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Blind Chemist Hoby Wedler Leads first “Cooking with Community Class” for Youth

Blind Chemist Hoby Wedler Leads first “Cooking with Community Class” for Youth

Calling all cooks and aspiring cooks in middle and high school who are blind or have low vision: LightHouse Youth Programs is pleased to announce a new class: Cooking Creates Community. This happens the second Saturday of the month from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. This monthly virtual cooking lesson and conversation will be led by LightHouse staff and a rotating guest mentor who is blind or has low vision and who has a passion for cooking, baking or anything food-related.

This class is a chance for blind and low vision students to connect with their peers and learn some basic independent cooking skills at home from cool mentors who will answer student questions and share advice.

Those who sign up for the program will be emailed the list of equipment and supplies needed, along with the recipe and the Zoom link they’ll use for that month’s event. As a bonus, for students who sign up by the fourth of each month, LightHouse’s Youth team will mail the ingredients for that month’s recipe directly to them, on the house.

For the October 9 class, blind chemist Dr. Hoby Wedler, who has worked with LightHouse Youth in the past, will share his secrets to the best mashed potatoes. By walking students through his simple recipe and a conversation about how he chooses his seasonings, students will learn to make a dish that can be added to most meals. Sign up by October fourth to get ingredients as well as Hoby’s new line of seasoning, Happy Paprika, that they can try with this dish.

The first class will be Saturday, October 9 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

The classes to round out the year are Saturday, November 13 and Saturday, December 11.

RSVP to Jamey Gump at JGump@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7372.

Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialist

POSITION:                  Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialist

STATUS:                      Part or Full-time Exempt

REPORTS TO:           Program Director, Little Learners Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: specific date- TBD

JOB PURPOSE:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in downtown San Francisco, is looking for full and part-time Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialists to staff a new department within our organization in in selected counties throughout   the bay area and northern California.

The Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialist reports to the LightHouse Little Learners Program Director.

Diversity and Inclusion: LightHouse intentionally and actively works to minimize barriers to employment faced by many marginalized groups. As a result, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and abilities, including but not limited to applicants who possess various disabilities, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identities, and ages.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education or equivalent:

  • Minimum B.A. or B.S. degree
  • Strongly Preferred: Masters/Credential in Visual Impairments or Orientation and Mobility or Early Childhood/Special Education, or Physical or Occupational Therapy or Social Work

Desired Qualifications:

  • Professional preparation in the following:
    • Education of young children who are blind or have low vision
    • Orientation and Mobility
    • Infant or Early Childhood Development
    • Physical or Occupational Therapy
    • Social Work
  • Professional preparation in the philosophy of Infant and Family Mental Health
  • Bilingual fluency; Spanish preferred
  • Public speaking skills
  • Infant Massage Training or Certification

Experience (Preferred):

  • Minimum three years’ experience working with infants and preschoolers who are blind or have low vision, or whose developmental delays include blindness or low vision; or who are deafblind
  • Minimum three years’ experience providing home visits to families
  • Work in multi-cultural teaching circumstances
  • Trained in Lilli Nielsen philosophy of Active Learning

Required Skills:

  • Strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Knowledge of the many strategies, techniques and communities used to support blind children, teens, and adults for success throughout life.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills with children and adults
  • Joyful, playful, positive working style with children
  • Strong organization and prioritization/time management skills to meet deadlines and monthly submission of billing
  • Takes initiative and can work independently under pressure
  • Creative problem solver
  • Flexible schedule and demeanor: able to accommodate widely varied and unpredictable home circumstances with children, family members and pets present
  • Positive attitude, professional manner, and strong work ethic
  • Ability to interact and network with professionals and to deal tactfully with a variety of individuals and organizations
  • Ability to relate to and show compassion toward concerned client families and family members
  • Must be sensitive to clients’ cultural and socioeconomic circumstances

Other:

  • Ability to use alternative modes of transportation regularly
  • Comfort with navigating in familiar and new communities
  • Willingness to be fingerprinted and complete a background check, including Livescan
  • Willingness to complete a TB test
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and demands
  • Willingness to use personal phone for work-related communications (will be reimbursed). The Specialist’s phone number will be shielded from callers through the LightHouse system.

