Check out these three videos starring LightHouse staff. These videos are meant to inform MUNI drivers and passengers about the needs of visually impaired riders.
The Montgomery Station is the next station to get a new street level
enclosure in San Francisco.
On Wednesday, September 9, 2009, we will close the street elevator at
Montgomery Street Station in order to replace the structure which houses
the elevator entrance on the street level. The elevator will be shut down
for approximately three and one half months during this construction–until
December 2009. People who rely on the elevators to enter and exit at
Montgomery should exit at Embarcadero Station during this period.
BART/MUNI CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
This elevator closure is part of a major project to reconstruct the street
elevator enclosures on the elevators of the BART/Muni Metro Stations at
Civic Center, Embarcadero, Montgomery, and Powell. Replacement work is
necessary to update the elevators to state standards, extend the life of
the equipment, and improve the reliability of the elevator doors.
Construction will be done one station at a time. While an individual
station is being worked on, only the street elevator at that station will
be closed. Platform elevators will normally stay in service. Station work
will proceed in the following order:
·Civic Center elevator (UN Plaza):
January 5 – April 2009–COMPLETED
·Embarcadero elevator (California / Drumm):
May – August 2009–COMPLETED
·Montgomery Street elevator (Sutter / Sansome):
September – December 2009
·Powell Street elevator (Stockton / Ellis):
January – April 2010
ALTERNATIVES TO MONTGOMERY:
While the Montgomery Street Elevator is closed, BART and Muni riders should enter and exit the systems at Embarcadero Street or Powell BART/Muni Station.
If riders are unable to proceed from Montgomery under their own power, they
can take a Muni line which stops on Market Street.
For information about the project or transit alternatives, contact the following:
BART Transit Information
(415) 989-BART / (925) 676-BART / (510) 465-BART
TTY (510) 839-2220
San Francisco 311 Customer Service Center
311 / (415) 701-2311 / TTY (415) 701-2323
You can also visit us online: www.bart.gov or www.sfmta.com.
Photo: Divina, wearing a summery dress, sits smiling with her new yellow-white retreiver.
An update from LightHouse rehab teacher, Divina Fontanilla:
I’ve had my new guide dog, Syracuse, for about 2 weeks now and we’re definetly still in our adjustment period. Caring, feeding, relieving, working and nurturing a dog is quite a responsibility . I had to prepare myself physically, mentally and emotionally before I decided that I needed a dog. Now that I have Syracuse in my life, I have no regrets–even when I have to relieve her 5-6 times a day and pick up after her. With her, I walk faster, in a straight line fearlessly. I get a lot of attention from the public as she is a very cute dog…
If you are interested in applying for a service dog, visit Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael or call the LightHouse to find programs in your area.
Senior Action Network’s Senior University is an innovative and free educational program. Senior University is a special leadership training course for seniors and persons with disabilities. The primary objective of the program is to give seniors and people with disabilities the opportunity to develop the skills and build confidence to be active community leaders. Senior University’s curriculum focuses on such topics as community organizing, leadership, lobbying and public speaking.
For the month of July, Senior Action Network will present a 4-class series on Pedestrian Safety and Right-Of-Way for Richmond Russian Speaking Resident Seniors.
Why Sidewalks and Pedestrian Safety?
The residents and merchants of Richmond district face several pedestrian safety and accessibility issues, especially along the major traffic corridors such as the Geary Blvd and Clement Street, (bicyclist not yielding to pedestrian and cars and other obstructions on the sidewalks). The goal of Senior University is to prepare Richmond Russian Speaking Resident Seniors on how to address these and other pedestrian issues.
When: Starts Tues, July 21, 2009 from 9:30 am – 2 pm
Where: Richmond YMCA, 360 – 18th Ave. / Geary
Accessible MUNI Lines: 38 Geary & 2 Clement
Russian translation provided
Lunch and snacks are provided at each class at no charge
For further information or to register please call Pi Ra, at 546-2096
Senior University Director
Senior Action Network
965 Mission St. #705
San Francisco, CA, 94103
The annual Independence Day Fireworks display and celebration on July 4th at the Aquatic Park and Fisherman’s wharf will result in temporary road closures, service changes and potential delays for public transit users. We estimate that as many as 200,000 people may attend this event. As a result, this will create temporary access barriers for people with disabilities.
