Coachella Valley | Classes

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On-Site Classes

We look forward to welcoming students back to our centers, however please note the new safety protocols below that are required. Only students with scheduled classes or appointments may visit the centers on the appointed days.

New Safety Protocols For In-Person Visits To Braille Institute Center*

  • All students, library patrons and volunteers must be fully vaccinated. Definition of “fully vaccinated” is having received both shots of a two-dose vaccination series (Pfizer or Moderna) or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine AND received a booster once “booster-eligible.” Booster-eligible is defined as 6 months after the second dose for Pfizer or Moderna or 2 months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • All students must provide proof of full vaccination status prior to registering for classes.
  • All persons must wear face covering upon entering and while in the building. The face covering must be a surgical grade,
    N95 or KN95 mask.
  • No more than one additional person may escort student/patron to the center.
  • Please stay home if you are feeling ill or exhibiting any symptoms (cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, fever, chils, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, body aches, diarrhea, nausea vomiting, etc.).

Students and patrons who are unable to meet the guidelines above can continue to receive services and support through our remote capabilities as an alternative option.

*Safety protocols may be subject to change based on updated recommendations and guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local county health organizations.

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Remote Classes

You can attend “live and online” classes and workshops remotely from the comfort of your home. We utilize the Microsoft Teams platform for our distance learning classes which you can attend using your computer, tablet, smartphone or traditional phone.

How Does It Work?
Braille Institute will provide you with an online link or phone number that will be used to connect to your specific class or workshop. Each session is live so you have the ability to speak with the instructor and other participants. If you need assistance or training with using Microsoft Teams, you can view helpful videos on our website at brailleinstitute.org/remote-services or call the center at 1-800-BRAILLE to schedule 1-1 help from a technology specialist. All services are free of charge.

Braille Institute Classes
Classes are held over multiple weeks during the semester period and attended weekly. Classes are for individuals who are presently students of Braille Institute. In order to become a student, you must complete a low vision assessment or have been on-boarded by a Braille Institute Intake Specialist. Classes are offered by each of the seven Braille Institute centers with some classes being held in-person at the center and other held remotely which are attended by phone, computer or smartphone.

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Clases Remota en Español

On-Site Classess

On-Site classes are held in person over multiple weeks during the semester period and attended weekly. Classes are for individuals who are presently students of Braille Institute. In order to become a student, you must complete a low vision assessment or have been on-boarded by a Braille Institute Intake Specialist.

To register for classes at Coachella Valley, contact the Administrator at 760-321-1111.

Life Skills

Daily Living Skills

4-week series. On-site enrollment limited to 8. Learn how to maintain an independent lifestyle.

Tuesdays
10 – 11:00 am
Leticia H.
On-Site

Introduction to Cooking with Low Vision

4-week series. Hybrid class; On-Site enrollment limited to 2, remote enrollment limited to 4. Learn basic skills and techniques so you can be independent in the kitchen.

Wednesdays
10 – 11:30 am
Leticia H.
On-Site /Hybrid

Remote Class Descriptions

Life Skills

Learn simple adaptive techniques to support activities of daily living so you can feel more confident and address your most fundamental needs.

Personal Management & Sensory Awareness

Remote enrollment limited to 8.
Learn skills to; apply your makeup, handle money, do household chores, and maintain hygiene. This class will also “practice” your senses using taste and smell, touch, and hearing to help you navigate your world

Cooking with Ease

Remote enrollment limited to 15.
Learn how to use different appliances, meal prep, one-pan dinners, meals in a mug, along with safety tips and hacks.

Introduction to Cooking with Low Vision

4-week series. Hybrid class; On-Site enrollment limited to 2, remote enrollment limited to 4. Learn basic skills and techniques so you can be independent in the kitchen.

Healthy Living & Wellbeing

Support Connections

Remote enrollment limited to 8.
If you are still working or have recently left the workforce and are coping with vision loss and how to maintain your social, work and dating life, you are not alone. Join this group to support each other while sharing your successes and failures in facing day to day challenges while living with vision loss.

Vision Loss INSIGHT

Remote enrollment limited to 10. Meet new people and re-connect with others who are all experiencing vision loss. This weekly group shares insights from their common experiences while finding encouragement from one another. Connecting with others who are facing the same challenges can help support you while learning to live with vision loss.

BeMoved – A Dance Fitness Experience

Remote enrollment limited to 10. Enjoy a dance fitness class designed for abilities of all levels. It is a full-body workout that is gentle on the body, easy to follow, and makes you feel beautiful. No dance experience necessary…you will love it!

Remote Class Schedule

No Monday Classes

Tuesdays

BeMoved – A Dance Fitness Experience

10 – 11:30 am
Joanie B. & Miriam
Teams

Wednesdays

Introduction to Cooking with Low Vision

10 – 11:30 am
Leticia H.
Hybrid – On-Site/Teams

Support Connections

1 – 2:00 pm
Stella & Leticia H.
Teams

Thursdays

Vision Loss INSIGHT

10 – 11:00 am
Tom S. & Kimberly
Teams

Personal Management & Sensory Awareness

10 – 11:00 am
Leticia H.
Teams

Cooking with Ease

1 – 2:30 pm
Leticia H.
Teams

Grupo de Apoyo facilitado por Hispanohablantes en Asociación con Joslyn Wellness Center

3:15 – 4:30 pm
Gladys & Kimberly
Teams

No Friday Classes

Clases Remota en Español

VIDA SALUDABLE Y BIENESTAR

Grupo de Apoyo facilitado por Hispanohablantes en Asociación con Joslyn Wellness

Grupo de discusión facilitado en cómo avanzar en la vida con la visión disminuida. Los temas incluyen conducir el bastón blanco, ansiedad / angustia, hablar con la familia, sobrellevar la situación y cualquier problema de pérdida de la visión que le preocupe. El facilitador capacitado profesionalmente lo ayudará a encontrar soluciones para sobrellevar eficazmente su pérdida de visión.

Para registrarse a clases en Coachella Valley llame la oficina de registro al 760-321-1111.

Los jueves
3:15 – 4:30 pm
Gladys & Kimberly
Teams