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS:

  • Knowledge of basic computer and technology skills with the following preferred experience with Calendaring, Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Outlook, as well as other Software Applications, such as Salesforce, ADP, Zoom tele-conference; and including facility with encrypted data communication systems

Transportation:

  • The ability to travel to various locations throughout the SF bay area and Northern and Central California is essential to the duties of this position
  • Strong organization and prioritization/time management skills that ensure timely completion of weekly tasks and long-term projects
  • Valid California Driver’s License or valid California REAL ID

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (will differ in periods of remote learning):

  • Commitment to following COVID-19 protocols, including use of required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing and hand-washing techniques, during in-person services.
  • Able to lift boxes and materials up to 30 pounds

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialist in this role will provide services in the following areas:

Family Services:

  • Provide parent/caregiver education and family-centered coaching services in the context of the natural environment of the home and community for families of young children (birth to three years of age) who are blind or have low vision; have neurological visual impairment; whose developmental delays include blindness or low vision; or who are deafblind
  • Provide information and resources to families related to their child’s blindness or low vision, and how these disabilities impact early development
  • Conduct parent interviews and administer developmental and functional vision assessments appropriate for this population of children and their families
  • Encourage parent/caregiver and child interactions and the child’s overall growth and development through adapted play and routines-based activities in the home, or by remote learning or a hybrid of in-person and remote learning
  • Support the relationship and bond between the parent/caregiver and child utilizing the philosophy of infant and family mental health
  • Coach families in child-advocacy skills in medical, educational, and social settings
  • Have a working knowledge of specialized toys and materials and assistive technology for young children who are blind or have low vision, or neurological visual impairment, or whose developmental delays are combined with blindness or deaf blindness

Community Collaboration and Outreach: 

  • Consult and build professional working relationships with community representatives as a full participant on the child and family’s Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) team
  • Partner with the child’s site-based early intervention program to adapt materials, approaches and the environment for a child who is blind or has low vision
  • Prepare for, accompany, and debrief with families on important medical visits
  • Provide information, resources, and referrals to families for relevant community services and assistance
  • Provide workshops and trainings on early childhood blindness and low vision for families and professionals
  • Help plan and coordinate individual or group family education and parent-to-parent-support opportunities and events
  • At the direction of their supervisor, attend and participate in programs of national, state, and local groups of parents of blind children

Case Management:

  • Maintain and organize secure and safe client case files in multiple formats, as needed, including contracts, Purchases of Service, Facesheets, Family Surveys and research forms, for a service population in the range of 20-30 clients per FTE
  • Prepare and submit family reports to contracting agencies according to established timelines
  • Maintain consistent, accurate service notes
  • Maintain accurate client billing records in electronic format and submit service hours for billing by established deadlines
  • Comply with HIPAA requirements related to confidentiality of documents and communications

 

  • Ability to purchase, track and maintain toys and materials in an organized and safe condition
  • Maintain and submit accurate expense reports in accordance with Lighthouse employee handbook and policies.

 

Organizational Support:

  • Establish and maintain a safe and secure home office environment to effectively perform duties required of the Early Childhood Blindness and Low Vision Specialist
  • Provide families with required agency, state, and federal electronic forms, and maintain in case electronic file
  • Assist with confidential data gathering and information-sharing per state and federal requirements; in collaboration with LightHouse’s internal departments such as Program, IT, Development, Finance and Communications
  • Participate in monthly All-Staff and LightHouse Little Learners Program Staff Meetings (regional, and/or full program)
  • Complete annual Performance Review requirements

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Typical work hours: 9 AM-5PM, 5 days per week per FTE
  • Willingness to work *outside* of normal working hours when appointments or Lighthouse programs require it.
  • Works in a well-lighted, ventilated home or headquarters office area
  • With the approval of their supervisor, attends and participates in professional development opportunities related to job responsibilities
  • Work at events held in indoor and outdoor environments including occasional overnight stays at Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa
  • With the approval of their supervisor, attends and participates in professional development opportunities related to job responsibilities
  • Attends all LightHouse all-staff events and, with the permission of their supervisor, optional LightHouse blindness learning events
  • Willingness to be fingerprinted and complete a background check, including a Livescan and TB Test

LightHouse is an equal opportunity employer.  The Lighthouse’s Equal Opportunity statement can be found here: https://lighthouse-sf.org/about/careers/

Compensation:  Depending on Experience; “industry competitive”

HOW TO APPLY:

Please include a cover letter and résumé as Word attachments (no PDFs please), to hr@lighthouse-sf.org, including the job title in the subject line. We will not consider videos or hyperlinks to online profiles. Due to time constraints, we will only respond to complete submissions in which there is serious interest, thanks for your understanding.

