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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

This Friday’s LightHouse tech seminar: Online Networking for Success!

Online Networking for Success!
September 25, 2009
Panel Presentations 1 – 3 p.m. PDST
Get started in our computer lab! 3 – 4 p.m. PDST
214 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

You’ve heard the buzz about making connections with Facebook and Twitter, but how do these sites work? More importantly, how can you, as a visually impaired user, WORK sites like these to build your career and stay in-the-know when it comes to the tools, opportunities, and issues that matter?

Sign on to the trend at LightHouse’s quarterly tech seminar! We will discuss professional development sites like MonsterDS, Abilicorp, LinkedIn and more. Tech savvy blogger Michael McCarty (Fred’s Head) will be one of our guest speakers. Join us!

You can participate via:
*Live audio stream on our website
*Our telephone conferencing service
*In-person to get the most out of the hands-on
presentations.

RSVP at 415 694 7322 or info@lighthouse-sf.org

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

This Friday's LightHouse tech seminar: Online Networking for Success!

Online Networking for Success!
September 25, 2009
Panel Presentations 1 – 3 p.m. PDST
Get started in our computer lab! 3 – 4 p.m. PDST
214 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

You’ve heard the buzz about making connections with Facebook and Twitter, but how do these sites work? More importantly, how can you, as a visually impaired user, WORK sites like these to build your career and stay in-the-know when it comes to the tools, opportunities, and issues that matter?

Sign on to the trend at LightHouse’s quarterly tech seminar! We will discuss professional development sites like MonsterDS, Abilicorp, LinkedIn and more. Tech savvy blogger Michael McCarty (Fred’s Head) will be one of our guest speakers. Join us!

You can participate via:
*Live audio stream on our website
*Our telephone conferencing service
*In-person to get the most out of the hands-on
presentations.

RSVP at 415 694 7322 or info@lighthouse-sf.org

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

The LightHouse Infocus Summer 2009, As I See by Anita Shafer Aaron, Executive Director

The LightHouse Infocus
Summer 2009, Volume 11, Number 2

Thank you for reading this newsletter. As a vital part of the blind and visually impaired community, the LightHouse is dependent on the gifts of our many supporters. Gifts, at any level, are always appreciated and have a positive affect on the community. For information about donating to the LightHouse, please call us at 415-431-1481 or e-mail us at giving@lighthouse-sf.org.

Inside…
Youth Internship Program
High Profile Customers Keep AIS Busy
Insights 2009: 20 Years of Creative Vision

As I See It
By Anita Shafer Aaron

Photo: Volunteer Mike Ring works with client Elisa Serafini

The economic downturn has meant for the LightHouse a 20% decrease in funds available for operations, beginning in this current fiscal year and projected to extend at least through 2010. In tough economic times, we focus on shoring up our core programs and services rather than expanding our reach to include the still vast majority of individuals who do not yet know about our programs for living with vision loss or have not yet reached out to avail themselves of them.

To ensure no cuts to services as we trimmed one-fifth of our budget, we have consolidated two satellite locations, merged two camp sessions at Enchanted Hills Camp, reduced the number of printed issues of our constituency newsletter from ten each year to four, placed a freeze on staff salaries and pension contributions and reduced every operating line item in the budget.

As a part of our strategic plan, we are committed to exploring ways to involve each and every one of you in community networks that will engage those of you experiencing vision loss and your sighted counterparts in working together to create a culture of community interdependence for all of us, one neighborhood at a time.

In sum, we’re lean and mean and still here. We need your support more than ever and look forward to working with you to develop a giving strategy that will lead the LightHouse through hard economic times. In this issue of the InFocus you will find glimpses of our youth internship program, examples of how we work with the community to develop alternatives to print publications and a sneak peak at our upcoming Insights Art Exhibition.

We’re still here because you are still here.

The Infocus Newsletter is Changing
To further save paper and counteract the effect printing has on our environment, we are consolidating our InFocus and Lantern newsletters into a single entity. We promise to offer the same coverage of news, events, people and personalities that are significant to our community. Look for this change in the next issue.

