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LightHouse E-News for January 2010. Join our mailing list!

A LightHouse newsletter now goes out via email. Join our mailing list at and get new articles about the visually imapired community in your inbox every month!

January’s e-news features:
1.Invitation to Participate: Oral Argument in the 9th Circuit 2.Court of Appeal to Discuss Audio Description in Movie Theaters
3.Caltrans, Disabled Rights Advocates Applaud Agreement to Improve Access To Pedestrian Facilities For the Disabled
5.Friends of Charlie Fundraiser
6.Mega Self Defense Program for the Visually Impaired at the LightHouse
7.Invitation to Participate: HumanWare demonstration at the LightHouse: BrailleNote Apex
8. Tech Tidbits
9.More Audio-described Films on DVD and Blu-Ray
10.Insights Closes This Week
11. Mark a Special Occasion: Give to the LightHouse

Sidebar Items:
-Adaptations New Year’s Clearance Sale
-Paid Traineeship at the LightHouse
-Swap Shop

LightHouse Job Opening: Adaptations Store Manager

POSITION: Adaptations Manager

The Adaptations Manager manages all activities of Adaptations, the Lighthouse Store in San Francisco, including walk-in, phone, electronic and mail order sales, inventory management, new product identification, vendor relations, sales reporting, marketing strategies development, and supervision of staff and volunteer assistants.


·        Adheres to Agency policies and procedures

·        Acts as a role model within and outside the Agency

·        Performs duties as workload necessitates

·        Maintains a positive and respectful attitude

·        Communicates regularly with supervisor about Department issues

·        Demonstrates flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize work load

·        Consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform duties of position

·        Meets Department productivity standards


Education:  Bachelor’s degree in a social science field preferred.  Business and/or math skills required

Experience: Two years retail experience preferred.

Other: Must be knowledgeable in adaptive technology for the visually impaired including: screen readers, screen magnification, video magnifiers, portable note taking devices, accessible cell phones, optical character recognition, etc…

Friendly, cooperative and trustworthy; at ease with the public.  Strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to read and speak English fluently.   Computer literate and able to work with the MS suite (particularly Excel, Word, Outlook).

Experience working with individuals who are visually impaired in the areas of teaching and computer training (preferred, but not required).


¨      Implement program that insures assistance is provided to walk-in and telephone

Customers, and that mail orders are handled efficiently and courteously.

¨      Process Purchase Orders.

¨      Use and balance cash register, and provide reports to Finance as required.

¨      Provide information regarding additional resources for products to customers

¨      Provide product ideas to Management.

¨      Conduct bi-annual inventory of merchandise.

¨      Order merchandise on a regular basis as needed and approved by supervisor

¨      Maintain daily bookkeeping for sales.

¨      Supervise and train volunteers and staff assistants.

¨      Correspond with manufacturers concerning defective products for proper credit.

¨      Plan and conduct product demonstrations and special events as needed/requested

¨      Coordinate and implement outreach visits to resource fairs, support groups, as needed/requested

¨      Research and test new products.

¨      Research best/lowest prices for products.

¨      Other duties as assigned.

The Lighthouse is an equal opportunity employer, and in compliance with provisions of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

Submit resume and cover letter to

Join the LightHouse in advocating for audio description on January 13, 2010

On Wednesday, January 13, at 9:30 in San Francisco, there will be an oral argument in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal in a case about audio description in movie theaters. Come and represent the blind community at this event.

For more information please contact Lisamaria Martinez, Public Affairs coordinator for the LightHouse for the Blind at:

Phone; 415-431-1481


Or, simply go to:

Happy New Year and — Happy World Braille Day!

The LightHouse wishes everyone a Happy World Braille Day. It is celebrated globally every year on January 4.

Write to us and tell us how to you will celebrate. What is the first Braille book you read? What is the longest Braille book you’ve read? Who out there writes poetry in Braille? Send us your stories in the comments section below.

LightHouse Event: Mega Self-Defense Workshops December 19, 2009

Hello Everyone,

We are officially kicking off the Mega Self Defense Program at the LightHouse. This series of workshops was developed specifically for people with a visual impairment. How would you ensure your safety from an attacker if you are unable to get away swiftly? What laws and issues affect and protect you? Learn the physical techniques and discuss topics that pertain to you and your safety. Check out the attached flyer or the information below.

Come to the next workshop on Saturday December 19th from 3pm to 6pm



Mega Self-Defense Workshops

The LightHouse is proud to host The Mega Program: Self-Defense for the Visually Impaired. This program was developed specifically for the visually impaired. It began in London, England, and has been featured on the BBC radio program InTouch. Every workshop will cover physical techniques along with discussion of laws and self-defense theory that specifically affect the blind/visually impaired community.

The series of workshops will cover:

Threat Recognition – Mental State – Body Posturing – Tonal Indication

Substance Abuse – Threat Analysis – How serious is the threat?

Threat Response – The Law – Common Sense in self-defense

Involvements with the police – Witness Statement

Recording an Incident – How do people perceive you?

