|Photo: Terry Kebbel (2nd from right) and his wife (right) stand in the|
doorway to the Lighthouse Kebbel Family Tech Lab
On Friday, May 6, 2016, just a few days from officially opening, I was privileged to take a pre-opening tour of the new San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired with Executive Director Bryan Bashin.
The newly expanded location at 1155 Market Street occupies 3 floors and is designed by and for people who are blind and visually impaired so that they can fully participate in the 21st century. There is specially designed lighting in each work area as well as soundproofing within rooms to enhance audio interactions. Handrails at stairways are both ergonomic and visually pleasing. The multipurpose meeting space includes all the latest technical features including state of the art cameras, microphones, and window shades, to benefit every participant. The Wi-Fi network was so fast that when I updated the applications on my iphone it was almost instantaneous!
Of special interest to me and my family are the three “Kebbel Family Tech Labs”. These labs have been equipped with the latest adaptive technology to assist people who are blind or visually impaired. The labs will have a wide variety of equipment that trainers will use to customize programs that meet the specific needs of each client in a room that is designed for minimum sound interference.
Terry also contributes to www.blindnotalone.com