To receive these newslettters in their entirety via email, contact lantern@lighthouse-sf.org

Back-to-school sale at Adaptations

Back-to-school bonanza!

Autumn’s in the air! The weather’s cooling, leaves are falling,  and school is starting.

Here at Adaptations, we have everything you need to get ahead of  the class.  From September 1st through September 30th, all writing  guides, bold-line paper and bold writing pens are 10 percent off!

Perfect for those essay questions and Algebra tests.

But that’s not all…

Bold lines not enough? We’ve also got Braille paper. Get 10 percent off your purchase of Braille paper. With this much paper,  you could pound on that Perkins well into next semester!

Come visit us Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM.

You can also order by phone at 415-694-7301, or visit our website  at www.adaptationsonline.com

Sale runs from September 1 through September 30 and applies to all mail, online and in-store sales, while supplies last.

Sale also includes:

Writing Guides

20/20 Pens

UniBall Pens

And a very special sale on 11 X 11.5 Braille paper with free notebook!

NFBC Convention

National Federation of the Blind of California (NFBC) invites you to join a celebration of Braille. Come one, come all!

Main Attractions include: CSB Jazz Ensemble, Exhibit Hall, Bunco, Resolution, and topics to include education rehabilitation and legislation concerning blind Californians.

Date: October 22-25, 2009

Location:
Hilton Hotel
39900 Balentine Drive
Newark, CA 94560

(The hotel is accessible from Bart, Airports, Eastbay Para transit, and shuttle.)

Room Rates: $85 per night plus Tax

Convention Registration: $15

To Make Reservations: Pre-register at
http://www.nfbcal.org/nfbc/prereg09.html
or call (510) 490-8390

California delays in-home care cuts

This news was circulated by the CA Foundation of Independent Living Centers. to join theirs lists, see below.

By Susan Ferriss
SACRAMENTO BEE

Published: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The California Department of Social Services announced Wednesday that it cannot meet a Sept. 1 deadline requiring it drop or cut aid for more than 100,000 people enrolled in the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program.

The announcement – sent to counties that administer the program – was issued a few days after advocates requested that the state delay axing services.

Some of the cuts were approved by the Legislature to solve the budget crisis. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto to add more cuts.

In a letter, advocates said the state still had not clearly instructed counties how to impose the cuts and had not informed any IHSS recipients they were on the list to be dropped or have care reduced.

“Absent these essential services, many of the people subject to the cuts will be at risk of institutionalization – or worse, severe injury or death,” said the letter from California Foundationfor Independent Living Centers and other groups.

The state has estimated it would save $82.1 million between Sept. 1 and next June by dropping some recipients and cutting some services. For each month of delay, the state will lose $8 million in savings, said Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer.

Social services spokeswoman Lizelda Lopez said the department decided to delay the www.paydaychampion.com/ because of concerns “brought to the department’s attention by a number of interested parties.”

“We need more time” to come up with instructions for counties and adjust the caregiver payroll system, she said.

The IHSS program, funded by federal, state and county money, pays caregivers to help low-income elderly and disabled people whose needs range from intimate personal care to laundry, shopping and help with medications.

Teresa Favuzzi, executive director of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, said most IHSS recipients have no idea whether they are candidates for being dropped from the program.

A standard ranking system that social workers use to determine what care recipients merit will serve as the basis for those decisions.

In Marin County, Herschel Ferguson’s caregiver cleans house, does laundry and helps him with other tasks two days a week for a total of 30 hours a month. A local disability rights group told Ferguson, 65, that he’s likely to lose that help.

Ferguson can walk, but he can’t use one arm or read, and he suffers from short-and long-term memory loss.

A serious infection put him into a three-month coma six years ago, and he now gets by on disability payments and with help from the local Center for Independent Living.

Teresa Favuzzi, MSW
California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
1029 J Street, Suite 120
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 325-1690 x 313
(916) 325-1695 TDD
(916) 325-1699 FAX
(916) 832-6233 Cell

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