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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!

Lighthouse Day to feature Mayor Breed and New Blindness Book Author, June 10

Lighthouse Day to feature Mayor Breed and New Blindness Book Author, June 10

Each year we gather friends to celebrate Lighthouse Day, honoring our 119 years of service and looking forward into the future.

For the second year we will use Zoom to keep social distance as we gather, electronically, celebrating how LightHouse has grown and diversified and reassert our belief in our community and pride in our work.

To help us do this we have invited blind author Dr. M. Leona Godin who will discuss her just-released book, There Plant Eyes: a Personal and Cultural History of Blindness.

We invite you to a conversation between Dr. Godin and LightHouse CEO Bryan Bashin to discuss the main themes in the book and learn of the author spending much of her life in San Francisco and beginning her journey into blindness there. This conversation will be a key part of the LightHouse Day celebration.

What: Lighthouse Day

When: Thursday, June 10 from noon to 1:00 pm Pacific

Where: via Zoom or phone

RSVP: To events@lighthouse-sf.org or call Andrea Vecchione at 415-694-7311. The first 10 folks to RSVP will receive a box of Quail Point chocolates, which are delicious, we can vouch for that!

From the book jacket:

From Homer to Helen Keller, from Dune to Stevie Wonder, from the invention of braille to the science of echolocation, M. Leona Godin explores the fascinating history of blindness, interweaving it with her own story of gradually losing her sight.

There Plant Eyes probes the ways in which blindness has shaped our ocular centric culture, challenging deeply ingrained ideas about what it means to be “blind.” For millennia, blind-ness has been used to signify such things as thoughtlessness (“blind faith”), irrationality (“blind rage”), and unconsciousness (“blind evolution”). But at the same time, blind people have been othered as the recipients of special powers as compensation for lost sight (from the poetic gifts of John Milton to the heightened senses of the comic book hero Daredevil).

Godin—who began losing her vision at age ten—illuminates the often-surprising history of both the condition of blindness and the myths and ideas that have grown up around it over the course of generations. She combines an analysis of blindness in art and culture (from King Lear to Star Wars) with a study of the science of blindness and key developments in accessibility (the white cane, embossed printing, digital technology) to paint a vivid personal and cultural history.

Adaptations LightHouse Day Discount

Don’t forget to visit Adaptations.org for all your LightHouse gear! To celebrate 119 years of service to the blind and low vision community,  Adaptations is giving 10% off during the entire month of June on all LightHouse hoodies, t-shirts and tote bags! Use the  discount code LH10 at checkout to receive your discount. Happy shopping!

Help Herd Immunity: Get Vaccinated at the LightHouse

Help Herd Immunity: Get Vaccinated at the LightHouse

Photo Caption: Two volunteers wearing LightHouse masks stand in the lobby of LightHouse headquarters. One holds a walkie-talkie. Photo by Sarika Dagar

Read vaccine information in Spanish 

Friday May 21, COVID-19 vaccinations continue at LightHouse headquarters.

The clinic at LightHouse will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and scheduled second Moderna vaccinations on May 21 and 28.  You can read a joint statement by Bay Area Health officers on the safety of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The clinic is open to people from all over the San Francisco Bay Area who are blind or have low vision, anyone who has a disability and their caregivers. American Sign Language interpreters will be available onsite.

Information for the clinic is below, first in English, and then in Spanish.

You will need to make an appointment for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by calling 628-652-2700.

  • The call center is open and staffed from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. Voicemail messages can be left for a callback outside of these hours. Speakers of both Spanish and English are available at this number.
  • Other language interpreters are available once you leave a voicemail requesting a callback.

Friday May 14, COVID-19 vaccinations continue at LightHouse headquarters.

The clinic at LightHouse will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and scheduled second Moderna vaccinations on May 21 and 28.  You can read a joint statement by Bay Area Health officers on the safety of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The clinic is open to people from all over the San Francisco Bay Area who are blind or have low vision, anyone who has a disability and their caregivers. American Sign Language interpreters will be available onsite.

Information for the clinic is below, first in English, and then in Spanish.

