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Welcome Students!

Braille Institute offers three varieties of classes depending on the class offering: on-site, remotely online, and at times a hybrid class will be offered where some students will visit the center hosting the class while other students will join remotely online. We look forward to the next semester with you in attendance!

On-Site Classes for Braille Institute Students: To maintain health and safety practices, visits to Braille Institute centers and on-site classes are limited to registered students, and/or by appointment.

  • Weekly classes in person at our centers for Braille Institute students
  • Classes take place over multiple weeks during a semester
  • Students must have completed a Low Vision assessment or have been on-boarded by a Braille Institute Specialist

Remote Classes For Braille Institute Students

  • Weekly classes conducted online for Braille Institute students
  • Classes take place over multiple weeks during a semester
  • Students must have completed a Low Vision assessment or have been on-boarded by a Braille Institute Specialist

All classes are provided FREE OF CHARGE to our students and community thanks to the generosity of our donors.

On-Site Classes

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 provide a current Braille Institute doctor referral form and be on-boarded by an Intake Specialist, Student Advisor, or Blind & Low Vision Social Worker.

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

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.

Beginners Keyboard

Mondays 10 – 11:30 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 08)

Learn touch typing skills and proper finger placement 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.

Instructor: Shenai Hernandez

Intro to Windows Narrator

Tuesdays 1:30 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

Narrator is a screen reader that comes with Microsoft Windows computers. This class will go into detail how to access this screen reader, how to start using it, and if it’s something you can use in your day-to-day life.

Instructor: Shenai Hernandez

All About the eReader

Wednesdays 10:30 – 11:45 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Learn eReader basics and features including how to download audio books from National Library Services, and much more. Basic braille and an eReader are required.

Instructor: Earth

Expolrando a fondo el iPhone/iPad

Jueves 1 – 2:30 pm
(14 semanas, empieza el 04 de enero)

¿Conoces las apps de tu iPhone/iPad? Aprende a personalizar configuraciones y explora todo lo que ofrece tu dispositivo con nosotros.

Instructor: Jose

Victor Reader Stream

Jueves 1 – 2:30 pm
(7 semanas, empieza el 04 de enero)

Aprenda a utilizar este reproductor de audio digital portátil. Los participantes deben tener un dispositivo Victor Reader Stream.

Instructor: Alberto

Advanced Keyboard

Fridays 1 – 2:30 pm
(7 wks, starts Mar 01 )

Learn touch typing skills and proper finger placement 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.

Instructor: Shenai

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.

Sewing Machine Quilting

Mondays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 08)

Mondays 1 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 08)

Traditional and personalized quilt-making projects made adaptively using a standard electronic sewing machine.

Instructor: Betty

Ceramics

Mondays 10 – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 08)

Tuesdays 1 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

Formed by hand and hardened by heat, students will develop their mastery of clay creations.

Instructor: Noah

Knitting & Crocheting / Tejido con dos agujas y a Crochet
(Bilingüe Inglés/Español)

Tuesdays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

Los Martes 10 am – 12pm
(14 semanas, empieza el 02 de enero)

Learn to make hats, scarves, blankets, and potholders with various complexities of crochet stiches.

Aprende a hacer gorros, bufandas, mantas y porta ollas con diversas complejidades de puntos crochet.

Instructor: Margarita

Jewelry Making

Tuesdays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

Wednesdays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Learn to use a variety of materials and techniques to assemble beautiful pieces of jewelry.

Instructor: Beth

Cesteria

Miércoles 10 am – 12 pm
(14 semanas, empieza el 03 de enero)

Tuesdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(14 semanas, empieza el 03 de enero)

Aprende los conceptos básicos de la cestería.

Instructor: Luis & Maria

Lectura y escritura braille en español

Miercoles 10 – 11:30 am
(15 semanas, empieza el 05 de enero)

Cubre el alfabeto, los números, la puntuación y las abreviaturas.