LightHouse Little Learners Development Officer

POSITION:                        Development Officer

STATUS:                             Full-time Exempt

REPORTS TO:                    Development Director

APPLICATION DEADLINE: specific date -TBD

JOB PURPOSE:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in downtown San Francisco, is looking for a full time Development Officer to staff a new position within our organization supporting the LightHouse Little Learners Early Childhood Program and, occasionally, the entire organization.

Under the Development Director’s supervision, the Development Officer is responsible for managing a portfolio of major and mid-level donors, corporate/foundation funders, community service groups and public funding sources (e.g., school districts, governmental sources, etc.)  in partnership with the LightHouse Little Learners Program Director, Program staff and the Development Director.

The Development Officer will particularly focus on creating a pipeline of funding for this new Department from participating families, community members and institutional sources. Major donor cultivation, events and proposal writing will be key tasks of this effort.

In addition to the primary focus of fundraising for Little Learners, the Development Officer will assist with fundraising initiatives, events and projects supporting all LightHouse programs and work in collaboration with all members of the Development Department.

Diversity and Inclusion: LightHouse intentionally and actively works to minimize barriers to employment faced by many marginalized groups. As a result, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and abilities, including but not limited to applicants who possess various disabilities, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identities, and ages.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education or equivalent:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree or higher a plus. Experience commensurate with such educational attainment may substitute.

Experience: (Preferred)

  • Significant experience in raising funds for early childhood programs
  • Experience in disability/blindness/human services
  • At least five years of experience in major gifts fundraising with an emphasis on, and successful track record of securing major gifts from individual donors including cultivating prospects and creating a pipeline of donor Development
  • At least five years of experience writing corporate and foundation grant proposals, sponsorship requests and grant reports
  • Experience with special events fundraising, demonstrating success with volunteer management, securing event sponsorships and in-kind donations
  • Knowledge of basic computer and technology skills with the following preferred.  Strong facility in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Outlook, Raisers Edge, Salesforce CRM, ADP, Zoom teleconference
  • Strong knowledge of the Bay Area’s philanthropic community

Required Skills:

  • Proven ability and track record of increasing donor/funder Development and retention
  • Possess exceptional relationship building and influencing skills, which will all contribute to being a collaborative LightHouse team member
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Confidence in engaging donors, funders and prospects regarding charitable contributions and grants
  • Talented presenter, coupled with the ability to interact with diplomacy and tact
  • Experience working with event committees of high-level volunteers, donors, and student’s families
  • Ability to independently drive projects
  • Strong planning, organizational and project/time management
  • Respect for confidentiality of donor/constituent information and a deep understanding of donor ethics

Other:

  • Familiarity with the challenges and methods used to encourage optimal development of blind infants, toddlers and youth or ability to learn quickly.
  • Ability to convincingly communicate the advantages and rationale for early blindness education. Skills to describe the advantages of the methodology LLL uses for optimum success of families and their blind children.
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Transportation:

  • The ability to travel to various locations throughout the SF bay area and Northern California is essential to the duties of this position
  • Valid California Driver’s License or valid California REAL ID

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (will differ in periods of remote learning):

  • Ability to lift to 30 pounds
  • Commitment to following COVID-19 protocols, including use of required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing and hand-washing techniques, during in-person services

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Development Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • Responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities for a portfolio of individual as well as institutionax1l funders and prospects
  • Serves as the relationship manager for a portfolio of key donors/funders and prospects who have the capacity to make major gifts and grants
  • Draft and write letters of inquiry, grant proposals and reports
  • Raise philanthropic revenue from employee groups, civic organizations, and service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, etc.)
  • Responsible to engage in the prospecting of new prospect relationships
  • Generate new revenue, with an emphasis on 5, 6 and 7 figure gifts and grants across all revenue sources
  • Collaborate with appropriate Lighthouse staff to create volunteer opportunities, site visits and special events related to the Little Learners Program.
  • Identify and cultivate corporations for securing sponsorships and in-kind support
  • Plan, organize, and direct fundraising campaigns in support of LightHouse Little Learners Program, and other LH programs/services as directed.
  • Use Raisers Edge NXT to track moves management, actions and report on funds raised.
  • Other duties as assigned

Other Duties:  Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • This is a full-time, exempt position working Monday through Friday. Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • Occasional work on weekends and evenings, as needed. (Advance notice will be provided.)
  • Work at events held in indoor and outdoor environments including occasional overnight stays at Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa
  • With the approval of their supervisor, attends and participates in professional development opportunities related to job responsibilities
  • Attends all LightHouse all-staff events and, with the permission of their supervisor, optional LightHouse blindness learning events
  • Willingness to be fingerprinted and complete a background check, including a Livescan and TB Test

LightHouse is an equal opportunity employer:  The Lighthouse’s Equal Opportunity statement can be found here: https://lighthouse-sf.org/about/careers/

Compensation:  Depending on Experience; “industry competitive”

HOW TO APPLY:

Please include a cover letter and résumé as Word attachments (no PDFs please), to hr@lighthouse-sf.org, including the job title in the subject line. We will not consider videos or hyperlinks to online profiles. Due to time constraints, we will only respond to complete submissions in which there is serious interest, thanks for your understanding.

 

Program Assistant; LightHouse Little Learners Childhood Program

POSITION:          Program Assistant; LightHouse Little Learners Childhood Program

STATUS:                 Part-Time

REPORTS TO:    Program Director, Little Learners Childhood Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled (or specific date)

JOB PURPOSE:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in downtown San Francisco, is looking for a Part-Time Program Assistant to staff a new position within our organization supporting the LightHouse Little Learners Early Childhood Program.

Under the supervision of the LightHouse Little Learners Program Director, the Program Assistant provides administrative support to the Program Director and the Early Childhood Blindness and Low Vision Specialists and serves as the first point of contact for LLL inquiries and referrals.

The Program Assistant also coordinates with the Finance Department to enter client data into Client Relationship Management Systems (CRM), such as Salesforce, for the purpose of billing for services, entering data for LightHouse Little Learners and other LightHouse programs.

Diversity and Inclusion: LightHouse intentionally and actively works to minimize barriers to employment faced by many marginalized groups. As a result, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and abilities, including but not limited to applicants who possess various disabilities, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identities, and ages.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education or equivalent:

  • A. from an accredited college or university
  • Education in a related field preferred

Experience:

  • Minimum of three years prior office management experience preferred
  • Conversational Spanish is a preferred asset

Transportation:

  • The ability to travel to various locations throughout the SF bay area and Northern and Central California is essential to the duties of this position.
  • Strong organization and prioritization/time management skills that ensure timely completion of weekly tasks and long-term projects
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and demands
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Valid California Driver’s License or valid California REAL ID
  •  Facility with driving and/or navigating public transportation

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Commitment to following COVID-19 protocols, including use of required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing and hand-washing techniques, during in-person services.
  • Able to lift boxes and materials up to 30 pounds

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Respond to and fulfill incoming requests from Early Childhood Blindness and Low Vision Specialists, who are working from home offices in northern and central California
  • Answer phones and respond to inquiries, accept client referrals and is knowledgeable about the LightHouse Little Learners (LLL) Program and community resources for families and professionals
  • Monitor and manage contracts for service and associated billing processes involving data entry into client relationship management systems
  • Communicate effectively with families, medical and education professionals, equipment vendors, representatives of contracting agencies, donors, and volunteers through a variety of communication methods: phone, email, text, fax, etc.
  • Maintain office supplies, inventory, and electronic file systems
  • Order toys and materials for Program Director and Early Childhood Blindness and Low Vision Specialists
  • Assist with preparations for regular LLL Staff Meetings
  • Coordinate and manage timelines for special projects, such as American Printing House for the Blind Annual Registry, conferences, and client research opportunities

Technology Skills:

  • Knowledge of basic computer and technology skills with the following preferred experience with Calendaring, Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and Outlook as well as other Software Applications, such as Salesforce, ADP, Zoom tele-conference; and including facility with encrypted data communication systems
  • Strong Salesforce Client Relationship Management (CRM) systems knowledge and facility with data entry to maintain accurate client data and billing for services