You will need to make an appointment for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by calling 628-652-2700.

  • The call center is open and staffed from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. Voicemail messages can be left for a callback outside of these hours. Speakers of both Spanish and English are available at this number.
  • Other language interpreters are available once you leave a voicemail requesting a callback.

LightHouse Headquarters Address:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – San Francisco headquarters

1155 Market Street

10th floor

San Francisco, CA 94103

Registration phone number: 628-652-2700

Getting to Your Appointment
Below are a couple of options for financial assistance to get to your vaccination appointment.

1. Free taxi rides to vaccination appointments through the Essential Trip Card program. If you are signed up for San Francisco’s low-cost taxi program for seniors (65+) and people with disabilities called the Essential Trip Card, you can get to your vaccine appointment for free with the help of Community Living Campaign (CLC). Every program participant gets one additional $60 vaccine allotment, and CLC can pay your share if you ask. Just call San Francisco Paratransit at 415-351-7000 and let them know you’d like to use your vaccine allotment, and that you’d like support from CLC. CLC will cover your $12, so you’ll get $60 on your card without paying a cent.

Not signed up for the Essential Trip Card yet? No problem. Call 311 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and tell them you want to sign up. Say you’re interested in financial help from Community Living Campaign for your vaccine appointment, and you’ll have $60 on your taxi card when you get it in the mail, with no money out of your pocket.

2. $50 Lyft Vouchers for Vaccine Access for Seniors 60+, Adults with Disabilities, and Caregivers
Community Living Campaign is giving away $50 Lyft vouchers for trips to vaccination appointments for San Francisco residents 60 and older, residents with disabilities, and caregivers. Individuals must have the Lyft app on their smartphone to use the voucher. Offer valid while voucher supplies last. (Individuals who receive services in San Francisco but live outside of the city may also be eligible.) To inquire about a voucher, contact Cathy DeLuca at 415-638-9183 or cathy@sfcommunityliving.org.

Please note: people using Rideshare apps like Lyft and Uber will need to enter 676 Stevenson Street as the destination into the app. This address is for the rear entrance of LightHouse Headquarters at 1155 Market Street.

Using Public Transit
The closest public transit is the Civic Center BART station. The exit located in front of the LightHouse building on Market Street between 7th and 8th streets has reopened. Turn left upon climbing the stairs to the street level and you will be in front of the LightHouse building. The closest bus stops are Jones and 6th and Orpheum Theater.

For further information, read the Vaccine FAQs from SF.gov.

Aquí está la misma información para hispanohablantes.

Vacunas COVID-19 

Los viernes 21 y 28 de abril y 7 de mayo, la sede de San Francisco de LightHouse se abrirá de nuevo para las personas del Bay Area que son ciegas o que tienen poca visión, aquellas personas con una discapacidad y sus cuidadores para que puedan recibir la vacuna del COVID-19.

Debe agendar una cita llamando al 628-652-2700.

  • Cuando llame a este número, deberá proporcionar información personal básica, los detalles de su proveedor de salud y recibirá una hora para la cita.
    No necesita proporcionar pruebas de su discapacidad.
    • Esta línea está disponible con agentes de atención desde las 8:30 am hasta las 5:00 pm de lunes a viernes. Puede dejar mensajes de voz para que le devolvamos la llamada fuera de estos horarios. Esta línea está disponible para personas que hablan español e inglés.
    • Los intérpretes de otros idiomas están disponibles cuando deja un mensaje de voz pidiendo que le devolvamos la llamada.

Tenga en cuenta que si no se ha registrado usando este método no podrá vacunarse en este sitio.
Fechas
21 y 28 de mayo de 2021

Dirección
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – San Francisco headquarters
1155 Market Street
10th floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Teléfono
El número para registrarse es el 628-652-2700.

Agende su cita
La sede central de LightHouse se encuentra en 1155 Market Street entre las calles 7th y 8th Streets.

A continuación, mostramos algunas formas de conseguir ayuda financiera para agendar su cita de vacunación.