Instructor: Maria

Art Lab: Independent Study

Wednesdays 1 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

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

Instructor: Noah

Zines

Wednesday 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Welcome to the world of zines! Learn to make and self-publish little books of mixed media art, poetry, and self-expression. Enjoy zine-making guest instructors and an end-of-term art show of your work.

Instructor: Simone & Library Staff

Basic Crochet

Wednesdays 1 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Learn to make a variety of items with crochet. This class is for those picking up a crochet hook for the first time, or those who want to improve crochet confidence with low vision.

Instructor: Barbara

Printmaking

Thursdays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

This class teaches the craft of printmaking, or making multiple copies of an artwork. Students will use objects and inks to create a 2D composition, then utilize a printing press to create copies.

Instructor: Simone

Mosaic

Thursdays 1 – 3 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

Students will learn to create a patterned surface of tiles.

Instructor: Simone

Ceramics – Deafblind/American Sign Language (ASL)

Fridays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 05)

Formed by hand and hardened by heat, students will develop their mastery of clay creations. Tactile ASL interpretation is available in this class.

Instructor: Simone

Basketry – Deafblind/American Sign Language (ASL)

Fridays 1 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 05)

Learn the basics of basketry, creating functional works of art. Tactile ASL interpretation is available in this class.

Instructor: Simone

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 listing/appreciation, music classes offer something for music lovers of all skill levels.

Pop Band

Tuesdays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

Learn how to play your instrument in a pop band and cooperate with other musicians.

Instructor: Fay

Beginner Guitar

Tuesdays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

Strum, pick, and learn chord shapes on the guitar fretboard.

Instructor: David

Playing the Blues

Tuesdays 1 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

Learn what defines the Blues are and how to improvise on Blues-inspired changes.

Instructor: Fay

Advanced Pop Band

Wednesdays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Learn how to play your instrument in a pop band and cooperate with other musicians.

Instructor: Fay

Salsa Band

Wednesdays 1 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Learn fundamentals of playing salsa music.

Instructor: Fay

Guitar

Thursdays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Strum, pick, and learn chord shapes on the guitar fretboard.

Instructor: Carlos

Guitarra para principiantes

Jueves 1 pm – 3 pm
(14 semanas, empieza el 04 de enero)

Aprende a tocar la guitarra con otros guitarristas principiantes.

Instructor: Jose

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.

Cooking with an Instant Pot and Air Fryer

Mondays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 08)

Through demonstrations, descriptive instructions, and by preparing simple recipes, learn to use these flexible multi-cookers with their many user-friendly features and myriad applications.

Instructor: Mindy

Cocina Basica

Martes 10 am – 12 pm
(14 semanas, empieza el 02 de enero)

Aprenda técnicas de cocina adaptativa para preparar recetas sencillas de forma segura y exitosa.

Instructor: Sandra

Beginning Adaptive Cooking

Wednesdays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

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

Instructor: Mindy

Intermediate Adaptive Cooking

Wednesdays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Build upon adaptive cooking techniques to safely prepare more complex recipes.

Instructor: Mindy

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 Reading and Writing

Mondays 1 – 12 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 08)

Tuesdays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 02)

Tuesdays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 02)

Wednesdays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Wednesdays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Thursdays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

Thursdays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

Covers alphabet, numbers, punctuation and abbreviations.

Instructors: Monique, Rosie, Ralph

Slate & Stylus

Wednesdays 1 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Learn to use the slate & stylus, a portable analog writing and note taking tool for braille readers.

Instructor: Alberto

Braille Reading and Writing – Deafblind

Fridays 1 – 2 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 05)

Learn to use the slate & stylus, a portable analog writing and note taking tool for braille readers.

Instructor: Rosie

Life Skills

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

Memory Enhancement

Mondays 1 am – 2 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 08 & Feb 26)

Wednesdays 11 am – 12 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 03 & Feb 28)

Thursdays 11 am – 12 pm
(7 wks, starts starts Jan 04 & Feb 29)

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!