How do you want people to perceive you?

Principles of aggressive behavior – Physical self-defense techniques

Next Workshop:

When: Saturday, December 19th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: The LightHouse, 214 Van Ness Avenue

Cost: There is a suggested donation of $5

For more info contact Philip from the LightHouse.
Call 415-694-7372 or

LightHouse Saturday Yoga: Balance and Energy II

Saturday Yoga: Balance and Energy II

This month we continue with a second workshop on balance, energy, and the chakras.  Learn and practice Pranayama, the science of yoga breath control. Nancy and Gabbriella Yates guide you through exercises that improve the flow of oxygen to the body and brain. Learn to balance the Seven Chakras. Balance of these energy centers improves your emotional, psychological, and physical health.

Everyone will be able to participate in this workshop!

When: Saturday, December 12th, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: The LightHouse: 214 Van Ness Avenue between Hayes and Grove Streets. Near Civic Center BART and MUNI

A suggested donation of $5 is asked.

Sign up with Philip from the LightHouse

Call 415-694-7372 or



Job Opening at the LightHouse: Transition Employment Coordinator

Transition Employment Coordinator


The Transition Employment Coordinator is responsible for general supervision of client employment services involving Work Adjustment/On-The-Job Training funding through the California Department of Rehabilitation. Assist clients by training them in appropriate work-related skills, attitudes, and behaviors, to eliminate behaviors that have been identified as barriers to employment. Assist the client in understanding the meaning, value and demands of work. Work behaviors and attitudes, personal characteristics and functional capacities required for employment are developed and emphasized. The Purpose of this position is to act as an advocate, educator, coach and role model for blind and visually impaired program participants. This position requires collaboration with all LightHouse departments and community partners able to provide employment opportunities.

As employees, we should:
• Read, understand, and adhere to all Agency policies and procedures.
• Conduct ourselves in a professional manner on and off the job, knowing that we are representatives of LightHouse.
• Perform all job responsibilities.
• Maintain a positive and respectful attitude toward everyone.
• Communicate regularly and appropriately with our supervisors and colleagues within our own departments
• Demonstrate efficient time management and the ability to prioritize our work loads
• Consistently report to work on time and ready to begin performing our assigned duties and responsibilities.
• Work productively.

Education or equivalent: B.A. in business, human services, social services or
related field or comparable experience (see below).

Experience: Three years experience in teaching educational and/or supervision of adults in an employment setting. Experience working with the visually impaired preferred. PC user, particularly skilled in MS Office Suite applications.

Other: Bilingual (Spanish, Cantonese, Russian or ASL) preferred.

•Responsible for the oversight of Department of Rehabilitation clients receiving training including: participant recruitment, reports, timesheets, case-management, workshop designs and community networking.
• Teach and lead activities and classes as developed and assigned.
• Coordinate summer Business Enterprises Program/ Youth Employment Program (BEP-YEP).
• Coordinate Annual Transition Summit at Enchanted Hills Camp.
• Collaborate with Department of Rehabilitation on employment services.
• Development of new programs to meet the needs of participants.
• Attend agency staff meetings.
• Maintain consumer confidentiality and record documentation.
• Participate in new client orientation.
• Support and implement the policies and philosophy of the program and Agency.
• Monitor daily attendance.
• Maintain and update participant files.
• Take leadership in working collaboratively, on behalf of participants, in relationship with inter and intra-agency partnerships.
• Conduct Client Program Evaluations.
• Assist in referral and placement of interns into employment settings.
• Other duties as assigned

Equal opportunity to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or sexual orientation.

Submit resume and cover letter to

Scenes from Lighthouse Holiday Bazaar

Every year, the LightHouse hosts a Holiday Bazaar which inckudes donated second-hand items as well as arts and crafts made by the LightHouse community. Proceeds from the gift fair benefit the LightHouse Education and Recreation program. Festivities during the bazaar inckude turkey dinner, raffles, performances by LightHouse musicians and much laughter.

Check out these photos and description by Theresa Navarro, our Community Services Coordinator.

One of the most delightful moments at this year’s Holiday Bazaar was when Sook Hee and Bappin’s*  son Navin spent some time with Ed Rec participant, Mike Roth, who is 101 years old. Check out these 2 photos, they’re sure to make you smile! Descriptions are below.


Photo 1: A huge smile stretches across an elderly gentleman’s wrinkled face, as his cheek touches the smooth, pink cheek of a young baby who’s eyes are wide and lips are pursed. The elderly gentleman’s eyes are gleaming with an expression of pure joy.

Photo 2: A young baby with a smile on his face puts his hand into the mouth of an elderly gentleman with white hair. The gentleman is holding his mouth open, and his eyes are happy. Perhaps it was a smirk on little Navin’s face?

Mike’s jolly laughter when playing with Navin surely added to the wonderful spirit at the event.


*LH Deaf-Blind Coordinator and Helen Keller National Center representative.

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: or by phone: (415) 694-7372. Please pass this on to whoever you might think may be interested.

Thank you!!

Philip Kum