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Listen to our Panel on the future of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Listen to our Panel on the future of the Americans with Disabilities Act

If you missed it, do not fear. The panel we hosted on the Future of the Americans with Disabilities Act is up on our YouTube channel.

Justice Shorter

Disaster Protection Advisor National Disability Rights Network – Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities While earning her MA in Sustainable Development: International Policy & Management, Justice authored three separate inclusion guides for the U.S. State Department and produced multiple people-centered projects via internships with The Hunger Project, World Learning and Women Enabled International. Justice also interned within the White House Office of Public Engagement & Intergovernmental Affairs where she focused on disability outreach efforts, social inclusion policies and federal agency engagement.

Chancey Fleet

Chancey is one of our own: becoming the newest member of the LightHouse board in 2019. In her day job, Chancey is an Assistive Technology Coordinator, Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, New York Public Library . One of her initiatives in this position is to work with institutions like Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute to teach people who are blind or have low vision to learn programming code. She also does a lot of work in the arena of translating spatial concepts into a tactile form.

Jim Barbour

Jim Barbour has put his computer programming skills to great use over the years, taking jobs with Qualcomm, Google and Yahoo, recently completing an overseas assignment in Ireland. Jim says that the ADA needs to be applied more to education and believes more could be done with it to nudge up the 30% unemployment of working-age people who are blind or have low vision.

We plan to host more discussions like this one, so if you have any suggestions, let us know by emailing: info@lighthouse-sf.org.

Join LightHouse to discuss the future of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Join LightHouse to discuss the future of the Americans with Disabilities Act

This week 30 years ago, legislation expanding the rights of Americans with Disabilities was enacted. To mark this historic event, we have invited a panel of eminent speakers, all blind, to share their thoughts, predictions and wish-lists for the next 30 years of the ADA. This is a chance to celebrate all the ADA has opened the door to achieving, and it’s a chance to hear peoples’ ideas on how it must change and how it should be expanded to better serve blind people and people with intersecting disabilities for the next three decades or more.

This promises to be a lively discussion, with a chance for comments and questions from the community.

Panel Speakers

Jim Barbour

Jim, who attended the University of Colorado, has built a 30-year career as a Computer Systems Engineer, including working at Google, Qualcomm, and Yahoo. He does extensive volunteer work as a community organizer and holds several board positions in the National Federation of the Blind. He is currently working to keep blind people in the San Francisco Bay Area connected during the pandemic through social calls and providing information on advocacy and community resources.

Chancey Fleet

Chancey is one of our own: becoming the newest member of the LightHouse board in 2019. In her day job, Chancey is an Assistive Technology Coordinator at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library at the New York Public Library. One of her initiatives in this position is to work with institutions like the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute to teach people who are blind or have low vision to learn programming code. She also does a lot of work in the arena of translating spatial concepts into tactile form.

Justice Shorter

Justice is a Disaster Protection Advisor at the National Disability Rights Network. While earning her Master’s in Sustainable Development: International Policy & Management, Justice authored three separate inclusion guides for the U.S. State Department and produced multiple people-centered projects via internships with The Hunger Project, World Learning and Women Enabled International. Justice also interned within the White House Office of Public Engagement & Intergovernmental Affairs where she focused on disability outreach efforts, social inclusion policies and federal agency engagement.

When:  Friday July 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. via Zoom.

To RSVP and receive the Zoom details for this one-off event, please email Andrea Vecchione at AVecchione@lighthouse-sf.org.

Stride Into Valentine’s Day with Professional Photos and a New Workshop from LightHouse

Stride Into Valentine’s Day with Professional Photos and a New Workshop from LightHouse

This February, LightHouse is feelin’ the love! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and even if your “new year, new me” mantra isn’t quite sticking, we want to give you the shine and swagger you deserve.

On Thursday, February 9, we’ll open up a pop-up portrait studio at the LightHouse for those interested in adding a fresh new photo to their personal or professional profiles. The studio will be open prior to our World of Sex workshop, which is led this month by Life Coach Jan McClain and LightHouse’s Laura Millar. This month’s theme is all about confidence, so what better time to join us for a candid chat  about dating, intimacy and social situations in general. And if you want, you can leave with some professional photos that you (and others) will love.

Love is Blind: Update Your Dating Profile Pic with a Free Photoshoot at LightHouse

Ready for your close-up? Come hang out at our pop-up portrait studio, listen to some good tunes and get a few new snaps that you’re proud to share. Wear what makes you feel comfortable and beautiful — our photographer Renae will do the rest!

When: Thursday, February 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Who: Adults who are blind or have low vision

Where: LightHouse Headquarters, 1155 Market St., 10th Floor, tell reception you’re here to have your photo taken in the fitness studio.

Cost: Free!

RSVP: Contact Renae Davidson at communications@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-431-1481 to set up an appointment.

 

World of Sex: Navigating Social Situations with Ease

Does the idea of navigating the dating world scare you? Do you shrink when you think about putting yourself “out there” at a social event or party? Do you sometimes stay home even though you wish you had gone out? Managing your social life can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Want some tools on how to do it? Or want to share what’s holding you back? Let’s talk!

Join us at our “World of Sex” workshop with Certified Life Coach and NLP Master Practitioner Jan McClain. This workshop aims to have individuals work towards confidence and security, by instilling a safe place for open conversation about issues and barriers he/she/they may be facing.

When: February 9th from 6 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Who: Adults who are blind or have low vision

Where: LightHouse Headquarters, 1155 Market St, 10th floor

Cost: Free!

RSVP: Participants must RSVP Laura Millar info@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-431-1481.

Through an approach that uses humor and normalizes the often-stigmatizing feelings about social situations, Jan helps people establish common ground, no matter who they are. For this February’s workshop, Jan promises “body-centered techniques” for feeling at ease, regardless of the situation. “It’s a chance to try things out,” she says, “to see what works and what doesn’t.”  Her goal is for participants to walk away with confidence and an eagerness to try new things in social situations.

This workshop provides a safe space for people who are blind or low vision to share their experience navigating social situations as blind individuals, and to explore areas where they might be holding themselves back. Then, Jan will provide participants with concrete tools for feeling good and calming anxiety.

“These discussions are not typically held,” says Laura Millar, our Sexual Health Services Program Coordinator, “so this takes things a level deeper and allows us a space to be honest, curious and ultimately well-informed.”