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.

Art

The arts not only fulfill the important and fundamental human need for creative expression, but they are also a powerful way to develop tactile and problem-solving skills; they stimulate and maintain visual memory and promote self-confidence.

Basketry

Fridays 10 – 11:30 am

Learn to weave baskets from rope and yarn! Great for gifts and around
the house.

Cooking

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

Introduction to Cooking with Low Vision – Hybrid

Tuesdays 10 – 11:30 am

Through descriptive instructions learn microwave cooking techniques to prepare healthy and simple recipes safely and successfully. A great way to practice your cooking skills without using a stove.

Life Skills

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

Independent Living Skills & Sensory Awareness

Tuesdays 1 – 2 pm

Learn simple solutions to help better manage everyday tasks, including instruction in personal care, organizing, shopping, cooking, home safety, and maintenance. “Practice” your senses using taste and smell, touch and hearing to help you navigate your world.

Going Shopping Again

Wednesdays 10 am
These six classes will be virtual on 9/14, 9/28, 11/2 and 11/30. Off-Site trips to the store will be on 10/19 and 11/16.

Ramp back up to making independent trips to go shopping in person again. Learn how to best coordinate a trip to the grocery store. There will be one trip with Instructor assistance and then one trip you make on your own. Learn how to shop from home as well.

Orientation & Mobility

Orientation & Mobility Basics

Monthly on Mondays 9 – 10:30 am  

Learn how to get and use a white cane, fall prevention and navigating where you want to go.

Remote Class Descriptions

Technology & Communications

Whatever your degree of vision loss there is technology to help you live with greater ease. Discover how to use the latest and most user-friendly devices and apps through one-on-one training at Connection Pointe.

Apps Designed for the Blind

Tuesdays 10 – 11 am

Remote enrollment limited to 8.
Come learn about apps for the iPhone and iPad designed specifically with blind and visually impaired people in mind.

Tech News and Support

Wednesdays 2 – 3:00 pm

This is a weekly virtual computer lab with guided topics and discussions regulated, driven, and supported by your Connection Pointe team. Participants have the opportunity for training, to share information, and support one another. The focus will be on technology and accessibility.

Cooking

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

Introduction to Cooking with Low Vision

Tuesdays 10 – 11:30 am

Through descriptive instructions learn microwave cooking techniques to prepare healthy and simple recipes safely and successfully. A great way to practice your cooking skills without using a stove.

Cooking with Ease

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm

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

Reading and Writing

Not being able to read or write standard print does not need to be a barrier to accessing literature or nonfiction. We have classes that encourage exploring audio books and learning the braille code, which enables you to continue enjoying books, magazines and newspapers.

Braille 101

One-on-one lessons only

Covers alphabet, numbers, punctuation, and abbreviations. Braille Reading and Writing is taught in 20–30-minute one-on-one lessons only.

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

DATE TBD

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.

Health and Wellness

There is evidence that it is healing to mind, body and spirit when we share and connect with others who are experiencing and adjusting to vision loss. Our support groups and classes teach coping strategies and techniques to relax and better manage stress.

Support Connections

Wednesdays 1 – 2 pm

Still working or have recently left the workforce? This group and supports each other in coping with vision loss and how to maintain your social, work and dating live.

Vision Loss INSIGHT

Thursdays 10 – 11 am

Connecting with others who are facing the same challenges can help support you while learning to live with vision loss.

Yoga/Meditation

Mondays 10 – 2 pm

A program for your health and well being to increase flexibility, coordination, and yoga breathing exercises.

Clases en Línea en Español

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

Los jueves 3:15 – 4:30 pm

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.

Remote Class Schedule

Mondays

Yoga/Meditation

10 – 2 pm
Michael
Teams

Tuesdays

Apps Designed for the Blind

10 – 11 am
Kelly
Teams

Introduction to Cooking with Low Vision

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

Wednesdays

Going Shopping Again

10:00 am
Leticia H.
Hybrid / Off-Site

These six classes will be virtual on Teams on September 14, September 28, November 02, and November 30. Off-site trips to the store will be on October 19 and November 16.

Support Connections

1 – 2:00 pm
Stella & Leticia H.
Teams

Tech News and Support

2 – 3:00 pm
Kelly
Teams

Thursdays

Vision Loss INSIGHT

10 – 11:00 am
Tom & Griselda
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