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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.

To register for classes at Los Angeles, contact the Registrar at 323-906-3182.

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Clases Remota en Español

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.

Home Organization

Learn how to make your home a safe and welcoming haven with tips and adaptive techniques for better organization and maintenance.

Independent Living Skills

Learn simple solutions to help better manage everyday tasks; including instruction in personal care, organizing, shopping, cooking, home safety and maintenance.

Memory Enhancement

Understand how your memory functions, master techniques for improving your brain’s ability to recall information and learn strategies to help you improve focus when can’t rely on your vision to help you recall where you left your keys!

Sensory Awareness

Learn techniques to enhance your senses and more consciously apply them in your daily routines.

Rights & Resources

There are many social service agencies and non-profits offering support to address a myriad of needs. Come discover which resources are available to you in your community.

Technology

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.

Beginner Keyboarding

Learn touch typing skills and proper finger placements techniques as we also enhance your accuracy and speed with typing. We will also explore common mistakes made while typing and how we can avoid them with proper techniques.

Deep Dive into iPhone / iPad

Ever wonder what the apps that come with your iPhone or iPad can do? How about taking control of the settings to customize your device based on your needs. Join us as we take a deep dive on everything that comes with your device.

Enter the Virtual World with Microsoft Teams

Learn how to navigate and connect to Braille Institute classes and workshops using Microsoft Teams. We will discuss all the important features on Teams and their locations on this platform. Whether it be on a smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer, we will build the students’ knowledge and skill with this communication tool.

Exploring Accessible Games

We’re going to introduce what accessible games are and how to play them using voiceover. Each week we will introduce a new game and show you what you need to learn before you can play that game.

Social Networking

Explore social networking as we cover everything from Facebook, Twitter, What’s App, Telegram to LinkedIn.

Technology News & Support Group

This is a weekly virtual computer lab with guided topics and discussions moderated, 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.

VoiceOver for the Apple Computer

Are you interested in learning how to navigate your Apple computer with VoiceOver? Join us as we discover how text, buttons, images and more are converted to audio. We’ll review basic navigation skills, commands, shortcuts and adjusting the VoiceOver settings to personalize your experience.

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.

Book Club

Mysteries, memoir, contemporary and classic fiction, come read audio and braille books, in various genres and discuss their themes and the art of writing.

Braille Reading and Writing

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

Creative Writing

Find your creative voice and build confidence while expressing your thoughts and ideas in your own way. This class aids in daily living skills, builds community, and empowers through sharing stories and one’s feelings.

Library 101

Each class will focus on one or two areas of a library service or resource. Topics include books on demand, tips for using the digital player, the online catalog and more.

Cooking

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

Beginning Adaptive Cooking

Through demonstration and descriptive instructions, learn adaptive cooking techniques to prepare simple recipes safely and successfully.

Advanced Adaptive Cooking: Cooking Around the World

Through demonstrations and descriptive instructions, apply your more advanced cooking skills and take a culinary trip and explore new recipes and cuisines.

Instant Pot Cooking: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Through demonstrations, preparing simple recipes, and descriptive instructions, learn how to use this flexible multi-cooker whose functions include slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker and steamer features.

Living with Diabetes Support Group

A class on eating well and making healthier food choices to help control blood sugar. This class also allows peers to share how they navigate diabetes with low or no vision.

Microwave Cooking

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.

Microwave/Convection Oven Cooking

Learn how to best use these handy kitchen appliances for fast, efficient, and tasty food preparation.

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.

Advanced Basketry

Building on past experiences with basket weaving, students will move forward in their skills and make baskets without using the solid bases typically used in the classroom for beginners. Students will receive a kit with spokes and weavers to use, and seize the opportunity to make coiled-style baskets using thicker coil.

Art & Reading

Students will create art projects based on assigned readings available on BARD. Students may seek assistance from the Braille Institute Library to access braille and audiobooks on BARD.

Art & Text

Discussion of the history and the production of text-based art making practices inspiring students to create their own message and their own graphic/tactile letter forms.

Art Lab: Independent Study

Independent study for experienced students with general guidance from the instructor. Students will select projects and participate in constructive critiques. Students will benefit most by using the video camera feature of Microsoft Teams. Students who have taken at least one year of Braille Institute art courses will be prioritized for enrollment.

Art Speak

Virtual field trips to exhibitions, artist’s studios and artist’s talks of exploring the work and creative process of contemporary living artists.

Upcycling

Learn about artists who use unusual, discarded, found and/or everyday materials in their artwork. Students will amass their own collections of such things and create their own unique artworks.

Music

Our music classes can help students acquire new skills and build upon past experiences with music. With subjects including music performance, theory and analysis, digital production, and listening/appreciation, music classes offer something for music lovers of all
skill levels.

Advanced Piano

Learn chord inversions and advanced scaled to perform a greater variety of music. Learn basic music theory and ear training to learn how to identify song keys, melodies, and chords.

American Music

Listen and Learn about music from the many regions of the United States. From Hawaiian to Zydeco to Gospel, 14 wonderful styles await!

Blues Listening

A rich and diverse musical genre and form incorporating spirituals, work songs, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. Learn about the history and different styles.

International Music

Listen and Learn about music from all around the world.

Music Creation with GarageBand App – Beginners

Learn how to use GarageBand, a free professional music app for iPhone users. Students will use this VoiceOver-friendly app to compose, record, mix and master songs. Having an iPhone is required.

Music Creation with GarageBand App – Advanced

Learn how to use GarageBand, a free professional music app for iPhone users. Students will use this VoiceOver-friendly app to compose, record, mix and master songs. Having an iPhone is required and students must have completed a past “Garageband” class.

Music Fundamentals

Singers and instrumentalists learn basic music theory on their own instruments.

Piano Basics

Learn/strengthen finger movement and placement; understand notes and chords and basic scales. Students will be able to follow the instructor with basic melodies and tunes.

Playing the Blues

Learn what the Blues are and how to improvise on blues changes.

Rock Legends

Unforgettable and mythic artists, come learn more about the people and music that make Rock & Roll so exciting.

Song Form Analysis

Analyze different songs and their form/movement; identifying intro, verse, chorus, bridge and outro (end). Instructor will provide YouTube videos related to what is covered in class.

Songwriting Tools

Learn songwriting tools that will help you write a memorable song at the end of the course. You will be introduced to 5 different techniques created by Andrea Stolpe.

Virtual Classical Concert

Listen to virtual and streaming classical concerts and discuss the music as a group. All music lovers invited!

Virtual Jazz Concert

Listen to virtual and streaming jazz concerts and discuss the music as a group. All music lovers invited!

International Music

Listen and Learn about music from all around the world.

Emotional Health & 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 – they help you thrive.

Orientation & Mobility Support Group:
Diabetic Retinopathy

Students with the same eye disease, diabetic retinopathy, will interact and discuss various issues they are facing while trying to navigate the world around them. Class will be led by an O&M instructor and a licensed social worker.

Orientation & Mobility Support Group: Glaucoma

Students with the same eye disease, glaucoma, will interact and discuss various issues they are facing while trying to navigate the world around them. Class will be led by an O&M instructor and a licensed social worker.

Living with Vision Loss Support Group

Join us and share your experiences and coping strategies related to vision loss. This support group is meant to explore topics on denial, anger, stress, acceptance and how to work towards living a positive and productive life with vision loss.

Mindful Living (Mindfulness)

Mindfulness helps your health and wellness; studies show evidence that daily mindfulness practice can help lower blood pressure, increase stress and pain tolerance, and manage symptoms of depression and/or anxiety.

Stress Management

Learn and practice techniques for relaxation to better manage stress in daily life.

Women’s Support Group: Living with Vision Loss

This group is intended to provide a safe and supportive space for women. Share your own journey related to vision loss and how it has impacted your life. Together we will explore topics on denial, anger, stress, acceptance and how to work towards living a positive and productive life with vision loss.

People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE)

Group exercise for a great cardio workout.

Young at Heart

Stay vital and connected in the world by working on building more confidence and honing better communication skills. A class for anyone at any age.

