Child Development Program

August is Child Development Month at Braille!

Braille Institute’s Child Development Program is committed to letting kids (ages 0-6) be kids and helping them grow up to reach their full potential, regardless of their visual impairment. We believe parents are their child’s most valuable teacher and advocate. Our goal is to assist parents in locating resources and support to maximize their child’s growth and development.

We help families see beyond sight loss and focus on the bright future ahead.

Call us to learn more 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553), Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT.

Our Child Development Consultants:

  • Make home visits
  • Attend medical visits
  • Connect you with resources in your community
  • Consult with community infant and preschool programs
  • Explore social experiences with your child outside of the home
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Read our brochure about the Child Development Program

We also host a variety of opportunities for parents and caregivers to get together with educators, medical experts, and each other.

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Tori Schladen

AUGUST 3, 2021 (4-5pm PT) Partners for Pediatric Vision will present on low vision and resources for children with low vision.  Speakers: Tori Schladen, Dr. Diane Christian, and Keith Christian. REGISTER HERE

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Dr. Diane Christian
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Keith Christian

AUGUST 10, 2021 (4-5pm PT) Orientation and Mobility for young students.  BIA O&M  REGISTER HERE

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Bill Takeshita

AUGUST 10, 2021 Retinal Detachment in Young Children: Dr. Bill Takeshita 7-8 p.m.  Dial-in information to join below:

+1 323-433-2244 United States, Los Angeles (Toll) (844) 644-7492 United States (Toll-free) Conference ID: 570 466 849#

AUGUST 17, 2021 Yanci Munoz, Reader Advisor & Kids Activities Team Member, Library Services.  An overview of Library Services and how to access books and materials from the Library. REGISTER HERE.

AUGUST 18, 2021 TASK, Team of Advocates for Special Kids, will provide a training on school assessments in both English and Spanish. (Proceso de Evaluación Presentado por TASK)

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Joseph Burton

AUGUST 24, 2021 (4-5pm PT) Joseph Burton, President of Hearts for Sight, a non-profit organization with the mission to break down barriers to health and fitness that restrict the blind and visually impaired, so that they may pursue physical, mental, and emotional wellness. REGISTER HERE.

AUGUST 31, 2021 Madeliene Hernandez, Youth Services Program, Youth Services Los Angeles. REGISTER HERE.

AUGUST 18, 2021 Beach Day Parent Group: Virtual Beach day for the students, with water pails and kinetic sand.

Connect with other families and caregivers to socialize and broaden your support network with our list.

Monthly educational series by specialists and pediatric optometrists provide a wide range of topics including eye exams, encouraging visual stimulation, and a whole lot more. We also offer tips on ophthalmologist visits and visual simulation exercises.

We are currently broadcasting the Dr. Bill Takeshita Telephone Education Series for families of young children with visual impairment and their early intervention/education team.

This program is designed to increase braille literacy and foster a love of reading by providing blind and visually impaired children with FREE braille books and storybook kits throughout the year.

Any child who is visually impaired living in the United States or Canada is eligible to receive books from the Special Collection. VI teachers or educators may also subscribe to our Special Collection through our program: Partners in Literacy.

Visit Special Collection for more information and to subscribe.

We can also introduce you to other services offered by the organization including our Library services and our Youth Program (ages 7-19), which can continue to help your child reach their fullest potential after they have finished the Child Development Program.

Contact Us and/or Refer a Child

A parent/caregiver can refer a child/family to Braille Institute Child Development Services by calling (323) 906-3112, or by entering their information below: