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LightHouse Trainee Positions Now Available

The LightHouse is looking for candidates to fill traineeship positions for the Spring 2010 semester. Our goal is to develop your professional skills and help you learn new ones in an experience that will help you reach your employment goal in the future.

A potential trainee must be blind/visually impaired, and working with the California Department of Rehabilitation with an open case with a Rehab Counselor. We are looking for people who are self-motivated, hard-working, and punctual. A variety of positions are available in many of our different departments. We hope to find the one that best fits you!

Please contact Philip Kum at the LightHouse by e-nail: pkum@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone: (415) 694-7372. Please pass this on to whoever you might think may be interested.

Thank you!!

Philip Kum

LightHouse Tech Seminars features Build Your Own Website! December 4th.

Build Your Own Website!
December 4, 2009
Panel Presentations: 1–3 p.m. PDST
214 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

Want to promote your business online? Maybe you are a job seeker who needs to really stand out on the internet. Why not create a site to post your résumé and highlight your skills? Maybe you are an artist seeking to create a snazzy online niche for your portfolio? If so, come to our quarterly tech seminar to get the lowdown on hosting, coding and designing your own website! Website owners looking to enhance accessibility are very welcome!

You can participate through one of the following:

•    Tune in to live audio stream on our website.
•    Dial in with our telephone conferencing service.
•    Attend in person and get the most out of live demos!

The LightHouse is wheelchair accessible. Accommodations are available upon request.

RSVP at 1-888-400-8933 or info@lighthouse-sf.org. Conference call and live stream instructions will be provided.

Changes to MUNI service starts December 5th, 2009

As of December 5th, 2009, there will be several changes to MUNI service. From the SFMTA site:

Letter to Customers

November 6, 2009

Dear SFMTA Customer:

Due to the global recession that has exacted a particularly heavy toll in California and our City, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) had to take a number of difficult actions to close a $129 million deficit in the current fiscal year operating budget. These actions include service changes on more than half of Muni’s bus routes and one rail line which take effect on Saturday, December 5.

While some of the changes entail discontinued routes and route segments, and reduced frequencies on lightly used services, we are pleased to report that many of the changes mean expanded hours, route extensions and more frequent and faster service for residents and visitors. We also want to underscore that these changes were meticulously planned using the wealth of data on the Muni system that was generated and analyzed over the past two years as part of the Transit Effectiveness Project—the first comprehensive assessment and evaluation of Muni service in a generation.

As we are all so acutely aware, a debilitating scenario of fare increases and services cuts is taking place across the nation as transit systems confront inescapable economic realities. Here in San Francisco we are exceedingly fortunate in being able to balance service reductions on lesser-used routes with new and expanded service levels along the busiest corridors in the City. Our ability to accomplish this during these dire economic times is the direct result of a strong and productive working relationship with the Office of Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors whose leadership continues to define our unique, Transit First City.

Details about the December 5 service changes are set forth in the attached brochure which features maps illustrating the changes as well as nearby Muni service available to transit customers. This brochure will be available to customers on Muni vehicles and at other locations throughout the City. It is currently posted at www.sfmta.com [on this page] and customers can also call 311 and 511. Moreover, we will field SFMTA Ambassadors at major transfer points, many other transit stops and on Muni vehicles later this month and into December to assist customers in adjusting to the changes. SFMTA staff are available to meet with groups to discuss the service changes and to provide advice on trip planning by calling or e-mailing Judy Tam at 415.701.4557 or judy.tam@sfmta.com.

Despite these difficult times and the specter of continuing budget challenges, we want to assure you that all 5,000 of us at the SFMTA remain fully committed to and focused on providing safe, reliable Muni service to all in San Francisco who avail themselves of this vital, green mode.

Sincerely,
Tom Nolan
Chairman
SFMTA Board of Directors

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.
Executive Director/CEO

Service Changes Overview

Your Muni System Is Changing December 5 – Know Your Options
On Saturday, December 5, 2009, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, will implement significant transit route and schedule changes affecting over half of Muni’s existing bus routes and one rail line.

The package of service changes include:

* Discontinued routes and route segments
* Extended and modified routes
* Changes to service hours and frequencies*
* Modified express zones
* Renumbered routes
* Identification of other Muni service that is near changing routes or lines

* Peak period refers to weekday morning and evening rush hour service, approximately 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. The last bus departures listed for routes are for weekdays.

For planning and assistance in other languages, please call 311.  Trip planning assistance for Muni and other transit systems in the Bay Area is available by calling 511 or going online at www.511.org.

For details by route, go to www.sfmta.com

MIUSA: Accessing the World through International Exchange

A couple of weeks ago, I attended Mobility International USA’s seminar titled “Accessing the World through International Exchange.” MIUSA is an organization that works to empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.

The keynote speaker was Christie Gilson. She shared humorous and sometimes challenging stories about being a blind Fulbright recipient and doing her doctoral research in Hong Kong. MIUSA also presented six U.S. agencies that specialize in study-abroad and overseas professional development opportunities. The message I got from the representatives of these agencies is that they are eager to work with people with disabilities, and they want to make each person’s international experience as accessible and valuable as possible.

