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Navigating Campus with the SunuBand from Adaptations

As many of us are heading back to school or back to work after the summer break, there’s no better time to sharpen your independent traveling skills. Whether you are exploring a new campus or commuting to a familiar space, the SunuBand is a super helpful device for any blind, Deafblind, or low vision traveler.
 
The SunuBand is worn like a watch and contains a small sensor that detects objects within a set distance. Set it to Indoor Mode to detect objects like furniture and doorways at a close distance, and Outdoor Mode extends the detection range to several meters. Simply turn your wrist to aim the sensor. When the unit is quiet, the path is clear—if it begins to vibrate, the user knows they are approaching an obstacle in their way. 
 
Waiting in line at the campus bookstore? The SunuBand can help you keep your spot in line while still remaining a respectful distance from the person in front of you. The tiny sensor will vibrate to indicate when you are too close, and as the vibration subsides, you’ll be alerted that the line is moving forward.  
 
Navigating busy streets, sidewalks, and crosswalks has never been easier. The SunuBand will alert you to both moving and still objects in your pathway. It’s a favorite of Orientation & Mobily (O&M) professionals around the world, and it can add a layer of dimension to a blind person’s travel that helps avoid those objects at face-level that our canes miss. The device also pairs seamlessly with a smart phone app, making setting and controlling alerts from the device even easier. Whether you are a cane-user or have a guide dog, the SunuBand is the perfect companion device.
 
Pick up your SunuBand from Adaptations by ordering online for the unbelievably low price of just $179. You can also call 888-400-8933 or email adaptations@lighthouse-sf.org to have it shipped to you, or to make an appointment to buy it in person. Order yours today before they sell out!

Adaptations is Celebrating May With a Special Deal All Month Long!

Adaptations is Celebrating May With a Special Deal All Month Long!

This month Adaptations shoppers can take home their own Orbit Writer for just $75! Originally priced at $99, this small, Perkins-style Braille keyboard from Orbit Research has been upgraded to the most recent firmware and will connect to your smart phone, tablet, or computer effortlessly via Bluetooth.

The Orbit Writer is compact (roughly the size of an iPhone screen) with a USB port for charging on the left. It is comprised of six Perkins-style keys across the top, a spacebar below, and keys for dots seven and eight on left and right of the spacebar. There is a circular array of arrow keys—up, down, left, and right—in between dots one and four, with a circular enter key in the center. The keys are quiet and scissor-style so Brailling on the keyboard is quiet and discrete. And best of all, you can pair it with up to five separate devices at the same time, switching between them with only a few key presses. If you are a Braille user or beginning to learn Braille, this keyboard is an invaluable complement to your touch screen devices.

One of my favorite things to do is to use the keyboard to dial a phone number, simply by entering the Braille digits into the Orbit Writer. The size of the Orbit means I can carry the writer anywhere. It fits into any purse or pocket, and also comes with an optional lanyard for carrying around your neck if you find you’d prefer to have your hands free. To turn the keyboard on, simply press the up and down arrows simultaneously, and indicate with a second key press which device you would like it to connect to. 

You can purchase your Orbit Writer and many other blindness products at Adaptations.org, email us at adaptations@lighthouse-sf.org or call us at 1-888-400-8933. Additionally, you can find LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired under specialized help in the Be My Eyes mobile app. Want to come check out the Orbit Writer and other products out in person? Visit Adaptations at LightHouse headquarters on the 10th floor of 1155 Market San Francisco by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays by contacting us. 

 

Get your Adaptations holiday shopping done before the Winter Break

Get your Adaptations holiday shopping done before the Winter Break

Happy holidays from everyone’s favorite blindness accessibility store, Adaptations! With the end-of-the-year holidays just weeks away, you’ll want to head on over to Adaptations.org to make those last-minute holiday purchases. Dazzle your loved ones with tactile and Braille holiday cards, designed and produced in-house by LightHouse’s MAD Lab and sold exclusively at our store. Scroll through our Braille calendars and planners for the new year and be sure to check out the Adaptations Discount Corner for special deals on a variety of blindness products. But you’ll want to hurry, as the days are counting down to the LightHouse organization-wide Winter Break.

While we invite all our shoppers to order during the LightHouse Winter Break. Our last day to ship physical items in 2021 will be Wednesday, December 22. Orders received by Monday, December 20 will ship on Wednesday, December 22. Any Items ordered between December 21 and January 2 will ship after LightHouse returns on January 3. Feel free to shop within the break period to secure your must-have items, just note that there will be a slight hold on shipping until our return in January. We thank you for your business and wish every one of our customers a very special, happy, and healthy holiday season!

