to the community at LightHouse, and has no interest in advancing stereotypes about blind people by keeping options limited to new and emerging sports such as Goalball which, despite their value, are often thought of as the only sports that are accessible.

Amber Sherrard, LightHouse’s Health and Wellness Program Coordinator, views liberated movement as foundational to overall wellbeing and believes these skills are crucial for moving through the world with aplomb.

Amber facilitates activities from pole dancing to hiking to chair fitness classes for people with limited mobility. Amber’s chair fitness class includes a mix of yogic movements, stretching, strength and balance exercises, and posture improvement training.

“Sometimes blind people don’t do certain things because there are no other blind people there,” she said. “Our community provides a safe space for people to try different things, and learn, so they feel more comfortable doing things independently.”

Besides classes, Amber also organizes and facilitates a themed wellness retreat every three months. The most recent retreat featured indoor skydiving, acro yoga and rock climbing at Mission Cliffs in San Francisco.

“These programs do change that perspective for people like volunteers or community members; I think it helps them to demolish misconceptions about blind people,” she said.

Amber said her favorite programs take place outside of LightHouse, where the activities take on a symbolic and practical significance for people outside of the immediate group. She views educating the public about the capability of blind people as one of the most gratifying parts of her job.

September also saw the kickoff of LightHouse’s new hiking group, which had 35 participants of all different backgrounds and mobility levels taking on a 5-mile journey around Angel Island on a beautiful Sunday morning. In October, the group will meet again on October 7th for a hike around the Lakeside Nature Trail at the Lafayette Reservoir. 

A group of 35 hikers of all ages, from children to adults, stand on a dock in front of a sign that says "Angel Island."
A group of 35 hikers of all ages, from children to adults, stand on a dock in front of a sign that says “Angel Island.”

“It definitely changes the perception of blindness itself, especially when we do activities outside of these four walls,” Amber said. “People get to see that blind people are out living their best life, too!”

Amber also holds educational programs and seminars on nutrition, which she said is critical, as obesity disproportionately affects people with disabilities.

The scope of Amber’s work extends beyond the classes proper; she noted that students often apply practical skills, and most often confidence, to their lives beyond exercise. She said that students often remark to her that they feel better equipped to handle obstacles at home and in the workplace.

“It definitely provides a sense of empowerment,” she said of the classes.

Looking forward, Amber said that she hopes to continue to serve students by offering a changing variety of activities, including kickboxing and hip hop dance.

Here are some upcoming classes at LightHouse:

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m.: Meditation

Every Wednesday at 11 a.m.: Chair Fitness

Every Wednesday at 5 p.m.: Yoga for Every Body

September 29th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Yoga Workshop: Keeping the Balance: backbends and Balance Poses 101

October 24h, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)

October 27th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Yoga Workshop: Flow in the Dark: A celebration for Meet the Blind Month

Behind the Map: A midwesterner meets Market Street

In January, LightHouse started offering TMAP — on-demand tactile street maps — for order at our Adaptations Store (1-888-400-8933). We have been hearing some amazing stories about how our maps are being used, so we wanted to share them with our mapping community. Order yours today by calling 1-888-400-8933.

When Sheri Wells-Jensen was a child, she got one book per week. That was how it worked, for a blind kid – a braille reader – who relied on braille lending libraries. Each week, Sheri would bound out of her front door, crashing through her front yard and into the mailman’s truck, to get her hands on one new book. Now a linguistics professor at Bowling Green State University, access to language and information has become a passion of Sheri’s, as well as other cool things like aliens and ukuleles.

A portrait shot of Sheri Wells-Jensen.She also loves exploring cities. Depending on how you see it, Market Street in San Francisco can feel like a boulevard of first-world efficiency or a medieval circus. At times, it feels like both at once. This wild, eclectic fusion can be intimidating for some, but this crazy hubbub is what Sheri loves most about visiting the city by the bay. On a recent trip, we had the pleasure of printing out her first-ever TMAP.

It was right before she was taking off to catch the bus back to her hotel. The bus stop was a few blocks away and Sheri, her own most cheerful but fierce advocate, exclaimed when we told her we had a tool to help her learn the neighborhood in just a few minutes – and that it was something she could bring with her, should she get lost or just want to explore.

image 1: A TMAP of the neighborhood around 1155 Market Street, marked by large print labelsimage 2: a TMAP of the neighborhood around 1155 Market Street, marked by braille labels

“Having an accurate,accessible,hard copy map to explore saves endless frustration,” Sheri says. “It changes the rules of the game: without the map, I get directions and learn a route, hoping to fill in details later on. With the map, I learn the neighborhood and then decide how I want to get to my destination.”

Holding her TMAP in front of her, pressed against her torso as she inspected the braille labels and learned the many swerving diagonals of the area, it was impossible not to feel the infectious sense of  satisfaction that comes from unlocking so much knowledge with such ease – especially for a kid who grew up on only one book at a time.

As Sheri sees it, maps and tactile aids are a crucial tool for anyone who needs access to information. And when she wants to learn an area, she thinks it’s better than talking. “I basically have two choices,” she explains. “I can sit some poor unsuspecting fellow down and grill him relentlessly about every intersection and every street name (most of which he won’t remember) – or – with a map in my hands, I can transfer the whole picture of the area straight into my head, thereby saving time and preserving my friendships.”

You can listen to Sheri talk about braille love letters and why braille is worth fighting for in a recent episode of The World in Words on PRI, entitled “Will blind people use Braille in the future?”.

Get your TMAP today

To order a map, call our product specialists at 1-888-400-8933 and specify the street address of the map you’re interested in receiving. Within two business days we’ll ship you your map, or make it available for pick up at the Adaptations Store (1155 Market St., 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA). Each TMAP package is $19.99 per address.

What’s in the package?

  • You will receive 3 map versions printed at simple, moderate and dense map scale ratios
  • A tactile map key
  • An introductory page
  • All materials are printed on 11” X 11.5” sheets of embossed paper and include ink / large print labels in addition to braille

Click here to learn more more about TMAP.

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Record notes on the go with a talking recorder from the Adaptations Store

The Adaptations Store at LightHouse serves blind and visually impaired people by offering tools, technology and other comprehensive solutions to make life accessible. Each month, we feature a product from our store to highlight the expansive offerings at Adaptations.

This month’s product is for blind people who want to record notes on the go, and want to avoid cumbersome tech gear with a single, streamlined digital recorder.

The Eltrinex V12Pro Talking Digital Recorder is designed with input from blind users. The recorder’s features are all spoken aloud using the built-in voice guidance option along with audible beeps so it can be operated by users independently.

With a one-touch recording option at startup, and 12GB of internal storage along with a micro SD slot, storage of the recorded WAV or MP3 files is limitless.

The high quality stereo mics can pick up soft sounds from an incredible distance, along with loud sounds which are handled by the recorder’s accessible limiter to prevent distortion and clipping.

The device is incredibly versatile, and is useful whether you’re attending a concert or recording a lecture in an auditorium or classroom. This talking recorder captures every note, and plays it back via headphones or the device’s internal speaker.

An FM radio and a talking clock round out the recorder’s options, offering scheduled recording and easy file editing, all done through the talking menus.

LightHouse sells this product for $225.00 plus tax at our headquarters in San Francisco (1155 Market St., 10th Floor). Although we do not take online orders at the current time, we encourage you to call our staff at 1-888-400-8933 to inquire about item pick up or mail orders or email our store staff at