We also heard from MIUSA alumni who had gone abroad to study, teach English or enhance their U.S. careers. They offered advice about such logistics as hiring sighted guides in foreign countries, taking your wheelchair to the Outback and even using outdoor toilets in far-off villages. Above all, they stressed that there is funding to be discovered for such adventures. You can search for grants and scholarships through the MIUSA website.
You can get all the details from this seminar by reading the online transcript.

I received a fabulous grab bag of info at the seminar. You can access these resources and more by checking out some of the following links:

1.    Tip Sheets
These include advice on traveling with a service animal, guides for blind visitors to the U.S., opportunities for community college exchanges and more!
2.    Survival Strategies for Going Abroad: A Guide for People with Disabilities.
This book has lots of firsthand advice on finding a program, fundraising and navigating abroad.
3.    A World Awaits You (AWAY) journal.
An e-newsletter that will come out during International Education Week (Nov.15-21). This issue is full of stories from people with disabilities who have received full scholarships through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Visit www.miusa.org.
Email clearinghouse@miusa.org.
Call 541-343-1284 tel/TTY.

LightHouse Quarterly Tech Seminar Presents–Website DIY!

Build Your Own Website!
December 4, 2009
Panel Presentations: 1–3 p.m. PDST
214 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

Want to promote your business online? Maybe you are a job seeker who needs to really stand out on the internet. Why not create a site to post your résumé and highlight your skills? Maybe you are an artist seeking to create a snazzy online niche for your portfolio? If so, come to our quarterly tech seminar to get the lowdown on hosting, coding and designing your own website! Website owners looking to enhance accessibility are very welcome!

You can participate through one of the following:

•    Tune in to live audio stream on our website.
•    Dial in with our telephone conferencing service.
•    Attend in person and get the most out of live demos!

The LightHouse is wheelchair accessible. Accommodations are available upon request.

RSVP at 1-888-400-8933 or info@lighthouse-sf.org. Conference call and live stream instructions will be provided.

Check out our TMAP review on BlindBargains. Send us your tactile map adventure story and get a $5 gift.

TheLightHouse/Smith Kettlewell Tactile Maps program recently got a great review on Blindbargains.com. Check it out here.

A TMAP is an 11×14 map consisting of raised lines to indicate streets. Street labels appear in Braille and a Braille key comes with each map. For more details, go to our website.

Currently, we are running a special offer! Order a TMAP and send us your feedback in the from a short blog post. Tell us how you, your students, or your colleagues used TMAP. Anecdotes and local color welcome!  We’ll post your story on our blog and send you a $5.00 gift certificate to Adaptations.

JITTERBUG J CELL PHONE LAUNCH PARTY @ the LightHouse, Monday!

JITTERBUG J CELL PHONE LAUNCH PARTY

Who: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

What: Jitterbug Launch Party

When: Monday, October 26, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Adaptations, the LightHouse Store

214 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102

The Adaptations Store wants to offer customers a 10% discount during its Jitterbug J Cell Phone Launch Party! Come into the store during the launch party and receive a 10% discount, along with extra Jitterbug goodies. A Jitterbug representative will be on hand to answer all questions and help set up new cell phone service.

What is the Jitterbug J Cell Phone?

The Jitterbug J is a simple and user-friendly cell phone that is stylishly slim and light. It has a large LCD color display, big backlit buttons, easy-to-use “yes/no” buttons to access all phone features and a dedicated speaker phone button. Jitterbug cell phone service offers 24 hour/7 days a week U.S.-based customer service.

Visit us on Monday, October 26 to purchase your

Jitterbug phone!

LightHouse SF in National Council on Disability report

The National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the President and Congress on disability issues, has released an extensive report calling for sweeping changes in health care for persons with disabilities.

According to NCD Chairperson John R. Vaughn, “NCD undertook this study in 2007 to focus the nation’s attention on the health care disparities experienced by people with disabilities, and to provide information and recommendations that can help to eliminate health care inequities for people with disabilities.“

The LightHouse is proud to be noted in several sections of this report, including a chapter on effective programs and services.

LightHouse has NEW Open Technology Lab hours

Tuesdays: 3:00pm to 5:45pm

Thursdays: 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Saturdays: 10:00am to 3:00 pm

The LightHouse technology lab offers adaptive software options such as JAWS and ZoomText, as well as access to other adaptive technology like scanners and Braille displays. Kiosk computers in the lobby area are also available when the building is open.

Our technology lab and kiosk computers are open for use by clients who have read, agreed to and signed our Technology Lab Policy Agreement. Please see a Technology Lab Supervisor during Open Technology Lab Hours to go over the Agreement if this is your first time visiting the lab.

Users must notify the reception desk before using kiosk computers. Please note that no technical assistance is available outside of Open Technology Lab Hours.

For more info contact Philip from the LightHouse.
Call 415-694-7372 or
email: pkum@lighthouse-sf.org