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Free Classes and Services for Those with Low Vision to No Vision

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At Braille Institute, we have always provided 100% FREE services for people of all ages who are experiencing vision loss. Through our individual and small groups programs, students and patrons learn new ways to do the things they love.

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EXPLORE OUR LIBRARY

Our Library for the Visually Impaired includes Braille Books, Audio Books, Digital Books, Computers, and more!

GET INVOLVED WITH BRAILLE INSTITUTE


Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively transform the lives of those with vision loss. Braille Institute serves thousands of visually impaired and blind people through a variety of free programs, classes and services at centers and community outreach locations throughout Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego counties!

SERVICES

Services

Explore our free programs & services provided online, by phone and in-person.

GIVE

Giving

Donate today to immediately help those who need it most. Because of donors our services have always been free!

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers

Get involved and make a difference at any one of our 7 centers located throughout Southern California.

Your contribution to the 2024 Annual Fund campaign ensures we can continue offering life-changing classes and services to adults and children living with vision loss — all at no cost to them. Make a special gift today and help empower our students and patrons to live with no boundaries in sight. Give link in bio.
#BrailleInstitute #NoBoundariesInSight #LowVision #Blind
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Your contribution to the 2024 Annual Fund campaign ensures we can continue offering life-changing classes and services to adults and children living with vision loss — all at no cost to them. Make a special gift today and help empower our students and patrons to live with no boundaries in sight. Give link in bio.

#BrailleInstitute #NoBoundariesInSight #LowVision #Blind

Image Description: Image of a seated child using a Perkins brailler.
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If you're grappling with a sudden bout of fear, anger, or sadness - it's all perfectly normal and valid.
Providing a compassionate space to help our students urgently deal with emotions that vision loss regularly puts them through is important to us at Braille Institute.
Our doors are open to one-on-one counseling sessions, where you can speak openly with empathetic professionals about the complex emotions that come with vision loss. 
We provide a safe, judgment-free zone that allows you to voice your fears, anxieties, and frustrations while receiving personalized guidance and coping strategies. Whether you're looking for one-on-one counseling, a supportive group setting, or both, we're committed to providing the emotional resources you need to navigate this transition with courage and hope. 
Reach out to us via our website today (link in bio).
#LowVision #VisionLoss #LivingWithVisionLoss #Blindness #EyeHealth #AccessibleLiving #DisabilityAwareness #AbilityNotDisability

If you`re grappling with a sudden bout of fear, anger, or sadness - it`s all perfectly normal and valid.

Providing a compassionate space to help our students urgently deal with emotions that vision loss regularly puts them through is important to us at Braille Institute.

Our doors are open to one-on-one counseling sessions, where you can speak openly with empathetic professionals about the complex emotions that come with vision loss.

We provide a safe, judgment-free zone that allows you to voice your fears, anxieties, and frustrations while receiving personalized guidance and coping strategies. Whether you`re looking for one-on-one counseling, a supportive group setting, or both, we`re committed to providing the emotional resources you need to navigate this transition with courage and hope.

Reach out to us via our website today (link in bio).

#LowVision #VisionLoss #LivingWithVisionLoss #Blindness #EyeHealth #AccessibleLiving #DisabilityAwareness #AbilityNotDisability
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Everyone will be out and about this summer so if you're one of them, let's talk personal safety.
Knowing how to protect yourself will always be an advantage to help you move through tasks and places confidently and securely.
Here are 5 vital safety tips to help you or your loved ones living with vision loss stay secure:
▪️ Heighten your other senses — listen for telling sounds and detect any unique smells to help you detect any potential danger and stay oriented, especially in unfamiliar places.
▪️ Carry a mobility device like a cane or guide dog that can work as a self-defense weapon if needed.
▪️It's never a bad idea to take customized self-defense from a certified instructor to boost your confidence in protecting yourself.
▪️Regularly check in with your family and friends especially when traveling or exploring new places.
Stay safe and enjoy the summer with confidence!
Learn more about our programs and resources via the Braille Institute website (link in bio).
#BrailleInstitute #VisionLoss #SafetyTips #SelfDefense #Independence #VisuallyImpaired #SummerSafety

Everyone will be out and about this summer so if you`re one of them, let`s talk personal safety.

Knowing how to protect yourself will always be an advantage to help you move through tasks and places confidently and securely.

Here are 5 vital safety tips to help you or your loved ones living with vision loss stay secure:

▪️ Heighten your other senses — listen for telling sounds and detect any unique smells to help you detect any potential danger and stay oriented, especially in unfamiliar places.

▪️ Carry a mobility device like a cane or guide dog that can work as a self-defense weapon if needed.

▪️It`s never a bad idea to take customized self-defense from a certified instructor to boost your confidence in protecting yourself.

▪️Regularly check in with your family and friends especially when traveling or exploring new places.

Stay safe and enjoy the summer with confidence!

Learn more about our programs and resources via the Braille Institute website (link in bio).

#BrailleInstitute #VisionLoss #SafetyTips #SelfDefense #Independence #VisuallyImpaired #SummerSafety
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If you're struggling to read print materials or having challenges with everyday tasks like reading labels or recognizing faces, our Low Vision Rehabilitation Specialists can help.
We believe vision loss doesn't have to mean losing your independence or giving up the activities you love. 
You'll get a comprehensive assessment to understand your specific needs and capabilities and learn practical techniques for maximizing your remaining vision through ideal lighting, contrast, and glare control.
Access to our semester-long classes and ongoing workshops also connects you with a supportive community, helping you gain the confidence to live independently and continue pursuing your passions.
Schedule a FREE personal consultation via our website (link in bio).
#LowVisionSupport #Independence #BrailleInstitute #LowVision #VisionLoss #LivingWithVisionLoss #Blindness #EyeHealth

If you`re struggling to read print materials or having challenges with everyday tasks like reading labels or recognizing faces, our Low Vision Rehabilitation Specialists can help.

We believe vision loss doesn`t have to mean losing your independence or giving up the activities you love.

You`ll get a comprehensive assessment to understand your specific needs and capabilities and learn practical techniques for maximizing your remaining vision through ideal lighting, contrast, and glare control.

Access to our semester-long classes and ongoing workshops also connects you with a supportive community, helping you gain the confidence to live independently and continue pursuing your passions.

Schedule a FREE personal consultation via our website (link in bio).

#LowVisionSupport #Independence #BrailleInstitute #LowVision #VisionLoss #LivingWithVisionLoss #Blindness #EyeHealth
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OUR STORIES


Braille Institute is a community of individuals who are sighted, blind or have low vision. Every day throughout the country, we work together to empower people who live with vision loss.

These are our stories.

BRAILLE INSTITUTE LOCATIONS

We offer programs and services in-person, by phone and remotely online. Appointments and/or student registration are required to visit a center. Center libraries are open to walk-ins during business hours. Los Angeles Vistas Store is open to walk-ins during business hours.

Anaheim

527 North Dale Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92801

Coachella Valley

74-245 Highway 111 #E101
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Laguna Hills

24411 Ridge Route Drive #130
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Los Angeles

741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Riverside

6974 Brockton Avenue #100
Riverside, CA 92506

San Diego

9635 Granite Ridge Dr. #130
San Diego, CA 92123

Santa Barbara

2031 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Non-Discrimination Statement

Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively transform the lives of those with vision loss. Braille Institute serves more than 37,000 people through a variety of free programs, classes and services at centers and community outreach locations throughout Southern California – from Santa Barbara to San Diego counties.

Braille Institute admits students and clients of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, religion and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students and clients of Braille Institute. We do not discriminate against the foregoing in the administration of any of our policies or programs.