Other:

  • Strong interpersonal and phone communication skills
  • Calm, welcoming manner and communication style
  • Ability to manage competing priorities in a busy office setting, whether in-person or remote circumstances
  • High level organization and prioritization/time management skills

Other Duties:  Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Works a typical workday from 9 AM to 5 PM with mandated break times, 5 days per week
  • Works in a well-lighted, ventilated home or headquarters office area
  • Works at events including indoor and outdoor environments including occasional overnight stays at Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa
  • Works and communicates effectively with a variety of individuals: adults, children, volunteers, interns, etc.
  • With the approval of their supervisor, attends and participates in professional development opportunities related to job responsibilities
  • Attends all Lighthouse all-staff events and, with the permission of their supervisor, optional Lighthouse blindness learning events.
  • Willingness to be fingerprinted and complete a background check, including a Livescan
  • Willingness to complete a TB test

LightHouse is an equal opportunity employer.  The Lighthouse’s Equal Opportunity statement can be found here: https://lighthouse-sf.org/about/careers/

Compensation:  Depending on Experience; “industry competitive”

HOW TO APPLY:

Please include a cover letter and résumé as Word attachments (no PDFs please), to hr@lighthouse-sf.org, including the job title in the subject line. We will not consider videos or hyperlinks to online profiles. Due to time constraints, we will only respond to complete submissions in which there is serious interest, thanks for your understanding.

LightHouse Little Learners Early Childhood Program Director

POSITION:                  Program Director, LightHouse Little Learners Early Childhood Program

REPORTS TO:            Vice-President of Programs

STATUS:                          Full-Time Exempt

APPLICATION DEADLINE:           specific date to follow

JOB PURPOSE:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in downtown San Francisco, is looking for a Full-time Program Director for the LightHouse Little Learners Early Childhood Program.

This position reports to the Vice-President of Programs and provides leadership and expertise to the organization’s early childhood program, while supervising a team of Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialists in northern and central California. The program serves families of young children (birth to six years of age) who are blind, have low vision, have neurological visual impairment, are deafblind, or whose developmental delays may include blindness or low vision.

The Program Director is the primary liaison to community service partners and provides oversight for service contracts and the contract billing process.  The Program Director monitors program compliance with local, state, and federal requirements, such as Mandated Reporter, HIPAA and FERPA data privacy laws.  Additionally, the Program Director arranges for and provides professional development and support for all program staff and is a member of the LightHouse Director-level administrative team.

This role has primary responsibility for coordinating outreach to community partners to maximize the number of families served and to increase the extent and intensity of services to area families and children.

Diversity and Inclusion: LightHouse intentionally and actively works to minimize barriers to employment faced by many marginalized groups. As a result, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and abilities, including but not limited to applicants who possess various disabilities, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identities, and ages.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education or equivalent:

  • Masters and/or credential: Teacher of the Visually Impaired from an accredited college or university or
  • Orientation and Mobility Specialist Certification from an accredited college or university

Experience:

  • Extensive direct experience in blindness and low vision and early childhood education.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience working with children who are blind or who have low vision or whose developmental delays include blindness or low vision (birth to six years of age) and their families
  • Minimum of five years of effective supervisory and/or management experience
  • Prior experience with home-based service delivery to families of young children

Other:

  • Preferred computer skills are experience with Calendaring, Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Outlook, as well as other Software Applications, such as Salesforce, ADP, Zoom tele-conference; and including facility with encrypted data communication systems
  • Willingness to be fingerprinted and complete a background check, including a Livescan
  • Willingness to complete a TB test
  • Strong organization and prioritization/time management skills that ensure timely completion of weekly tasks and long-term projects
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and demands
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Valid California Driver’s License or the California REAL ID
  • Facility with driving and/or navigating public transportation, as well as use of navigation systems to arrive safely at multiple destinations

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Commitment to follow and implement COVID-19 protocols, as required, including proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing and hand-washing techniques
  • Must be able to change locations and move periodically throughout the day

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Although every effort has been made to make this list as comprehensive as possible, the person filling this position may be expected to perform other related duties and activities.