Critical Thinking

In our discussion classes, we have meaningful engagement with a wide variety of subject matter. Connecting and interacting with others in a classroom is a powerful way to combat social isolation and loneliness. Come connect with new ideas and new friends.

Current Events

Join in on conversations about the latest happenings in the news. We will discuss current events in local, national, and global news and the impact of these events on our communities.

Let’s Go to the Movies

Hooray for Hollywood! A class for film lovers. Watch and discuss audio described films and learn more about the art and history of cinema and its makers.

Sports Talk

A look at teams and individuals who are competing in fields of athleticism. Come join the lively discussion.

Remote Class Schedule

Mondays

Braille Reading and Writing

1:1weekly session scheduled at time of registration.

10 am – 12 pm
Mayra G. & Monique
Teams

1 – 3pm
Mayra G. & Monique
Teams

Microwave/Convection Oven Cooking

10 – 11 am
Kt B.
Teams

People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE)

10 – 11 am
Mayra G.
Teams

Virtual Classical Concert

10 – 11 am
Fay R.
Teams

Living with Vision Loss Support Group

11 am – 12 pm
Emily F.
Teams

Stress Management

11 am – 12 pm
Kt B.
Teams

Virtual Jazz Concert

11 am – 12 pm
Fay R.
Teams

Home Organization

1 – 2 pm
Kt B.
Teams

Advanced Basketry

1 – 2:30 pm
Simone M.
Teams

Enter the Virtual World with Microsoft Teams

1:30 – 3 pm
Shenai H.
Teams

Tuesdays

Book Club

Last Tuesday of Each Month May – August

8:30 – 9:30 am
Monique M.
Teams

Instant Pot Cooking

10 – 11 am
Mindy L.
Teams

Memory Enhancement

10 – 11 am
Manuele M.
Teams

Playing the Blues

10 – 11 am
Fay R.
Teams

Art & Text

10 – 11:30 am
Simone & Noah
Teams

Music Creation with GarageBand App – Beginning

10 – 11:30 am
Natanael M.
Teams

Blues Listening

11 am – 12 pm
Fay R.
Teams

Living with Vision Loss Support Group

11 am – 12 pm
Nancy H.
Teams

Rights & Resources

1 – 2 pm
Manuele M.
Teams

Diabetes Support Group

1 – 2 pm
Mindy L.
Teams

Art & Reading

1 – 2:30 pm
Simone M.
Teams

Art Speak

1 – 2:30 pm
Noah H.
Teams

Music Creation with GarageBand App – Advanced

1 – 2:30 pm
Natanael M.
Teams

Rock Legends

1 – 2 pm
Fay R.
Teams

Beginning Adaptive Cooking

2 – 3 pm
Mindy L.
Teams

Young at Heart

2 – 3 pm
Manuele M.
Teams

Wednesdays

Music Fundamentals

10 – 11 am
Fay R.
Teams

Library 101

3rd Wednesday of every month

10 – 11 am
Library Staff
Teams

Mindful Living (Mindfulness)

10 – 11:30 am
Eric C.
Teams

Piano

10 – 11:30 am
Natanael M.
Teams

International Music

11 am – 12 pm
Fay R.
Teams

Living with Vision Loss

11 am – 12 pm
Nancy H.
Teams

American Music

1 – 2:30 pm
Fay R.
Teams

Advanced Piano

1 – 2:30 pm
Natanael M.
Teams

VoiceOver for the Apple Computer

7-week series May 04 – June 15

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Jose S.
Teams

Social Networking

2 – 4 pm
Earth K.
Teams

Thursdays

Art Lab: Independent Study

10 – 11:30 am
Noah H.
Teams

Exploring Accessible Games

10 – 12 pm
Earth K.
Teams

Independent Living Skills

10 – 11:30 am
Mindy L.
Teams

Let’s Go to the Movies

10 – 11 am
John N.
Teams

Song Form Analysis

10 – 11:30 am
Natanael M.
Teams

Living with Vision Loss

11 – 12 pm
Emily F.
Teams

Sports Talk

11 – 12 pm
John N.
Teams

Advanced Adaptive Cooking

1 – 2:30 pm
Mindy L.
Teams

Deep Dive into iPhone / iPad

2 – 4 pm
Earth K.
Teams

Mindful Living (Mindfulness)

