In recent months, the Lighthouse has embarked on an exciting new endeavor—hosting webinars to educate and engage with the community in a more profound way. These webinars aim to provide outreach beyond the Lighthouse’s internal services.

Expanding Community Outreach

The Lighthouse, known for our dedication to serving employees, has taken a step forward by venturing into community-facing initiatives. Webinars emerged as a means to accomplish this goal. By utilizing this digital platform, the Lighthouse team can transcend regional and geographic boundaries, connecting with individuals from all over the country, and even internationally. These webinars have become an integral part of the Lighthouse’s outreach strategy, as knowledge sharing and community building.

Our webinars have been met with incredible enthusiasm and engagement, reaching over 300 individuals from across the country and internationally. The reach of these webinars extends even further, as the recorded sessions have garnered over 1100 views. This impressive viewership showcases the growing interest and impact of these webinars, reaching individuals not only during live broadcasts but also through the recorded content. It is a testament to the valuable information and diverse topics covered, capturing the attention and appreciation of the blind and visually impaired community, as well as professionals in related fields.

Long-Term Commitment

The success of the webinars has led to a decision to continue this initiative well into the future. Thanks to a grant from King County, the Lighthouse received startup funds to support this initiative, including necessary equipment and staff.

Topics and Guest Selection

Choosing compelling and relevant topics is a priority for the Lighthouse team, led by Tim Paulding, ECS Services and Instructional Manager. Collaborating with Everett Elam, a dynamic computer instructor, they brainstorm ideas that haven’t been extensively covered within the realm of assistive technology for individuals who are blind. By exploring unique and niche subjects, they are able to offer fresh insights that captivate attendees. Furthermore, the team has found that having knowledgeable guests, particularly those who are blind experts in their field, enhances the webinars’ appeal. These guests provide specific expertise, enriching the experience and making each webinar memorable.

Impact and Future Plans

The webinars have received positive responses, with participants expressing enthusiasm and gratitude for the knowledge and connections fostered through these sessions. The Lighthouse team has also received valuable feedback through post-webinar surveys, which further informs their planning process.

Upcoming Topics:

There is an exciting lineup of topics to look forward to! Future talks will delve into the world of technology and accessibility, providing valuable insights and information.

One of the topics on the horizon is the exploration of apps that utilize LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) for enhanced wayfinding and mobility. This cutting-edge technology holds the potential to revolutionize navigation for individuals with visual impairments.

Additionally, we will shed light on the accessibility of home health aids, apps, and resources, addressing the specific needs of the blind community.

Another highly anticipated webinar will feature a demonstration of Windows 11 and its accessibility features, ensuring that participants stay updated with the latest advancements.

Lastly, we will showcase accessible apps and services that leverage the power of artificial intelligence (AI), opening up new possibilities for inclusivity and independence.

These diverse and forward-thinking topics promise to engage and empower attendees, providing valuable knowledge and resources for the blind community.