Go Paperless with the Versa Slate Braille Writer from Adaptations

Go Paperless with the Versa Slate Braille Writer from Adaptations

Have you ever wished you had a handy, portable on-the-go way to jot down a quick Braille note? Or maybe keep a current “to do” or “grocery” Braille list conveniently on your refrigerator or at your desk? Don’t we all. So, our Adaptations crew decided it’s time we now carry the new paperless Versa Slate.

This sleek paperless Braille slate is designed to hold 4 lines containing up to 20 cells each. The stylus attaches magnetically to the body of the slate and the entire package can be placed inside a magnetic carrying case. The slate will stay affixed to any metal surface and the dots can be erased by a sequence of buttons on the underside of the slate. The Versa Slate also makes a great practice tool for anyone who is just learning Braille. Awesome, right? There you have it folks, the perfect on-the-go Braille note taker and fridge-friendly reminder list!

Shop the Versa Slate with Case, along with our many other Braille writing tools, online at Adaptations.org. If you need assistance shopping, have questions for our knowledgeable staff, or are seeking advice on which product will best suit your specific preferences and needs, you can email Adaptations at adaptations@lighthouse-sf.org, give us a call at 888-400-8933, or chat with us via the Be My Eyes mobile app. Let Adaptations help you shop gifts for that special blind or low vision someone in your life (or yourself!) this holiday season.

Adaptations Has New One-of-a-Kind Products

Adaptations Has New One-of-a-Kind Products

It’s a new month, and our online store Adaptations has exciting new products to shop for. One of the greatest benefits of shopping with Adaptations is our collection of one-of-a-kind items designed and produced in-house by our Media and Accessible Design Laboratory (MAD Lab) team that are sold exclusively online at Adaptations.org. And what’s even better, these new MAD Lab products have arrived just in time for the gift-giving season.

One of our featured products this month is a Braille booklet containing a calendar filled with holidays, religious observances and culturally significant dates as well as a comprehensive list of blindness-specific events and days to remember. It also contains key LightHouse contact information, no need to go online to find a number to call us. This compact 5×8-inch booklet is packed with great information and is the first of its kind. Never forget an important date or event again with MAD Lab’s excellent newly designed Braille calendar.

Another new Adaptation’s exclusive MAD Lab creation is truly the perfect holiday gift for all the blind and low vision Lord of the Rings fans out there. Check out this fun and accessible Middle Earth Tactile Maps Bundle. Emerge yourself in a world of legends, grand adventure, and of course hobbits, as you explore these fantastic maps! This is a must-have for the Lord of the Rings fanatic in your life.

You can browse our new MAD Lab products, as well as the whole MAD Lab collection by visiting Adaptations.org. If you need assistance shopping, have questions for our knowledgeable staff, or are seeking advice on which product will best suit your specific preferences and needs, email Adaptations at adaptations@lighthouse-sf.org. You can also give us a call at 1-888-400-8933, or chat with us via the Be My Eyes mobile app by finding LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired under specialized help. Happy shopping, everyone!

Take 10% off all Canes and Cane Accessories for White Cane Awareness Month

Take 10% off all Canes and Cane Accessories for White Cane Awareness Month

It’s October, and you all know what that means… White Cane Awareness Month! To celebrate this monumental month of blindness awareness, pride, advocacy and independence, LightHouse’s blindness product store Adaptations offers the annual 10% off White Cane Sale for the entire month of October. Need a new cane? Perhaps you’re looking for a backup cane for those “just in case” moments? Fill your virtual shopping cart with the finest white canes and cane accessories from your favorite mobility brands like Revolution and Ambutech. The more you shop, the more you’ll save this month with Adaptations. No coupon code is necessary; the 10% discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

Browse our white cane collections by visiting Adaptations.org. If you need assistance shopping, have questions for our knowledgeable staff, or are seeking advice on which product will best suit your specific preferences and needs, email Adaptations at adaptations@lighthouse-sf.org. You can also give us a call at 1-888-400-8933, or chat with us via the Be My Eyes mobile app by finding LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired under specialized help. Let Adaptations enhance your White Cane Awareness Month celebrations with discounts all month long. Happy shopping and safe travels, everyone!

And psst! Don’t forget to join us virtually on White Cane Day, October 15. You can register for our free event on Eventbrite. What does the future have in store for white canes and accessibility in zero-gravity? Join us Friday, October 15 at 11:00 am Pacific to find out.

Adaptations Featured Products for the Month of June

Adaptations Featured Products for the Month of June

With every month brings exciting new products and discounts to Adaptations. This June we are all about giving our shoppers the best deals out there.