1 – 2:30 pm
Eric C.
Teams

Upcycling

1 -2:30 pm
Noah H.
Teams

Current Events

2 – 3:30 pm
Ken R.
Teams

Fridays

Sensory Awareness

10 – 11 am
Manuele M. & Adrienn T.
Teams

Stress Management

10 – 11 am
Kt B.
Teams

Songwriting Tools

10 – 11:30 am
Natanael M.
Teams

Creative Writing

11 am – 12 pm
Kt B.
Teams

Diabetic Retinopathy O&M Support Group

4th Friday of each month May – August

11 am – 12 pm
Karen M.
Teams

Glaucoma O&M Support Group

2nd Friday of each month May – August

11 am – 12 pm
Karen M.
Teams

Rights & Resources

11 am – 12 pm
Manuele M.
Teams

Beginner Keyboarding

1 – 2:30 pm
Shenai H.
Teams

Home Organization

1 – 2 pm
Kt B.
Teams

Technology News & Support Group

2 – 4 pm
Earth K.
Teams

Clases Remota en Español

Clases Remotas para Estudiantes del Braille Institute

  • Classes semanales conducidas en linea para estudiantes del Braille Institute
  • Classes se llevarán acabo durante varias semanas durante el semestre
  • Los estudiantes deberian haber completado un examen de visión o deberian haber obtenido permiso de un especialista del Braille Institute.

Para registrarse a clases en Los Angeles llame la oficina de registro al 323-906-3182.

Braille Lectura y Escritura por cita solamente

Los lunes
de 1 a 3 pm
Mayra G.
Teams

Los miércoles
de 1 a 3 pm
Mayra G.
Teams

Los viernes
de 1 a 3 pm
Mayra G.
Teams

1:1 Cita por semana a tiempo de registracion.

Percepción sensorial

Aprenda técnicas para mejorar sus sentidos y aplicarlos más conscientemente a la rutina diaria.

Los lunes
de 10 a 11 am
Wendy C.
Teams

Herramientas de composición

Aprenda herramientas de composición que le ayudaran a componer una canción memorable al final del curso. Usted sera introducido a
5 técnicas diferentes creadas por Andrea Stolpe.

Los lunes
de 10 a 11:30 am
Natanael M.
Teams

Cocina de Microondas

A través de instrucciones descriptivas aprenda técnicas de cocina del microondas para preparar recetas saludables y simples de una manera
segura y exitosa. Esta es una manera genial para practicar las habilidades de cocina sin usar una estufa.

Los lunes
de 11 am a 12 pm
Wendy C.
Teams

Control del estrés

Aprenda y practique técnicas de relajación para controlar mejor el estrés en la vida diaria.

Los lunes
de 11 a 12 pm
Mayra G.
Teams

Piano

Aprender/ fortificar el movimento y la disposición del dedo para entender notas, acordes y escalas basicas. Los estudiantes seran capaz de seguir al instructor con melodías y tonadas basicas.

Los lunes
de 1 a 2:30 pm
Natanael M.
Teams

Grupo de apoyo para mujeres: vivir con la pérdida de visión

Este grupo está pensado para brindar un espacio seguro y de apoyo a las mujeres. Comparta su propia experiencia relacionada con la pérdida de la visión y cómo ha impactado en su vida. Juntos exploraremos temas relacionados con negación, ira, estrés, aceptación y cómo trabajar para vivir una vida positiva y productiva con la pérdida de visión.

Los lunes
de 1 a 2 pm
Wendy C.
Teams

Aprende el Teclado para Principiantes

Aprenda habilidades de mecanografía táctil y técnicas adecuadas de colocación de los dedos, ya que también mejoramos su precisión y velocidad al escribir. También exploraremos los errores comunes que se cometen al escribir y cómo podemos evitarlos con las técnicas adecuadas.