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  1. Viajes en taxi gratuitos a las citas de vacunación a través del programa Essential Trip Card.
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Si usted está registrado/a para el programa de taxi a bajo costo de San Francisco para personas mayores (+65) y personas con discapacidades llamado a Essential Trip Card, puede ir a su cita de vacunación sin costo con la ayuda de la Community Living Campaign (CLC, Campaña para Vivir en Comunidad). Cada participante del programa obtiene un cupo adicional de vacuna de $60, y CLC puede pagar por su parte si lo solicita. Llame a San Francisco Paratransit al 415-351-7000 y avise que le gustaría usar su cupo de vacuna y que le gustaría recibir el apoyo de CLC. Esta cubrirá sus $12, así que obtendrá $60 en su tarjeta sin pagar un centavo.

¿Todavía no está inscripto/a para Essential Trip Card? No hay problema. Llame al 311 entre las 9:00 am y 4:00 pm, de lunes a viernes, y diga que quiere inscribirse y que está interesado/a en recibir ayuda financiera de Community Living Campaign para su cita de vacunación, y tendrá $60 en su tarjeta de taxi cuando la reciba en el correo, sin usar dinero de su bolsillo.

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  1. Vales de $50 de Lyft para acceso a vacunas para personas mayores +60, adultos con discapacidades y cuidadores
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    Community Living Campaign también está proporcionando vales de $50 de Lyft para viajes a citas de vacunación para residentes de San Francisco de 60 años de edad y mayores, residentes con discapacidades y cuidadores. Las personas deben tener la aplicación de Lyft en sus teléfonos inteligentes para usar el vale. La oferta es válida mientras dure la existencia de dichos vales.
    (Las personas que reciben servicios en San Francisco, pero viven afuera de la ciudad también, pueden ser elegibles). Para averiguar sobre los vales, comuníquese con Cathy DeLuca
    al 415-638-9183 o

por correo a cathy@sfcommunityliving.org.

Las personas que usan aplicaciones de uso compartido de viajes rideshare como Lyft y Uber necesitarán marcar a 676 Stevenson Street como el destino en la aplicación. Esta dirección es para la entrada trasera de 1155 Market Street.

Uso del transporte público

El transporte público más cercano es la estación BART del Civic Center. Las únicas salidas abiertas actualmente son las del lado de United Nations Plaza. Las paradas de bus más cercanas son las de Jones y 6th y Orpheum Theater.

¿Qué sucede cuando llega?

LightHouse tendrá voluntarios disponibles para encontrarse con las personas afuera en las entradas delanteras y traseras de 1155 Market Street. Estos voluntarios le guiarán al vestíbulo donde verificarán su información. Todos los voluntarios practicarán el distanciamiento social y usarán mascarillas.
Las superficies se desinfectarán de manera frecuente y regular (con productos con etiqueta Safer Choice hechos y vendidos por LightHouse).

El número de personas que pueden entrar en un ascensor al mismo tiempo será restringido a un número designado por el encargado del sitio.

Una vez que llegue al 10.o piso, otro grupo de voluntarios amables le mostrarán dónde debe esperar para vacunarse.

Luego de su inyección, debe esperar por 15 minutos antes de volver al vestíbulo y salir del edificio. Los voluntarios estarán disponibles para ayudarle a ubicar viajes compartidos si es necesario.
Para más información, lea las Preguntas Frecuentas sobre Vacunas de SF.gov.

 

LightHouse Eye Clinic Returns

LightHouse Eye Clinic Returns

We’re pleased to announce the reopening of the LightHouse Eye Clinic at our 1155 Market Street San Francisco headquarters. LightHouse, in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry will offer general eye exams and low vision exams. The clinical staff include Dr. Crystal Wen, a graduate from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, along with residency-trained doctors and senior optometry interns.

General eye exams are offered on Wednesdays. Low vision exams are offered on Fridays.

General Eye Exams

General eye exams are available Wednesdays beginning May 26. The clinic is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, call 510-642-5726.

Low Vision Exams

If you are a person who has low vision, you can schedule a low vision exam beginning Friday, May 28. The clinic is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. To schedule, call 510-642-5726. For questions about low vision exams, email the LightHouse’s Rehabilitation Counselor, Debbie Bacon at DBacon@LightHouse-sf.org.