To honor LightHouse Day on June 10, Adaptations is offering 10% all LightHouse hoodies, t-shirts, and tote bags for the entire month of June! Rep your favorite blindness organization and save money doing it when you enter the promo code LH10 at checkout. LightHouse Day is just around the corner, show up for our virtual celebration in true LightHouse style.

10% isn’t our only discount we’re giving out this month. How’s 50% sound? 2021 has made it to the halfway mark and so has the price on our Braille calendars. Pencil in—or rather stylus in—all your important dates and appointments for the next six months on our 50% off calendars. It’s never too late in the year to get organized.

In case you just can’t get enough of our deals, check out the Adaptations Discount Corner. We regularly add new products to our collection of low-priced treasures essential for any blind or low vision shopper. Looking for a backup cane? Maybe a new magnifier? If you are looking for a deal on a talking watch or wireless headphone, the Adaptations Discount Corner has got you covered.

Visit Adaptations.org today and start filling up that virtual shopping cart with all our discounted goodies! If you need assistance navigating our online store, you can always download the Be My Eyes App and chat directly with our knowledgeable and friendly shopping assistants. Adaptations is all about making accessibility easy and affordable. For any additional help or inquiries, contact us by calling 1-888-400-8933 or email adaptations@lighthouse-sf.org. Happy shopping and even happier saving, everyone!

A New Place to Drop in to on Our Adaptations Website

A New Place to Drop in to on Our Adaptations Website

The countdown to 2021 is here and as you take advantage of those post-holiday sales, why not check out Discount Corner, a new section on our Adaptations Store website?

Discount corner items are available while supplies last, so get in quick to check them out.

Looking for a colorful cane? Why not get an Ambutech folding cane with a green, blue or orange handle? These aluminum canes are sturdy and come with a marshmallow tip.

Need magnification? We’ve got both illuminated and nonilluminated magnifying glasses. Or, for a more high-tech magnification solution, why not purchase an Explorē electronic magnifier with different color modes, the ability to take an image of what you’re magnifying and then zoom in on the image and ports to connect to a large monitor.

Speaking of high tech, why not grab some Aftershokz headphones which use bone conduction, so your ears are free to hear people and traffic approaching? These are perfect when you’re out for a walk and want to listen to directions from a GPS or wayfinding app, all while keeping a social distance from passers-by.

We will always be adding products to Discount Corner, so keep checking back. If you’ve got questions, our store staff will be around to answer them through December 23 before returning on January 4. Contact them at 1-888-400-8933, adaptations@lighthouse-sf.org or through LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired under specialized help in the Be My Eyes app.

White Cane Day October 15: A Day of Celebration at LightHouse

White Cane Day October 15: A Day of Celebration at LightHouse

LightHouse has a lot to celebrate this Thursday, October 15 which is White Cane Day. This is a day to recognize the presence, equality and achievements of people who are blind or have low vision. In 1964, a joint resolution by the United States Congress was signed into law. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first White Cane Day proclamation a few hours later.

October 15 also happens to be the birth date of James Holman. Holman is the namesake of LightHouse’s Holman Prize for Blind Ambition, an award given annually to three blind people with ambitious ideas. James Holman was a 19thcentury British explorer who was known as “The Blind Traveler.” Holman was the most prolific private traveler of anyone, blind or sighted, before the era of modern transportation. To learn more about his incredible story, you can read “A Sense of the World” by author Jason Roberts.

Throughout October, we’re offering 10% off white canes and accessories at our Adaptations Store.  You can order white canes and cane accessories on the Adaptations Website, call 1-888-400-8933 or contact the team at Adaptations using the Be My Eyes app on your smart phone.

Finally, end your celebration of White Cane Day with LightHouse’s 30% & Growing Virtual Meetup, a relaxed setting to talk all things blind employment on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This month’s guest is Domonique Lawless, who teaches cane travel at the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired and hosts a podcast on the world of blind employment. Contact Serena Olsen at SOlsen@lighthouse-sf.org and let her know you’ll be there.

Adaptations Store to feature products at ACB, NFB conventions

Adaptations Store to feature products at ACB, NFB conventions

Don’t miss detailed offerings from Adaptations and the LightHouse at the annual conference of the American Council of the Blind taking place July 3 through July 10. This convention will be held virtually, streaming via the Internet on ACB Radio with the Adaptations team discussing Adaptations products and services throughout the convention radio broadcast.

Then July 14 through July 18, Adaptations will exhibit at the virtual conference of the National Federation of the BlindDetails on the NFB Convention can be found here. We can’t wait to see you there.

Ready to choose from more than 600 blindness products? Visit our Adaptations Store online. Have questions about any products? Call us at 1-888-400-8933  Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific or email adaptations@lighthouse-sf.org.