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

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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February is Low Vision Month

Maximize your vision with our Rehabilitation Services

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EXPLORE OUR LIBRARY

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

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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!

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Dr. Lisa Limtiaco is a low vision optometrist at Dr. Richlin, OD & Associates in Beverly Hills, CA. She shared with us why she continues to refer patients to Braille Institute:
“Braille Institute has helped [my patient] tremendously in terms of just staying independent, staying hopeful, and connecting to other people, to your social workers and vision rehabilitation experts, to various assistive technology devices, but primarily just connecting to the right people to keep her hopeful.”
We believe that everyone can learn to live well with vision loss — and we’re here to help you on that journey. Visit our website today with the link in our bio to learn more about the FREE services we offer.
Image Description: The left side of the graphic features a headshot of Dr. Lisa Limtiaco. On the right side is the Braille Institute logo and Dr. Limtiaco’s testimonial in white text on an ink blue background.

Dr. Lisa Limtiaco is a low vision optometrist at Dr. Richlin, OD & Associates in Beverly Hills, CA. She shared with us why she continues to refer patients to Braille Institute:

“Braille Institute has helped [my patient] tremendously in terms of just staying independent, staying hopeful, and connecting to other people, to your social workers and vision rehabilitation experts, to various assistive technology devices, but primarily just connecting to the right people to keep her hopeful.”

We believe that everyone can learn to live well with vision loss — and we’re here to help you on that journey. Visit our website today with the link in our bio to learn more about the FREE services we offer.

Image Description: The left side of the graphic features a headshot of Dr. Lisa Limtiaco. On the right side is the Braille Institute logo and Dr. Limtiaco’s testimonial in white text on an ink blue background.
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We’re excited to share that we’ll be presenting on our Atkinson Hyperlegible Font at the upcoming 2024 California State University Northridge (CSUN) Assistive Technology Conference! Atkinson Hyperlegible is a typeface created with Applied Design — and unlike most fonts, it’s designed uniquely for low vision users. Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Sandy Shin and Lead Low Vision Occupational Therapist, Kathryn Scheuring, OTR/L, CLVT will present on the font on Tuesday, March 19 at 10.20 am. If you’re curious about how Atkinson Hyperlegible  is breaking barriers in accessibility, you won’t want to miss it.
Registration to attend the conference is open until March 12! Find more information on their website with the link in our bio.
Image Description: The top half of the image features the Braille Institute logo and white text on an ink blue background that says: Join us at this year's conference to learn about Atkinson Hyperlegible: A Uniquely Accessible Font. The bottom half of the image features the logo for the 39th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference taking place March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott.
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We’re excited to share that we’ll be presenting on our Atkinson Hyperlegible Font at the upcoming 2024 California State University Northridge (CSUN) Assistive Technology Conference! Atkinson Hyperlegible is a typeface created with Applied Design — and unlike most fonts, it’s designed uniquely for low vision users. Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Sandy Shin and Lead Low Vision Occupational Therapist, Kathryn Scheuring, OTR/L, CLVT will present on the font on Tuesday, March 19 at 10.20 am. If you’re curious about how Atkinson Hyperlegible is breaking barriers in accessibility, you won’t want to miss it.

Registration to attend the conference is open until March 12! Find more information on their website with the link in our bio.

Image Description: The top half of the image features the Braille Institute logo and white text on an ink blue background that says: Join us at this year`s conference to learn about Atkinson Hyperlegible: A Uniquely Accessible Font. The bottom half of the image features the logo for the 39th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference taking place March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott.

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Did you know that managing your diabetes is key to protecting your vision? Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) is an eye disease that affects people with both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Vision loss ranges from mild to severe, depending on the severity of the disease. DR develops as a result of the breakage of tiny blood vessels in the retina, usually caused by prolonged exposure to high blood sugar levels.
According to the National Eye Institute, somewhere between 40 and 45% of people with diabetes have some degree of DR (”5 Things You Should Know About Diabetic Eye Disease”). People with untreated or unmanaged diabetes are at a higher risk for developing DR and losing their vision — which is why it’s important to catch DR as early as possible and learn to manage your diabetes.
Next Tuesday, February 27 at 11:30 am Pacific Time, Dr. Martha Henao of Desert Retina Consultants is providing a FREE online Spanish presentation all about Diabetic Retinopathy. In this workshop, Dr. Henao will share all about Diabetic Retinopathy and the latest treatments. Register today with the link in our bio to secure your spot.
Image Description: Black text on a yellow background reads: Managing your diabetes is protecting your vision. Behind the text block is a landscape view slightly blurred and covered with dark patches through a simulation of Diabetic Retinopathy.