To fulfill the responsibilities of the LightHouse Little Learners Early Childhood Program, the Program Director will:

Program Administration:

  • Carry out essential elements of the program, in support of best practices for families of young children served by LightHouse Little Learners, and in support of the child’s optimal development and growth toward independence
  • Work with their supervisor and CEO to develop and implement the LightHouse Little Learners program budget
  • Provide supervision and direction for program staff, including Program Assistant and Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialists, and implement the annual Performance Review process
  • Provide mentoring and guidance and set goals for Regional Coordinators. These are Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialists who are designated to provide leadership to direct Regional Coordinators to ensure optimal program efficiencies and utilization.
  • Develop, schedule, and lead as well as set agenda for LLL Staff Meetings; participate in LightHouse Admin and All Staff Meetings
  • Facilitate distribution of annual LLL Family Survey and data analysis for purpose of program evaluation, as well as report results to internal and external stakeholders, including families, LightHouse organization and vendor agencies
  • Develop and implement LLL strategic goals and initiatives in keeping with LightHouse strategic plan and for the purpose of growing and enriching services for client families and their young children
  • In collaboration with LightHouse departments, contribute to Human Resources functions, such as recruitment, hiring, and staff engagement
  • Promote LightHouse Little Learners Program, as an element of child-find efforts in northern and central California communities
  • Monitor and maintain program compliance with state and federal mandates, such as Mandated Report requirements and information privacy protection laws, such as HIPAA and FERPA
  • Keep abreast of state and federal policy and legislation, and implement changes to the program, as appropriate or required
  • Fulfill Grievance Procedure requirements whereby the Regional Center expects that the Lighthouse Little Learners Program has a grievance process in place. The LightHouse has a grievance policy established by the Rehabilitation Services team

Professional Development: 

  • Establish an effective, innovative professional development and mentoring program to meet the needs of LLL Staff. This will be accomplished by drawing on expertise in the fields of early childhood education for children who are blind or have low vision from specialists in infant and family mental health, higher education vision impairment and Orientation and Mobility teacher training programs, pediatric ophthalmologists, and neurologists, and subject matter experts with lived experience in blindness, among others
  • Monitor and contribute to best practices in the field of early childhood blindness and low vision, while systematically integrating new and effective approaches within LightHouse Little Learners Program
  • Collaborate with LightHouse departments to share information and resources, engage community members and develop exemplary multidisciplinary child and family services

Represent LightHouse Little Learners on Local, Regional, State and National Levels

  • Schedule and participate in regular family education sessions for the purpose of sharing expertise and building community among staff and families
  • Foster strong working relationships with community health and education partners to facilitate communication and family access to services and resources
  • Maintain regular communication with vendor partners such as Regional Centers, Local Education Agencies (LEA) and County Health Organizations (MediCal Administrative Activities (MAA) to create robust referral sources and accurate billing procedures
  • Contribute to planning and execution of family and community events
  • Participate in local, regional, state, and national collaboratives focused on best practices in early childhood blind and low vision services, including International Preschool Seminar, APH Leadership Conference, Future Reflections, CTEBVI and Babies Count Registry of Early Childhood Visual Impairment
  • Report any incidents/accidents according to LightHouse incident reporting procedures and protocols

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Works in a well-lighted, ventilated home or headquarters office area
  • Works at events including indoor and outdoor environments including occasional overnight stays at Enchanted Hills Camp
  • Sitting, moving periodically during working hours
  • Works and communicates with a variety of individuals: adults, children, volunteers, interns, etc.
  • Attends and participates in professional development opportunities related to job responsibilities
  • Attends all Lighthouse all-staff events and, with the permission of their supervisor, optional Lighthouse blindness learning events
  • Travels to family homes and community sites by a variety of modes of transportation: private and public transportation, and is willing to implement personal safety precautions

LightHouse is an equal opportunity employer.  The Lighthouse’s Equal Opportunity statement can be found here: https://lighthouse-sf.org/about/careers/

Compensation:  Depending on Experience; “industry competitive”

HOW TO APPLY:

Please include a cover letter and résumé as Word attachments (no PDFs please), to hr@lighthouse-sf.org, including the job title in the subject line. We will not consider videos or hyperlinks to online profiles. Due to time constraints, we will only respond to complete submissions in which there is serious interest, thanks for your understanding.