Instructor: Manuele

Sensory Awareness

Mondays 11 am – 12 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 08 & Feb 26)

Wednesdays 1 – 2 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 03 & Feb 28)

Wednesdays 1 – 2 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 03 & Feb 28)

Thursdays 1 – 2 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 04 & Feb 29)

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

Instructor: Manuele

Rights and Resources

Mondays 2 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 08)

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

Instructor: Manuele

Organización del Hogar

Martes 10 – 11 am
(7 semanas, empieza el 02 de enero y el 27 de febrero)

Aprenda cómo hacer de su hogar un refugio seguro y acogedor con consejos y técnicas de adaptación para una mejor organización y mantenimiento.

Instructor: Wendy

Mejora de la memoria

Martes 1 – 2 pm
(14 semanas, empieza el 02 de enero)

Aprende cómo funciona tu memoria, domina las técnicas para mejorar la capacidad de tu cerebro para recordar y aprende estrategias para ayudarte a mejorar tu enfoque cuando no puedas confiar en tu visión.¡Té ayuda a recordar dónde dejaste tus llaves.

Instructor: Wendy

Derechos y Recursos

Martes 2 – 3 pm
(7 semanas, empieza el 02 de enero y el 27 de febrero)

Hay muchas agencias de servicios sociales y organizaciones sin fines de lucro que ofrecen apoyo para abordar innumerables necesidades. Venga a descubrir qué recursos están disponibles para usted en su comunidad.

Instructor: Wendy

English Vocabulary

Wednesdays 10 – 11:30 am
(7 wks, starts Jan 03 & Feb 28)

Build basic vocabulary in English.

Instructor: Alberto

Independent Living Skills

Wednesdays 1 – 3 pm
(7 wks, starts starts Jan 03 & Feb 28)

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

Instructor: Mindy

Conciencia Sensorial

Miércoles 1 – 2 pm
(7 semanas, empieza el 03 de enero & el 28 de febrero)

Aprende técnicas para realzar tus sentidos y aplicar de manera más consciente en tus rutinas diarias.

Instructor: Wendy

English for Spanish Speakers 1

Wednesdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Build vocabulary and conversational skills in English classes for Spanish speakers.

Instructor: Javier

Mejora de la memoria

Miércoles 2 – 3 pm
(7 semanas, empieza el 03 de enero y el 28 de febrero)

Aprende cómo funciona tu memoria, domina las técnicas para mejorar la capacidad de tu cerebro para recordar y aprende estrategias para ayudarte a mejorar tu enfoque cuando no puedas confiar en tu visión.¡Té ayuda a recordar dónde dejaste tus llaves.

Instructor: Wendy

Conciencia Sensorial

Jueves 10 – 11 am
(7 semanas, empieza el 04 de enero y el 29 de febrero)

Aprende técnicas para realzar tus sentidos y aplicar de manera más consciente en tus rutinas diarias.

Instructor: Wendy

English for Spanish Speakers 3

Thursdays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Build vocabulary and conversational skills in English classes for Spanish speakers.

Instructor: Maribel

Habilidades de vida Independiente

Jueves 1 – 2 pm
(7 semanas, empieza el 04 de enero & el 29 de febrero)

Logra las tareas cotidianas con soluciones sencillas e instrucciones detalladas sobre el cuidado personal, la organización, las compras, la cocina, la seguridad y el mantenimiento del hogar.

Instructor: Wendy

American Sign Language Tactile (TASL) Practice Hour

Fridays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 05)

Develop skills in American Sign Language vocabulary and grammar, using tactile ASL (TASL).

Instructor: Lissa

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.

Exercising with Arthritis

Mondays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 08

Wednesdays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Low impact exercise class to improve range of motion, muscle strength, and coordination. This class also incorporates brief health education segments on self-care for those managing arthritis.

Instructor: Manuele

Mindful Living (Mindfulness)

Tuesdays 10 – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

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.

Instructor: Eric

Living with Vision Loss for Newcomers

Tuesdays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

This support group is for those who are recently losing their vision. Join us as we explore the unique experiences faced when adjusting to vision loss.

Instructor: Jeremy

Yoga

Tuesdays 11 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

Relax and take care of your physical fitness through this guided yoga practice.

Instructor: Meredith

Hula Dancing

Tuesdays 1 – 2 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

Thursdays 1 – 2 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Learn the ancient and traditional Hawaiian dance.

Instructor: Frances

Zumba

Tuesdays 2 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

Thursdays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Stay active with Zumba, the dance-based cardio workout introduced at the turn of the millennium. The craze is still alive!

Instructor: Lisa

Line Dancing

Wednesdays 10 – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Synchronize and dance with your partners for an invigorating group exercise.

Instructor: Barbara

Ejercicios en silla

Miércoles 10 – 11 am
(14 semanas, empieza el 03 de enero)

Fortalece y tonifica tus músculos mientras estás sentado, con los ejercicios de bajo impacto presentados en esta clase.

Instructor: Wendy

Stress Management

Tuesdays 11 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

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

Instructor: Wendy

Blind Sighted

Tuesdays 1 – 2 pm
(14 wks, starts on Jan 03)

In this men’s class, we will explore shared experiences, discover our empowerment and push ourselves to find new paths to the world as the Blind Sighted.

Instructor: Tobias

BIA on the Go

Thursdays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Walking maintains your cognitive and physical health and helps prevent a wide variety of health problems. This group makes walking safe and accessible!

Instructor: Odet

Tai chi

Thursdays 10 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Practicing the martial art of Tai chi brings physical and mental health benefits through movement and meditation.

Instructor: Lemont

Stress Management

Thursdays 2 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

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

Instructor: Manuele

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.

Mondays

Keyboard for VoiceOver on iPad

Mondays 10 – 11:30 am
(8 wks, starts Feb 12)

Discover how a Bluetooth keyboard with your iPad enhances VoiceOver skills. From basic text editing to website navigation, learn what is possible with keyboard commands.

Held by Laguna Hills
Instructor: Salvador

Get Smart with AI for Visually Impaired

Mondays 10 – 11 am
(7 wks, starts Feb 26)

Get smart with (AI) Artificial Intelligence. We will cover topics and explore discussions about the good and not so good things, and what the AI revolution is doing for visually impaired people.

Held by San Diego
Instructor: Ron & Daniel

Keyboard for VoiceOver on iPhone

Mondays 1 – 2:30 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 08)

Discover how a Bluetooth keyboard with your iPhone enhances VoiceOver skills. From basic text editing to website navigation, learn what’s possible when using keyboard commands.

Held by Laguna Hills Center
Instructor: Salvador

Technology News and Support Group

Mondays 1 – 2 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 08)

Round table discussion on mainstream and adaptive technology.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Daniel

Tuesdays

Android Talk Back

Tuesdays 11 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

Explore how to navigate Talk Back on your Android device to perform daily tasks. Learn to use gestures, menus and more.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Nikki

Deep Dive into iPhone & iPad

Tuesdays 2 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

Ever wondered 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.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Nikki

Wednesdays

Introduction to Voice Over

Wednesdays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Learn how your iPhone’s VoiceOver gestures can allow you to hear everything on your screen. We’ll focus on how VoiceOver works with your Phone, Messages, Mail, and YouTube apps.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Skylar

Intro to Amazon Alexa

Wednesdays 10 – 11:30 am
(7 wks, starts Feb 28)

Learn Amazon Alexa devices and all they offer such as the Alexa Voice Assistant on the Echo Shows, Fire TV, Tablets, Show and Tel, NFB Newsline, Bookshare, and more.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Hugo

Windows Accessibility for Low Vision

Wednesdays 11 – 12 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 03)

Check out Windows accessibility options including magnifier, enlarging your mouse pointer, high contrast color settings, and solid color desktop backgrounds. Learn how to use your voice with Cortana and Dictation.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Nikki

All about Victor Reader

Wednesdays 1 – 2 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Learn how the Victor Reader Stream can give you access to books, magazines, local newspapers and much more.