Did you know that managing your diabetes is key to protecting your vision? Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) is an eye disease that affects people with both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Vision loss ranges from mild to severe, depending on the severity of the disease. DR develops as a result of the breakage of tiny blood vessels in the retina, usually caused by prolonged exposure to high blood sugar levels.

According to the National Eye Institute, somewhere between 40 and 45% of people with diabetes have some degree of DR (”5 Things You Should Know About Diabetic Eye Disease”). People with untreated or unmanaged diabetes are at a higher risk for developing DR and losing their vision — which is why it’s important to catch DR as early as possible and learn to manage your diabetes.

Next Tuesday, February 27 at 11:30 am Pacific Time, Dr. Martha Henao of Desert Retina Consultants is providing a FREE online Spanish presentation all about Diabetic Retinopathy. In this workshop, Dr. Henao will share all about Diabetic Retinopathy and the latest treatments. Register today with the link in our bio to secure your spot.

Image Description: Black text on a yellow background reads: Managing your diabetes is protecting your vision. Behind the text block is a landscape view slightly blurred and covered with dark patches through a simulation of Diabetic Retinopathy.
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Low vision doesn’t have a minimum age requirement. While it’s true that vision loss often affects those 65 and older, people of all ages can have low vision — including kids.
If you have any questions about pediatric eye diseases, then you don’t want to miss our FREE online workshop with Dr. David Granet, a global educator and speaker specializing in pediatric ophthalmology. Join us on Thursday, February 22 at 2pm Pacific Time to hear all about the latest in pediatric eye diseases and treatments.
Register now to secure your spot with the link in our bio!
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Low vision doesn’t have a minimum age requirement. While it’s true that vision loss often affects those 65 and older, people of all ages can have low vision — including kids.

If you have any questions about pediatric eye diseases, then you don’t want to miss our FREE online workshop with Dr. David Granet, a global educator and speaker specializing in pediatric ophthalmology. Join us on Thursday, February 22 at 2pm Pacific Time to hear all about the latest in pediatric eye diseases and treatments.

Register now to secure your spot with the link in our bio!

Image Description: A young girl in a strawberry-printed dress plays with blocks on a lightbox.
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Due to current weather conditions and forecasts for the next 24 hours, a decision has been made to close the following centers for Tuesday, February 20, 2024: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Riverside, Laguna Hills, and Santa Barbara Centers. In-person classes will be canceled. Virtual classes or sessions/appointments may continue as scheduled. Please take every measure to remain safe, and we will be providing updates as we have more information.
Based on current weather forecasts, our Coachella Valley and San Diego Centers will be open on Tuesday, although we will continue to monitor the forecasts and notify employees and students at these centers should any changes become necessary.
Image Description: White text on an ink blue block states: "UPDATE: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Riverside, Laguna Hills, and Santa Barbara Centers will be CLOSED Tuesday, February 20 due to unsafe weather conditions. Stay home and stay safe!" In the background is a street flooded with heavy rainfall.

Due to current weather conditions and forecasts for the next 24 hours, a decision has been made to close the following centers for Tuesday, February 20, 2024: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Riverside, Laguna Hills, and Santa Barbara Centers. In-person classes will be canceled. Virtual classes or sessions/appointments may continue as scheduled. Please take every measure to remain safe, and we will be providing updates as we have more information.

Based on current weather forecasts, our Coachella Valley and San Diego Centers will be open on Tuesday, although we will continue to monitor the forecasts and notify employees and students at these centers should any changes become necessary.

Image Description: White text on an ink blue block states: "UPDATE: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Riverside, Laguna Hills, and Santa Barbara Centers will be CLOSED Tuesday, February 20 due to unsafe weather conditions. Stay home and stay safe!" In the background is a street flooded with heavy rainfall.
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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.