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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 .

New job opportunity! ORACLE seeks JAWS expert.

Accessibility Testing Contractor Job Posting

Job Title: Accessibility Testing Contractor

Location: Pleasanton, CA

Company Name: Oracle

Organization Name: Applications User Experience

Duration: Approximately 6 months part-time, start date to be determined

Contact: Send your resume to Amy Chen (

Brief Description: The Accessibility Testing Contractor will be responsible for testing tasks and flows within applications using a screen reader and documenting issues.

Detailed Description: As a contractor for the Applications User Experience team at Oracle, the Accessibility Testing Contractor will perform testing on various applications using a screen reader. The testing process will include testing key flows and tasks on various applications. Testing will occur alongside a usability engineer or other product representative. Find and document issues. May assist in providing input in design considerations. Oracle applications are highly interactive, enterprise-class applications. The Accessibility Testing Contractor must have a strong understanding of all JAWS HTML commands, as well as applicable accessibility features of their browser and operating system. A good grasp of the various modes and cursors of JAWS is essential.

Job Requirements:
• Expert user of JAWS screen reader. Experience with JAWS 8 and 10 preferred.
• Expert knowledge of JAWS commands, such as: Tabbed Browsing, Links, Headings, Forms, Tables, Frames, and Elements.
• Knowledge of advanced JAWS features is a plus.
• Familiarity with Section 508, W3C WCAG 1.0 and 2.0.
• Experience using enterprise applications is a plus.  Experience with functional areas, such as Financials, Human Resources, CRM, Supply Chain, or Projects is a plus.

Job Opening: Summer Search Program Associate

Summer Search is a dynamic national non-profit organization that finds resilient low-income high school students and inspires them to become responsible and altruistic leaders by providing year-round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network.

Summer Search started in 1990 in San Francisco and currently operates in seven sites serving 700 students and 1,400 alumni nationally. By 2010, Summer Search will double in size to serve 1,400 high school students and 3,000 alumni. For more information about Summer Search visit our website at

POSITION SUMMARY: The Program Associate works closely with students in an intensive mentoring capacity, assumes responsibility for significant program elements, and manages a variety of general administrative duties.

Essential Functions:
• Talking with and mentoring students on a weekly basis to build supportive, caring, and authentic relationships.
• Outreach to teachers, counselors, and other referral partners.
• Liaise with summer partners and place students with experiential education programs.
• Assist with data collection and documentation for an evaluation and outcomes measurement.
• Assist with event coordination.
• Assist with general administrative duties including answering phones, processing mail, routing information, and filing.

Summer Search is committed to creating an environment that is supportive of learning, growth and staff development. Our intense investment in staff includes:

• Competitive salary commensurate with experience
• Medical, dental, and vision plans
• 401 (K) Plan and employer matching program after 1 year of employment
• Paid holidays and vacation
• Commuter benefits

Additional Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree
• At least two years of work experience after college strongly preferred
• Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
• Excellent organizational and project management skills
• Self-starter who is comfortable in a close-knit team-oriented setting
• Flexibility and eagerness to learn and work on different tasks as needed
• Strong command of Microsoft Office applications and familiarity with database operations
• Bi-lingual English-Spanish a plus

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter that answers the question, “Why are you applying to Summer Search?” To help you answer this question, please speak to the following: your track record of performance, your desire to learn, and your ability to overcome challenges. Whenever possible, your cover letter should focus on details that are not in your resume, so that we have a more complete picture of who you are. Please reference this website on your cover letter.

Send your application to:

Sarah Ham, Human Resources Manager
Fax: (415) 398-3310

LightHouse’s Adaptations Store is now selling Louis Braille coins!

 Stop in and buy yours now. We’re at 214 Van Ness between Grove and Hayes. 415-694-7301.



About the Louis Braille Commemorative 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 here

Job Accomodations Network Newsletter for July 2009

The latest JAN E-News is now available at:

E-News topics include:
1. ADA Update
2. Campaign for Disability Employment to Launch in August
3. Educators Get Ready for Back-to-School
4. Job Accommodations: From Home Style to Gourmet
5. Hidden Disabilities in the Workplace
6. In the Meantime: The Benefits of Making Temporary Accommodations
7. JAN Releases New Resources
8. E-vents
9. JAN Exhibit and Training Schedule
10. Contact JAN

Contact JAN
JAN Website:
Call JAN: (800) 526-7234 (Voice) (877) 781-9403 (TTY), (304) 293-5407 (Fax)

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from JAN Updates:

To subscribe, e-mail us at  When subscribing, be sure to include the e-mail address at which you want to receive the newsletter.