Los martes
de 1 a 2:30pm
Shenai H.
Teams

Inmersión Profunda en iPhone/ iPad

¿Se ha preguntado que pueden hacer las aplicaciónes que contiene su iPhone or iPad? Talvez se ha preguntado como se controla las configuraciónes de su aparato para ajustarlo a sus propósitos. Acompañenos en está inmersión profunda en donde exploramos
todo lo qué viene con su aparato.

Los jueves
de 1 a 2:30 pm
Jose
Teams

Derechos y Recursos

Hay variás agencias de servicios sociales y organizaciónes sin fines de lucro ofreciendo apoyo para identificar necesidades innumerables. Venga ha descubrir qué recursos están disponible en su comunidad.

Los miércoles
de 1 a 2 pm
Wendy C.
Teams

Organización en Casa

Aprenda como hacer de su casa un sitio seguro y acogedor con consejos y técnica’s adaptivas para mejor organización y mantenimiento.

Los miércoles
de 10 a 11 am
Wendy C.
Teams

Habilidades de la vida independiente

Aprenda soluciones simples que le ayuden a controlar mejor las tareas diarias, incluyendo instrucciones para el cuidado personal, la organización, las compras, la cocina y la seguridad y el mantenimiento en el hogar.

Los miércoles
de 10 a 11:30 am
Mayra G.
Teams

Mejora de la memoria

Comprenda cómo funciona la memoria, domine las técnicas para mejorar la capacidad de su cerebro para recordar información y aprenda estrategias que le ayuden a mejorar la concentración cuando no pueda confiar en la vista para que le ayude a recordar dónde dejó las llaves.

Los miércoles
de 11 am a 12 pm
Wendy C.
Teams

Vivir con la pérdida de visión

Acompañenos y comparta sus experiencias y sus estrategias para salir adelante relacionadas con la pérdida de visión. Esté grupo de apoyo está pensado para explorar temas relacionados con negación, ira, estrés, aceptación y cómo trabajar para vivir una vida positiva y productiva con la pérdida de visión.

Los miércoles
de 11 am a 12 pm
Helen
Teams

Forma de un Canción Análisis

Analiza anuncios de canciónes diferentes con un enfoque en sus formas/ movimientos; identifica introducción, verso, coro, puente y “outro” (fin). El instructor va proveer vídeos de YouTube relacionados con lo qué sera cubierto en clase.

Los jueves
de 1 a 2:30 pm
Natanael M.
Teams

Conectese al Mundo Virtual con Microsoft Teams

Aprenda a navegar y conectarse a las clases de Braille Institute con Microsoft Teams. Discutiremos todas las características importantes de Teams y sus ubicaciones en esta plataforma. Ya sea en sus teléfono inteligente, tableta, computadora portátil o sus computadora, desarrollaremos el conocimiento y las habilidades de los estudiantes
con esta herramienta de comunicación.

Los viernes
de 1:30 a 3 pm
Shenai H.
Teams

Gente con Artritis Pueden Hacer Ejercico (PACE)

Equipo de ejercico para un entrenamiento de cardio genial.

Los viernes
de 10 a 11 am
Mayra G.
Teams

Grupo de Apoyo de O&M para la glaucoma

Segundo viernes de cada mes mayo – agosto

Los estudiantes, con la misma enfermedad ocular, la glaucoma, discutirán varios problemas que enfrentan mientras intentan navegar por el mundo que los rodea. La clase será dirigida por una instructora de O&M, y por una trabajadora social con licencia TBD.

Los viernes
de 11 am a 12 pm
Gricelda P.
Teams

Grupo de Apoyo de O&M para la Retinopatía diabética

El cuarto viernes a partir del mes de mayo hasta el mes de agosto

Los estudiantes, con la misma enfermedad ocular, la Retinopatía diabética, discutirán varios problemas que enfrentan mientras intentan navegar por el mundo que los rodea. La clase será dirigida por una instructora de O&M, y por una trabajadora social con licencia TBD.

Los viernes
de 11 am a 12 pm
Gricelda P.
Teams