The low vision exam includes an hour-and-a-half long low vision evaluation by a board-certified low vision optometrist and a follow-up visit with a LightHouse Rehabilitation Training Specialist. If you are unsure whether you are a candidate for a low vision exam, speak with your primary eye care professional or give us a call. Our staff will be happy to guide you through the process.

We will be following all COVID-19 safety guidelines for the City of San Francisco. We look forward to welcoming you to the LightHouse Eye Clinic.

The LightHouse 2020 LightHouse Annual Report is Here

The LightHouse 2020 LightHouse Annual Report is Here

2020 was a highly unusual year for everyone around the world. Despite such unprecedented circumstances, we are proud to present the 2020 Annual Report, documenting how LightHouse supported the blind community through a global pandemic in new and innovative ways.

In 2020 we were proud to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Enchanted Hills Camp, and announced ambitious plans to reimagine the entire camp as a global center for blindness, with construction planned over the next few years.

In other news, big things happened at LightHouse Industries: Sirkin Center, LightHouse’s blind labor-force manufacturing plant. We expanded the production line, including adding a hard surface cleaner effective at killing the novel coronavirus. We doubled our staff and hired a blind scientist to oversee the product blends. Our customer base of government agencies and private companies continues to grow, and so do the employment opportunities for people who are blind or have low vision. Watch the BBC’s coverage of Sirkin Center’s unprecedented growth.

Read on to learn more about LightHouse and its 2020 achievements in the annual report in PDF or Word format.

LightHouse Staff Shares Her Experience Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine at LightHouse

LightHouse Staff Shares Her Experience Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine at LightHouse

As I hopped out of my Lyft at 7th and Market Street and turned the corner toward the LightHouse headquarters in San Francisco, I was hit with a wave of nostalgia. It had been months, nearly a year since I’d last entered this building. As I reached for the door handle of the front entrance, I was welcomed in by a friendly face. The man asked kindly, “Here for the clinic?” to which I replied, “Absolutely!”

After being directed towards the elevators I stepped in and pressed the button for the 10th floor. The door opened to the familiar sound of the automated announcer, “10th floor, LightHouse Main Reception.” I stepped into the lobby and was greeted by friendly, masked volunteers. I looked around and noted the many people in line, spaced at a safe distance apart from one another, patiently awaiting their turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

When I joined the line, a nurse approached me and asked my name and birthdate. She found my vaccination card in the stack of other names scheduled to be vaccinated that day. She assisted me in filling out a pre-vaccine medical form. (Do I have any allergies? Have I received any vaccines within the past 14 days? Etc.) After completing the form, I waited for my turn to be taken into Multipurpose Room B, where there were three vaccination stations set up.

When it was my turn, I was directed to the available station. I rolled up my left sleeve as a very kind and friendly nurse walked me through the process. I turned my cheek away from my left shoulder as I received the vaccine. (Needles make me queasy!)

When I sat down in the post-vaccine waiting area adjacent to the vaccination stations, it hit me. For two years I would come to this building every day. Working with the blind community, my community, has always been important and enjoyable for me. On March 13, 2020 we were told that LightHouse would be closed for two weeks due to the onset of COVID-19 cases increasing in the area. Two weeks turned into 56 weeks (and counting) and the “increasing number of COVID-19 cases” turned into a global pandemic. Through the past thirteen months of confusion, devastation, and fear, here I was, one year later in the same place where I had first learned of the severity of this disease, receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. It was emotional. It was hopeful. It was a triumph. The experience felt surreal.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to all the nurses, volunteers, and all of those responsible for giving LightHouse the opportunity to become a vaccination site. With the help and coordination of many LightHouse and San Francisco Public Health employees, I am proud to say that not only was I vaccinated, but the nonprofit I work for, the work in which I hold so dear, was able to provide yet another accessible and vitally important service to our community.