Held by Riverside Center
Instructor: Kelly

eReader Support Group

Wednesdays 1 – 2 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Participate in facilitated discussions about eReader basics, features, and much more all while exploring the experiences of your peers.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Denise

Beginner Keyboarding

Wednesdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Learn touch typing, proper finger techniques, boost accuracy and speed, and explore common typing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Shenai

Grupo Usuario de Android

Miércoles 1 – 2:30 pm
(14 semanas, empieza el 03 de enero)

Unete con nosotros mientras discutimos noticias y applicaiones para Android. Tambien cubriremos como aprovechar al maximo el Talkback y el assistente de Google.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Jose

Exploring Games, AI, and Social Apps

Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:30 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Explore social networking, A.I. chat apps, and games using iPhone/iPad’s VoiceOver. Smartphone and email required for this class.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Earth

Thursdays

Technology News And Support

Thursdays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Discuss topics on technology and accessibility and enjoy opportunities for training, information sharing, and community support.

Held by Riverside Center
Instructor: Kelly

Q & A: iPhone & iPad VoiceOver

Thursdays 10 – 11:30 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Using VoiceOver on iPhone or iPad, navigate the device even if you can’t see the screen. Make calls, check voicemail, get the weather and more.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Hugo

Microsoft Office Tips and Support

Thursdays 11 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Learn to find what you want in Microsoft Word’s ribbon and context menus. Will also go over the basics of Excel and Outlook.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Nikki

Preguntas y Respuestas sobre iPhone y iPad VoiceOver

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Con VoiceOver en tu iPhone o iPad, puedes navegar por el dispositivo incluso si no puedes ver la pantalla. Aprendiendo lo básico, podrá hacer llamadas, consultar el correo de voz, obtener el clima y mucho más.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Hugo

BARD & Victor Reader Stream

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Learn the Victor Reader basics by connecting to the BARD library service. A Victor Reader is required and used during classes.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Nikki & Denise

Introduction to JAWS

Thursdays 2 – 3 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

Learn about how JAWS, the best screen reading software for Windows, can allow you to hear everything on the screen, including websites and Word documents.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Skylar

Using Siri Shortcuts on iPhone/iPad

Thursdays 2 – 4 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Using and practicing with Siri shortcuts, we’ll explore the built-in iPhone/iPad applications.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Earth

Fridays

VoiceOver on Mac OS

Fridays 10 – 11:30 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 05)

Let’s explore Mac OS with VoiceOver. Learn useful keyboard commands to help you navigate the screen and understand its structure.

Held by Laguna Hills Center
Instructor: Salvador

Assistive Technology News & Support Group

Fridays 11 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 05)

Round table discussion on mainstream and adaptive technology.

Held by Coachella Valley Center
Instructor: Stephany

Grupo de soporte y noticias technologicas

Viernes 11 am – 12 pm
(14 semanas, empieza el 05 de enero)

Mesa redonda sobre tecnologia convencional y adaptativa.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Daniel

TalkBack 101

Fridays 1 – 2:30 pm
(8 wks, starts Jan 05)

Learn how this accessibility feature found in Android devices can help blind or visually impaired users perform ordinary tasks with their phones.

Held by Laguna Hills Center
Instructor: Salvador

Technology News & Support Group

Fridays 2 – 4 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 05)

Discuss news on technology, deals, and services. We’ll review the latest tech trends and experiences you had with a device, sharing experiences with the group.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Earth

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.

Tuesdays

Art & Reading

Tuesdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

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.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Simone

Thursdays

Basketry

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Learn the basics of basketry, creating functional works of art. In this virtual class, participants will receive a kit of basic materials to get started.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Simone

Writers’ Circle

Thursdays 2 – 3 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

Discuss the writing process, share your work, and get peer support and encouragement on your projects. Guest speakers will help provide guidance for your writing.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Elena

Fridays

Creative Writing & Storytelling

Fridays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 05)

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.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: KT

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.

