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Magnifier Mayhem! At the LightHouse store…

 Tired of squinting at those hard-to-read forms and files? Sick of straining at the wavy lines in your textbook? Need a solution? Look no further!

This month at Adaptations, all hand-held Magnifiers are 10 percent off! What you see is what you get with these pocket-size wonders.
Hurry in to Adaptations today! We’re open Monday through Friday 10 A.m. to 5 P.M.

Can’t visit the store? Give us a call at 415-694-7301, or check out our website:

Sale runs from August 1 through August 31st and applies to all mail, online and in-store sales, while supplies last.

214 Van Ness, San Francisco. LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

LightHouse Lantern headlines for August 2009

The Lantern – August 2009
 The Lantern is free to the community we serve: blind and visually impaired individuals and their families and friends.

Donations are always welcome. For information about donating to the LightHouse, please call us at 415-431-1481 or e-mail us at


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Photo: The new Louis Braille
Commemorative coin is now available at Adaptations, the LightHouse store! (image shows front and back views of the coin).
This year the United States Mint will offer 2009 Louis Braille Commemorative Coins. These coins will honor the inventor of the Braille System of reading and writing used by the blind and visually impaired. They are released in 2009 to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth. The new coins were authorized under H.R. 2872 Louis Braille Bicentennial Braille Literacy Commemorative Coin Act. This legislation provides for the production of up to 400,000 Silver Dollar commemorative coins during 2009. Read more at or visit
In the Lantern:
1. Adaptations to Stock BookSense
2. Magnification Sale at Adaptations
3. Join the LightHouse Bowling Team
4. Free Concert Invites Kids to Engage with Music
5. Californians with Disabilities Can Apply for No-Cost Jitterbug Phone
6. Reading RSS
7. Paratransit Fares Go Up
8. Committee Helps Report Eureka Pedestrian and Transit Concerns
9. Bartimaeus Bible Conference Scheduled for September
10. Martinez Confirmed as ODEP Assistant Secretary
11. Landmark Communications and Video Accessibility
12. Legislation Introduced Access Board Issues Guidance on APS
13. Italian Museum Lets Visitors Experience Art Through Touch
14. Many New Job Openings at the Internal Revenue Service
15. Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, Benefits and Employment Workshops for Summer 2009
16. Swap Shop
17. LightHouse Calendar
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Job Networking: Volunteer to create social media solutions and end global poverty.

Show off your social networking skills, make job contacts, and enhance your resume.

Global Citizen Year is looking for a consultant to build a Facebook application
Skill(s): Database Design & Administration, Graphic Design, Social Media and Online Marketing, Web Design
Area of Focus: Community Development, Computers and Technology, Economic Development, Education and Academia, International Relations, Peace, War, and Conflict Resolution, Politics, Poverty and Hunger, Social Enterprise and Economic Development, Women’s Issues 

About the organization:

Global Citizen Year is building a new generation to lead the fight against global poverty. By engaging Fellows in a transformative bridge year of global engagement we ensure that students develop the civic savvy and global fluencies they need to approach college, their careers and their lives with perspective, purpose and passion.

Through an intensive, nine month program that maps to a school year, Fellows develop the critical knowledge, skills and perspectives for a life of engaged global citizenship.

For more details, visit

Job Search: Department of Labor Employment Fair in August


Opportunities are Open!
Good Jobs. Safe Jobs. Secure Jobs.
Green Jobs. Your Job!
DOL invites you to meet with us at the
(2009 OCA National Convention)
Location: Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco
Dates: August 7- 8, 2009
DOL is actively recruiting individuals for the following positions:
– Accountant
– Attorney
– Computers Specialist
– Contract Specialist
– Economist
– Engineer
– Investigator
– Human Resources Specialist
– Industrial Hygienist
– Statistician
– Safety and Occupational Health Specialist
– And many more

All interested candidates should send resumes to and visit to view open vacancies. Candidates must be U.S. citizens.

Calling all LightHouse poets!

Attention all poets among LightHouse volunteers and clients–help us raise funds and win our own LightHouse Los Lonely Boys theme song!
The CTK Foundation, based in Austin Texas, has a funding program called Heart and Soul. The Heart and Soul program encourages the submission of a 4 to 8 line poem, expressing the heart of an organization’s service mission. The winning poem’s organization will receive a $10,000 grant and will have a song produced by the Los Lonely Boys to help the organization publicize its mission.

To send in a poem for consideration, please email your submission to Cherie Colmenares, Development Assistant at by August 10, 2009. Again, the poem should be 4 to 8 lines long and speak to heart of the LightHouse mission. We’ll choose the poem to submit on behalf of the LightHouse with the assistance of a small staff and/or volunteer committee.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Cherie or me. Thank you for your participation in this fun opportunity!

NIB Career Opportuntiy: Contract Management Support (CMS)

National Industries for the Blind
Contract Management Support (CMS)

National Industries for the Blind (NIB) is seeking motivated blind or severely visually impaired individuals to join its Contract Management Support (CMS) training program. The federal government is facing a critical shortage of qualified contracting personnel, and NIB has developed a training program to help meet this need while simultaneously providing high-growth career opportunities to people who are blind or severely visually impaired.

What is Contract Management Support?

Contract management support (CMS) services include the tasks required to conduct contract close-out and administration. These tasks range from research and analysis prior to awarding a contract to contract negotiation and post-award vendor follow-up. In 2008, the federal government spent over $500 billion on the purchase of various goods and services, but is facing a critical shortage of qualified contract specialists as hiring has not kept up with retirements and government demand has increased for contracted goods and services.

What is National Industries for the Blind?

NIB’s mission is to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. Jobs ranging from manufacturing to call centers, high-tech distribution and management exist through a nationwide network of associated agencies.

What is included in the CMS training?

NIB is partnering with the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide the core training courses required to establish a foundation on contract management. Individuals may also apply to NIB’s CMS internship program, which combines the DAU training with paid on-the-job training at NIB’s Alexandria, Virginia, headquarters. While you complete the CMS training, NIB will work with you and various federal agencies to identify career opportunities in contract management.
Where are these jobs located?

Federal agencies need contract management services in locations across the United States. For those available to relocate, the Washington, D.C., area is notable for its concentration of contracting opportunities.

Who is eligible to apply?

Anyone who is blind or severely visually impaired, has a college degree (or 24 business credit hours), and is proficient using adaptive technology such as screen readers or JAWS may be eligible for the CMS program.

How can I get more information?

Visit, or contact Billy Parkerat or (703) 310-0560.

Job Opening at City College: Assistant for Disabled Student

Fall 2009

Reader/Assistant for a student with a visual impairment in a Math E3 class at the Ocean Campus (4 hours a week)

Contact DSPS at (415) 452-5481
Disabled Student Programs & Services
Rosenberg Library Rm 323

The pay is $9.00/hour.


Please be responsible, organized, flexible and patient, fluent in speaking, writing and reading English and comfortable with basic math computations
Experience teaching mathematics or working with persons with disabilities a plus!

The person(s) hired for this job must have authorization to work in the United States and have a Social Security Number.

One or more individuals can apply for all or part of this assignment.

If you are a student worker in another department, you can add these hours as long as your total work hours are no more than 15 hours per week for CCSF .