SFMTA Accessible Services strongly suggests that riders with disabilities access the celebration via shuttle buses to Fisherman’s Wharf via the Embarcadero. This location has the least hilly pedestrian access and is closest point to the fireworks from Muni shuttle service.
Contact the Mayor’s Office on Disability for full details.
Last night, June 29th, marked the completion of the Sidewalks Are For Everyone Campaign in the Sunset
Between March 1 and June 30, 2009, 50 presentations were conducted in the Sunset neighborhood on the importance of keeping cars off of the sidewalk. Not only was this a successful neighborhood safety campaign by over half a dozen individuals with disabilities, but our presenters were able to enhance their public speaking skills and community ties by presenting on behalf of the project.
The LightHouse VLRC Coordinator Beth Berenson is to be applauded for bringing speakers and community groups togther for these 50 presentations!
The next round of funding for the SAFE Campaign follows a similar model, however, community presentations will not be limited to the Sunset neighborhood. They will be conducted city-wide. If you have clients or friends who you think might be good public speakers–please have them talk with Beth (415-431-1481, email@example.com).
Jessie Lorenz, LightHouse Director of Public Policy, will be on Forum (KQED 88.5) tomorrow at 9am to discuss this recent SFWeekly article about the complex issues around guide dogs, nontraditional service animals, and the concerns affecting perons with varying types of disabilties.
Listen to the show and call in or email with your comments and questions.
The podcast will be posted at this link tomorrow afternoon.
NO CURB RAMPS?
SIDEWALKS TOO NARROW?
NO DETECTABLE WARNINGS?
WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR STORIES!!
WHAT: Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) has filed a lawsuit in state and federal courts against the California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”).
WHY: Caltrans owns over 2,500 miles of sidewalks, which includes cross-walks, intersections, pedestrian overpasses and pedestrian underpasses, across the state of California. However, there are numerous reported access barriers along these sidewalks. Examples of access barriers include corners with no curb ramps, curb ramps that are too steep, poles that make the sidewalk too narrow to pass, broken and/or uneven pavement and a lack of detectable warnings (yellow domes indicating where the sidewalk ends and street begins).
WHO: The lawsuit is on behalf of all Californians with mobility and/or vision disabilities who experience access barriers along sidewalks, intersections and pedestrian overpasses and underpasses which are controlled by Caltrans.
WHERE: These lawsuits include:
•Sidewalks and intersections along and across state highways. State highways with sidewalks usually become city or town streets. They are often marked by a state highway sign.
•Sidewalks over or under state highways. Pedestrian overpasses or underpasses are sidewalks along bridges which pass over a freeway or sidewalks along streets which pass under a freeway.
HOW: If you would like to share your experiences about access to sidewalks, intersections or pedestrian overpasses and underpasses covered by this lawsuit, or if you would like to find out which sidewalks in your area are covered by this lawsuit, please contact us. Even if you previously talked to us, please give us your updates. You can contact us by calling 510-665-8644 (ask for Haley or Katie) or by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Disability Rights Advocates
2001 Center Street, Fourth Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
Catch Jessie Lorenz, LightHouse Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, on Access SF. She is being interviewed about the Sidewalks Are For Everyone campaign.
The program airs this Saturday, February 21 at noon on Channel 29. It will also be simulcast on the web at www.accessf.org/guide/watch/.
Access SF 1 is San Francisco’s award-winning public access television channel. Programming is provided by San Francisco residents and nonprofit organizations on a first-come, first-served basis. The channel features programming reflecting San Francisco’s diverse communities and cultures.
Join us in paving the way for pedestrian safety – Attend a Speaker’s Training!
February 17, 2009 9:00 to 3:00
Senior Action Network
965 Mission Street, Ste 705 (Between 5th and 6th)
San Francisco CA