214 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Civic Center/Tenderloin, Parkside/Forest Hill
Days and Hours Of Operation
Mon–Fri 8:30am–5pm; Adaptations store: Mon–Fri 11am–6pm, 1st and 3rd Sat 10am–4pm
6 and up
The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (The LightHouse) serves blind and visually impaired children and adults in the community.
Programs for youth ages 6 to 21 are held during afterschool hours and weekends. The LightHouse coordinates sports and recreational activities (skiing, rock climbing, swimming, horseback riding, biking, and more), cooking, and field trips to museums and cultural events. Programs for teens include: computer classes, youth dances, youth summits with other organizations, paid and unpaid internship opportunities, and career counseling.
In the summer, The LightHouse offers day camps in the City in a partnership with SF Recreation and Park's Project Insight program. Day camps are divided into two groups, kids ages 6 to 12, and 13 to 19. The LightHouse also offers family and sleepaway camps at Enchanted Hills Camp near Napa Valley. Enchanted Hills is one of only two camps in the country that serve the blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind, and multi-disabled children.
2012 Enchanted Hills Camp Summer Sessions:
- Family Camps (17 or younger): June 20–June 23, July 11–July 14, July 24–July 27
- Youth Session (grades 3–8): July 15–July 21
- Teen School (grades 9–12): July 28–August 3
- Chemistry Camp (14 to 18): May 3–May 5; contact Angela Fowler at (530) 902-0987
Address: 3410 Mount Veeder Road, Napa, CA
Cost: varies by camp
The LightHouse runs an online store plus a brick-and-mortar store, called Adaptations, located at the Van Ness headquarters. They carry adaptive aids, mobility tools, appliances, software, and more.
Most services are FREE.
English, Spanish, Filipino (Tagalog)
The LightHouse headquarters is located on Van Ness between Hayes and Grove. Moderate metered and street parking.
Muni: 21, 47, 49
The Enchanted Hills Camp is located off of Highway 29, north of Napa Valley. From Highway 29, take the Redwood Road/Trancas exit and make a left on Redwood Road.