LightHouse partners with SciAccess to launch Mission: AstroAccess

LightHouse partners with SciAccess to launch Mission: AstroAccess

LightHouse is excited to partner with SciAccess Initiative for the launch of a new program, Mission: AstroAccess. This is a program designed to bring diversity and inclusion to the STEM field in a study that will consist of a group of ten disabled people that will participate in a historic zero gravity parabolic flight. The flight’s blind, low vision, Deaf, and disabled volunteers will complete targeted tasks during the flight to help answer basic questions about how disabled people can safely and accessibly live and work in space.

“Space is not just part of humanity’s future – it is a place where we can rethink life on earth today,” says Mission: AstroAccess project lead, George Whitesides. “With this flight we hope to lay the foundation for future disabled space explorers.”

The goal of this mission is to bring together the largest and most diverse group of disabled crew members in a weightless environment, with the hopes to learn how to adapt and make accessible outer-space travel for disabled space explorers, scientists, and researchers. The Mission: AstroAccess parabolic flight is scheduled to take place on October 17, 2021, launching from Long Beach, California.

“Our mission is to change outer space and change the world. If you are a disabled person who is confident, enthusiastic, playful, and literally willing to float upside down to change the future, we are looking for you!” says Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen, Associate Professor of Linguistics at Bowling Green State University.

So, what else does it take to be a participant in Mission: AstroAccess? You must be eighteen years of age or older, a speaker of English or American Sign Language, a resident of the United States, and you must be blind, low vision, Deaf, and/or someone who identifies as disabled. Applications are now open and will be accepted through August 15. Mission: AstroAccess will be hosting an informational webinar for all of those interested in applying for a mission slot on July 21. Until then, you can find more information about Mission: AstroAccess on the project website.

“This partnership is the first step in making the people who explore space look like all Americans,” said LightHouse CEO Bryan Bashin. “Blind people have been explorers, scientists and communicators for millennia, and Mission: AstroAccess and the LightHouse for the Blind – San Francisco will help move our contributions into space.”

We are excited and proud to be part of this inclusive change to the STEM field, and encourage all of our students, friends, and mentors within the blind community to apply for a mission slot. Together, the blind community can help make space inclusive and accessible for all.

For more information about the work that SciAccess Initiative does, please visit the SciAccess website. You can apply for a participant slot for Mission: Astro Access by following this link.

LightHouse of the North Coast has a New Home

LightHouse of the North Coast has a New Home

LightHouse North Coast office has moved to the Grove Building at 317 Third Street in Old Town, Eureka. Third Street borders the Morris Graves Museum, and the cross streets are D and E. After almost ten years of being housed in the Humboldt Senior Resource Center, The Senior Center is expanding its programs and will use the former LightHouse space to continue to grow the many needed programs for seniors and their families. While we at LightHouse say a very gracious thank you to the Humboldt Senior Resource Center and feel fortunate to have worked alongside such dedicated colleagues who continue to develop comprehensive programs for seniors, we will not say Good-Bye as we will still be at a very accessible location in Old Town, and there for any person who is blind or low vision who needs information, support or training.

LightHouse of the North Coast continues our 20-year tradition of serving the low vision and blind community and their families from our new location. We are excited to be in our new building which houses several other non-profit organizations, as well as the office of U.S. Representative of California, congressman Jared Huffman.
 
While our doors are currently closed to in person services, we continue to provide resources and numerous classes via Zoom. If you or someone you know lives in the Humboldt, Del Norte, or Trinity counties, please contact us to take advantage of some of our remote classes until we open our doors later in September. We anticipate opening our doors in early September. Our services include:

  • Lighting and magnification assessments
  • Home safety and mobility instruction
  • Assistive technology training
  • Independent living skills training and beginning Braille.

Please feel free to contact Janet Pomerantz, MSW, for further information at jpomerantz@lighthouse-sf.org or by calling 707 268-5646. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you when we reopen in September.

LightHouse offers personal safety seminars with Martial Arts Instructor, George Freeman

LightHouse offers personal safety seminars with Martial Arts Instructor, George Freeman

In response to an increase in anti-Asian violence and apprehensions among LightHouse students venturing out after over a year of very limited travel and sheltering in place, along with the hesitation of schools, businesses, and social and recreational spaces reopening, LightHouse felt it was important to develop an inclusive personal safety workshop that would instill confidence in our community as we approach the post-pandemic world.