Pure Bioscience and LightHouse Win FAA Approval

Pure Bioscience and LightHouse Win FAA Approval

PURE Bioscience and LightHouse announce the approval and use of PURE Hard Surface sanitizer and disinfectant by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Succeeding a vetting process which took several weeks the FAA approved and announced that PURE Hard Surface was the only antimicrobial on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) List-N Antimicrobial Approved for use Against Corona Virus authorized to be used in the FAA locations: Control Towers, Radar Centers and Regional Control Centers.

The lead scientist on the evaluation committee for the FAA stated:

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is one of 16 critical infrastructure sectors, meaning their assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, or national public health or safety. The arrival of COVID-19 presented unique challenges to keeping FAA personnel and equipment safe and functional and planes moving safely through the skies. Rigorous chemical and physical testing identified only one product out of hundreds on EPA List N that met all FAA criteria (no harm to people or equipment, no warning labels or PPE required, no odors, 30-second contact time for human coronavirus, product volume available on demand, rated for Emerging Viral Pathogens, secure supply chain and ease of use. PURE Hard Surface met and exceeded all required criteria.”

Following the initial use rollout of an FAA pilot testing program the FAA is requiring its janitorial service providers for these locations to sanitize daily after cleaning using PURE Hard Surface. This test was successful and to date there are 85 FAA locations that are sanitized with PURE Hard Surface including major airports.

PURE’s Chief Operating Officer and President Tom Y. Lee said, “We are proud that our technology met the needs and requirements for the Federal Aviation Administration’s antimicrobial use. PURE Bioscience is honored to be a part of the overall effort to maintain critical US infrastructure. The chemistry and it’s attributes that lead to approval by the FAA committee are the same that we offer to all our customers for their effective antimicrobial requirements.”

75% of the workforce employed to ship, bottle, and blend Pure Bioscience chemistries is blind or has low vision.

“Our expanding social enterprise at our Sirkin Center will provide dozens of jobs for Bay Area blind employees,” said LightHouse CEO Bryan Bashin. “With the FAA’s large orders we’ll be hiring blind line workers, supervisors, technicians and supporting jobs, at our new Alameda plant. And we’re only beginning”

LightHouse in Solidarity with AAPI

LightHouse in Solidarity with AAPI

By Mario Burton, Director of People and Culture

Hate crime attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community have grown over the last year both at the local and national level. Videos, articles, and news reports have been informing us of an increase in attacks of about 150% since the pandemic started. Additionally, a report released by Stop AAPI Hate explains that there were over 4,000 reported incidents between March 2020 and February 2021. We can’t and shouldn’t go without calling attention to this clear sense of racism and xenophobia against AAPI persons.

Our goal is to always stand up for and in solidarity with various marginalized and underserved communities. This is especially true in instances like this where community members are being physically attacked.

Many people educated within the U.S. education system do not know that AAPI communities have a history of both struggles and triumphs in this country. Some people are unfamiliar with the Chinese Exclusion Act or the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII as heightened anti-Asian paranoia permitted the manifestation of these biases into blatant discrimination. Hundreds of Asian-Americans were abducted, removed from their homes and places of work and placed in prison camps. Even with these challenges, various AAPI leaders such as Yuri Kochiyama, Lydia X.Z. Brown, Mia Mingus, Alice Wong, and Patsy Mink have participated in the Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Rights, Disability Rights and various other movements for change in the U.S. These milestone moments are reflective of how AAPI persons have been key players in influencing many parts of American history. Learn more about Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage and history in the U.S at the NEH-Edsitement website.

Below are some additional resources taken from the website Stop APPI Hate for those interested in supporting the AAPI community during this time:

Safety Tips for Those Experiencing or Witnessing Hate

5 Things to Consider When Experiencing Hate

  1. Safety First: Trust your instincts and assess your surroundings. If you feel unsafe and you are able to, leave the area.
  2. Stay Calm: Take a deep breath, limit eye-contact, and maintain neutral body language.
  3. Speak Out (If you can do so safely): In a calm and firm voice establish physical boundaries and denounce their behavior and comments.
  4. Seek Immediate Support: Ask bystanders for support or intervention.
  5. Seek Emotional Support: Once you feel safe, take time to recover and reach out to someone to talk about what happened. Remember this is not your fault, and you are not alone.