Many New Job Openings at the Internal Revenue Service

The Internal Revenue Service is currently undertaking its largest hiring initiative in recent memory.   This year the IRS is hiring hundreds of revenue agents, revenue officers, tax compliance officers, customer service representatives, and others.  Hiring has already begun and will continue over the next several weeks and months.  Interested applicants should check the website for current postings.

Working for one of the world’s largest and most diverse financial organizations has its advantages.  Employees receive one of the most comprehensive benefits packages offered anywhere, including these great benefits:

Locations across the U.S.
Health and Life insurance
Portable Retirement Savings Account
Immediate accrual of annual and sick leave
Paid holidays
A challenging career where you will benefit from superior classroom and on-the-job training from day one
Work-life balance

We have plenty of job opportunities available for individuals with backgrounds in business, economics, law enforcement, information technology and, of course, accounting.  Here are some of the opportunities available:

Internal Revenue Agents work with taxpayers, attorneys and CPAs to determine the tax liability of small businesses and the tax-exempt status of organizations.  (Job Series 0512)

Internal Revenue Officers perform investigations, collect delinquent taxes, secure tax returns and work directly with taxpayers and businesses. Revenue officers are proactive decision makers in charge of protecting the interests of the Federal Government and the taxpaying public.  (Job Series 1169)

Criminal Investigation Special Agents are universally recognized as premier financial investigators who combine accounting knowledge with law enforcement skills to investigate such financial crimes as tax evasion and money laundering.  (Job Series 1811)

Tax Examiners give taxpayers the answers they need.  They review returns for accuracy, respond to inquiries on a wide range of tax issues and provide electronic services for the growing number of taxpayers who now file their tax returns electronically. (Job Series 0592) 

Contact Representatives work as the public face of the IRS, taking direct actions to resolve taxpayers’ issues.  (Job Series 0962)

Information Technology (IT) Specialists work on long-term modernization programs while maintaining the IRS’s current operating system’s effectiveness.  The IRS has one of largest, most diverse IT organizations in the world.  (Job Series 2210)

Economists are IRS’s financial experts.  Economists use analyses and research to directly advise agents and attorneys in other departments of the agency on various economic issues and tax cases.  (Job Series 0110)

Tax Law Specialists provide expert advice on a wide range of corporate tax and international tax law issues.  Specialists provide expert technical tax advice and education through outreach activities for tax exempt organizations.  And, Tax Law Specialists interpret the tax code and regulations to produce annual tax forms and publications.  (Job Series 0987)

Tax Specialists assist taxpayers by conducting outreach programs for individuals and have the opportunity to work through state and private partners who deal with specific taxpayer segments.  Outreach includes communication and training programs that promote IRS services, products and recent tax law changes.  (Job Series 0526)

This is only a sampling of the job opportunities available at the IRS.  Job vacancies specifically for the IRS are posted at

There are three simple steps to get started with USAJOBS – create an account and a resume, search for jobs online and apply online.  It’s that easy!

We also utilize special hiring authorities for interns, persons with disabilities and veterans.  We truly are an equal employment opportunity employer, and encourage all individuals to take a look at the positions we have to offer.

Detailed information on our organization, our positions and our application process can be found at

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, Benefits and Employment Workshops for Summer 2009.

Drop-In Basic Benefits/Work Incentives Workshop
Every Thursday at 9:30am
Information about Social Security, SSI, Medi-Cal, Medicare, or other benefits, as well as work incentive issues (including the PASS program), and how benefits are affected by returning to work, are covered.
· General Benefits Workshop provides information about applying for/maintaining benefits. A limited overview of work incentives is provided.
· Employment Incentives Workshop provides greater detail about work incentives/rules for people receiving SSI and/or SSDI. Information includes the impact of work on medical and cash benefits.

Workshop Schedule:

July Workshops:
7/2 How Employment Affects Your Benefits – for people on SSDI and/or SSI
7/9 Basic Benefits Overview
7/16 How Employment Affects Your Benefits – for people on SSDI and/or SSI
7/23 Basic Benefits Overview
7/30 How Employment Affects Your Benefits – for people on SSDI and/or SSI

August Workshops:
8/6 Basic Benefits Overview
8/13 How Employment Affects Your Benefits – for people on SSDI and/or SSI
8/20 Basic Benefits Overview
8/27 How Employment Affects Your Benefits – for people on SSDI and/or SSI

September Workshops:
9/3 Basic Benefits Overview
9/10 How Employment Affects Your Benefits – for people on SSDI and/or SSI

People who arrive after 10:00am will not be admitted and will need to come to another workshop