On Saturday, June 26, LightHouse’s Belonging, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (BIDE) task force partnered with martial arts instructor, George Freeman of KATMA Defense in Savannah, Georgia, to bring the members of the blind and low vision community the first of three new self-defense workshops, Your Personal Safety: Getting Back to Normal.

Instructor George Freeman has been teaching and practicing martial arts professionally for over a decade. He sought to develop a 3-part series of safety seminars that would cover strategies, techniques and approaches for feeling more confident being out in the community again. LightHouse participant, Jane Y., joined the Zoom seminar and found the experience to be positive, empowering, and educational.

Jane is in her early seventies and has low vision. Her first class with the LightHouse was in February this year when she attended Changing Vision, Changing Life, she says it lived up to its name.

“I found a tribe of supportive, knowledgeable, compassionate and genuine people in both staff and participants.  in the past few months, LightHouse has graced my life with Yoga Support Group, one on one Tech Training, Low Vision Training, Tactile Training.  In mid-July I start Orientation and Mobility training.”

She also signed up for the Self-defense class and found it very worthwhile and informative.

“The communication skills and integrity of the moderator and the presenter were superb! The format was very effective with direct participation, very informative videos and thoughtful Q & A. I was especially impressed with the self-empowerment messaging, ‘Use our own voices and actions to take charge of our lives whenever possible.’”

We are excited to offer two more of these important safety seminars, the next on August 28 at 1 pm and final on October 16 at 1 pm, to the LightHouse community and their friends and family this year. The courses will be open to all— people who are blind, low vision and sighted.

For more information about the upcoming seminars in August and October, look out for postings in future publications as those dates approach and be sure to visit our online calendar. For more information about George Freeman and the work he does, you can visit the instructor page on the Kombative Academy of Traditional Martial Arts website.

A Perfect Teacher-Student Partnership

A Perfect Teacher-Student Partnership

LightHouse offers a variety of resources, trainings, and programs for individuals who are blind or have low vision taught by expert instructors and educators, most of whom are also blind or have low vision. Our dedicated staff work with their students to form and enhance blindness skills to improve their sense of autonomy and self-confidence. The greatest aspect of being part of such a close-knit community of blind leaders and learners is being able to share successes and accomplishments, or “mission moments,” with the LightHouse community.

Access Technology Instructor Kacie Cappello’s favorite part of the job is watching a student’s hard work pay off.

“Many come into training intimidated by technology and full of self-doubt. The skills they learn allow for greater independence and better social connection. When a student realizes they can do something like buy their own groceries online or send email to a friend, I get to watch their confidence grow as they find their empowerment. That means the world to me.”

Kacie’s role is to provide information, guidance, and structure, but the student is the one taking on the challenge of learning a new skill. That requires commitment and practice. One of her ambitions for her students is for them to have autonomy over their digital information.

“To me, maintaining anonymity means having the ability to effectively manage your information, privacy, and digital presence. Access technology skills help students keep track of things like account details and participate in online life on their own terms.”

LightHouse student Eva G. struggled with independently accessing her computer and other devices at home and sought out access technology training with LightHouse. She began working with Kacie one-on-one for virtual training sessions.

“I lost my vision at a quite advanced stage at the age of 84. I am 91 now. I did not think I would be able to learn anything because of my age. When I had sight growing up in school, I was never taught computers or typing or anything like that.  Honestly, the first time I had a lesson with Kacie I thought to myself, ‘I will never get this,’ but Kacie was so patient and persistent. It was amazing to me how after a while I started to get used to it.

“To me, it is really important to be as independent as I can be. It means a lot to be because I’ve always been in touch with a lot of different people throughout my life. But when I suddenly had to ask someone to write my emails and read them back to me it just wasn’t the same. The first time I was able to have an email read to me by the computer and then answer it myself was such a gift. It felt like the best thing that has happened to me.

“In retrospect I do still think it was kind of magic. I feel so grateful for the LightHouse and for Kacie and what she has taught me.”

These are the moments that strengthen the blind community. One individual’s success becomes a shared accomplishment for all of LightHouse and our community. To inquire about programs offered by LightHouse, you can visit our website.

For information about Access Technology, send your emails AT@lighthouse-sf.org  or call 415-431-1481.

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!