5 Ways to Help If You Witness Hate

  1. Take Action: Approach the targeted person, introduce yourself, and offer support.
  1. Actively Listen: Ask before taking any actions and respect the targeted person’s wishes. Monitor the situation if needed.
  1. Ignore Attacker: Using your discretion, attempt to calm the situation by using your voice, body language, or distractions.
  1. Accompany: If the situation escalates, invite the targeted person to join you in leaving.
  1. Offer Emotional Support: Help the targeted person by asking how they’re feeling. Assist them in figuring out what they want to do next.

Services for Victims:

  • Report an Incident online: Stop AAPI Hate – Report Incident
  • Victim-based compensation: Funds available to assist those who have directly or indirectly been impacted by violence: California Victim Compensation program at Alcoda.org
  • We are working on options to offer a possible self-defense training course for those interested in learning more about self-defense. We will keep everyone updated on the progress of this as we discussed this as an option during our first meeting.

We stand in support of the AAPI community and against the racist and xenophobic hate crimes that have occurred recently.

A LightHouse Student on Bias

Susan Kitazawa, an Asian American community advocate, gave her perspective on how people can confront their own prejudices.

“The biggest thing people can do to reduce APPI violence is to look into their own unconscious biases. Hate and violence are born of fear and not knowing the other. I’ve read two great books, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (DB 80639 on the National Library Service Braille and Audio Reading Download) and Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt. I believe bias is a survival mechanism we have wired into us. It’s the ‘that’s not someone from my village’ mentality and a knee-jerk reaction that doesn’t make sense in the modern world. Everyone has biases and that’s the driving force of what’s going on.”

This Year, Roll Your Own Cycle for Sight

This Year, Roll Your Own Cycle for Sight

We’re thrilled to announce the return of Cycle for Sight, an annual fundraiser for Enchanted Hills Camp (EHC) that we’ve held for nearly 20 years. Cycle for Sight is run in partnership with the Rotary Club of Napa. Through Cycle for Sight, we raise funds for camperships.

Last year, in the beginning months of the pandemic, Cycle for Sight, like many other events, was cancelled. A year later, after we’ve all learned how to hold events online, Cycle for Sight returns, in virtual form.

Traditionally, Cycle for Sight involves people riding bike routes of 15, 25, or 50 miles through the landscapes of Napa Valley to raise funds for EHC. Many blind and sighted bike riders team up to share the experience together on a tandem bicycle. This year’s virtual format provides new opportunities, which Camp Director Tony Fletcher is excited about.

“I encourage people to use the day to do some form of creative exercise. You can still ride a bike for 15, 25 or 50 miles, or you can do something else that involves 90 minutes of exercise, like hiking, swimming, running, or walking. It’s great that people who haven’t been able to participate in Cycle for Sight before will have many ways to do so this year.”

On April 17, the day will start with a virtual opening ceremony. Then everyone will go out and exercise for EHC and reconvene online in the afternoon for an after party.

We encourage you to post photos of yourself exercising on the day with the hashtag #C4S2021 on social media.

You have two registration options this year. General registration is $45 and comes with a goody bag. VIP registration is $85, and you will get an enhanced goody bag.

Exercising with a physically distanced group? You can create a team. Want to supercharge your fundraising? Why not create a fundraising team?

You can also buy a Cycle for Sight registration as a giftfor someone else or donate to Cycle for Sight.

We can’t wait to hear how you’re going to participate.

RSVP for Cycle For Sight by April 15

Help Your Favorite Holman Prize Candidate Advance to the Semifinals

Help Your Favorite Holman Prize Candidate Advance to the Semifinals

Submissions for the 2021 Holman Prize for Blind Ambition have now closed and now you can help your favorite advance to the semifinals as the People’s Choice Semifinalist. The person with the most likes on their YouTube video will automatically advance to the semifinals and have a chance to compete to become a finalist.

Watch the 2021 Holman Prize Candidate Playlist and Vote Today!