We’re pleased to announce that a unique partnership has been formed between LightHouse and inventor of the popular Bop It toy, Dan Klitsner, whose office is just a hop, skip and a jump from LightHouse San Francisco. Dan wanted to commemorate Bop It’s 25th birthday by launching a charitable-giving campaign called Bop It for Good, where for every Bop It Button purchased, one will be donated to LightHouse.
For those of you who haven’t yet experienced the joy of playing with the Bop It Button, it is the simplest Bop It toy to date. Instead of the traditional “twist it, pull it, bop it”, the player is instructed to “Bop It” or “don’t Bop It.”
“Over the past 25 years, I have heard from many people who are blind or have low vision who played Bop It with their sighted friends and family straight out of the box and I am really proud of that,” said Klitsner.
Bop It has been a go-to game within the LightHouse recreational programming for both youth and adults who are blind or have low vision since Bop It first came onto the market 25 years ago. It’s a uniquely interactive game that can be played on equal terms whether you are blind or sighted, and it is that exact synergy that has helped forge this exciting partnership. “Toys and games that can be played on equal terms by both blind and sighted people are hard to find,” said LightHouse CEO Sharon Giovinazzo, “we are just so excited to be chosen by Bop It for Good as its first beneficiary.”
It was an incredible time at yesterday’s LightHouse Day party! We are still feeling excitement and positivity from yesterday’s momentous event. Over 120 guests ventured to our headquarters in San Francisco to celebrate with us as Mayor London Breed presented LightHouse with a proclamation from the City of San Francisco, declaring June as LightHouse Month!
We are grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with Mayor Breed’s Office to procure this honor for our organization. The partnership has been a special and encouraging experience, and we look forward to LightHouse, and in turn the blind, Deafblind, and low vision community, having a larger and more significant presence and recognition across the San Francisco Bay Area. Celebrating the accomplishments of our organization with the City helps us to create the blind-positive environment and standard we strive for.
So, celebrate we did! We were joined by staff, students, and supporters and friends, old and new, to enjoy an afternoon of fun, games, and food! Each department, from our Little Learners to LightHouse Industries, was there to show off the incredible services, products, and support LightHouse provides. The Adaptations Store staff assisted interested shoppers as they explored the wonderful gadgets and devices up close and in person in the store. Even our friend and local celebrity, the inventor of Bop It, Dan Klitsner came to set up his famous Bop It Button Braille Board! He shared with our attendees how the game’s inclusive nature and accessibility has changed the way he envisions games and toys should be created and played, and how it inspired his partnership with LightHouse and the Bop It For Good charity.
Our guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres displayed beautifully on tables and trays throughout the party, including the spectacular stuffed mushrooms that were being prepared and baked live by blind chemist, food enthusiast, and friend of LightHouse, Hoby Wedler, in our accessible training kitchen.
One of the most exciting highlights of the afternoon was the incredible sensory escape room! Adventurous partygoers stepped into a world of sensory experiences and problem solving with our Orientation & Mobility instructors as they found each clue and figured their way out of the room.
LightHouse Day was a wonderful way to kick off summer, LightHouse Month, and celebrate with our community. Thank you Mayor Breed, the City of San Francisco, and all our students, staff and supporters for coming out and showing up at yesterday’s event. A great time was had by all!
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Bop It! Twist It! Pull It and Pass it! For 25 years, this simple and sassy game has brought joy, connection, and entertainment to so many families with its simple audible prompts. For sighted, low vision and blind people of all ages, Bop It has been an unexpected and not-so-quiet game that is more than fun – It is a gateway to making friends and memories with a game that does not require sight or accommodations to play. Last year, Bop It turned twenty-five and the inventor, Dan Klitsner, reached out to the LightHouse with some special opportunities and lots of the new Bop It Buttons!
We want to share the Bop It wealth! The LightHouse Youth Programs Team is starting an initiative to update our student and teacher contact records, with the additional hope of connecting with new blind and low vision youth who may not be aware of the cool things we do. We’re giving away FREE Bop It Buttons to all blind and low vision students in the K-12 system and TVI or O&M teachers who help us update our records. TVI / O&M instructors complete the Teacher Form, and each of the students who they work with complete the Student Form (be sure students include the name of their TVI / O&M instructor!)
At the end of the initiative (or once all the Bop Its have been claimed!) the Youth Programs Team will mail a package of Bop It Buttons to the TVI and O&M instructors who worked with their students to sign up. There’ll be Bop It for each student, as well as a few extras for the teachers to distribute as they please.
For parents, teachers, students, or others who may want more information about our programs, visit the LightHouse Youth Programs webpage. We also have digital, large print and braille copies of our program flyers that can be mailed upon request.
For questions or additional information, please contact our Youth Program Team by email at Youth@lighthouse-sf.org or by phone at 415-694-7372.
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