Mondays

International Music

Mondays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 08)

Listen and learn about music from all around the world.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Fay

Rock Legends

Mondays 11 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 08)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Fay

Wednesdays

Poetry of Rock

Wednesdays 10 – 11 am
(10 wks, starts Jan 03)

Explore timeless songs and share memories or reflections you have in relationship with them.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Gail

Intro to Classical Music

Wednesdays 11 am – 12 pm
(10 wks, starts Jan 03)

In this class we’ll listen to and talk about various aspects of what’s broadly termed “classical” music in an easy informal setting.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Gail

Greatest Hits from Bach to Rock

Wednesdays 1 – 3 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Listen to familiar and new songs, while learning about the people and stories behind the music. Decide on music featured each week – Big Band, Country, Rock and Roll – anything goes!

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Stan

Thursdays

Tip Tap Tunes

Thursdays 11 am – 12 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

In this music appreciation class, students request their favorite records and have fun listening, reminiscing, and learning about popular music with classmates.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: DJ Mc Boogie

Piano 1

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Anyone can play even if you have never touched a piano before. All you need is a keyboard or piano at home to join in!

Held by Laguna Hills Center
Instructor: Natalie

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.

Mondays

Microwave and Convection Oven Cooking

Mondays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 08)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Kt

Tuesdays

Cooking with an Instant Pot and Air Fryer

Tuesdays 10 – 11:30 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

Through demonstrations, descriptive instructions, and by preparing simple recipes, learn to use these flexible multi-cookers with their many user-friendly features and myriad applications.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Mindy

Thursdays

Beginning Adaptive Cooking

Thursdays 10 – 11:30 am
(7 wks, starts Jan 04 & Feb 29)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Mindy

Cooking with Ease

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Letty

Fridays

Smart Access Air Fryer Intro

Fridays 1 – 2 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 05)

Learn the accessibility features of a Smart Access Air Fryer and how Voice Over can make cooking easier, faster, and healthier.

Held by Riverside Center
Instructor: Miguel

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.

Mondays

Braille Reading and Writing

Mondays 9 – 10 am
10 – 11am
11 am – 12 pm

(14 wks, starts Sept Jan 08)

Covers alphabet, numbers, punctuation and abbreviations. For remote services, Braille Reading and Writing is taught via one-on-one lessons only.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Sharon

Creative Writing

Mondays 10 – 11:30 am
(Second Monday of the month)
(15 wks, starts Jan 08)

Students create original forms of descriptive writing and poetry that express creativity. Vocabulary development, creative writing techniques, and skills are explored.

Held by Laguna Hills Center
Instructor: Anne

US Constitution

Mondays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 08)

Join visually impaired students as they read and discuss the United States Constitution.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Hiram

Tuesdays

Book Club

Tuesdays 8:30 – 9:30 am
(3rd Tuesday of each month, starts Jan 16)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Monique

Braille Reading & Writing

Tuesdays 9 – 10 am
10 -11 am
11 am -12 pm
1 -2 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Covers alphabet, numbers, punctuation, and abbreviations. For remote services, Braille Reading and Writing is taught in one-on-one lessons only.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Sharon

Radio Drama And Production

Tuesdays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Students learn to create and produce their own radio drama (online, podcast).

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Paul

Zines 101: Make Your Own Zine!

Tuesdays 1 – 2 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 03)

Do you like arts, crafts, and creative writing? Create your own mini magazines or “zines” (pronounced ‘zeen’). Learn the history of this art form and make your own! All materials provided by the Braille Institute.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Melissa

Wednesdays

Santa Barbara Book Club

Wednesdays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Read a variety of books, share your opinions on the stories, and discuss books as literature.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Lillian

Book Buffet

Wednesdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(1st Wednesday of each month)
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Read and discuss books from a variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction. Books are suggested and selected by the class members.

Held by Laguna Hills Center
Instructor: Anne

Great Adventure Books

Wednesdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(3rd Wednesday of each month, Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 20)

Read a variety of books, share your opinions on the stories, and discuss books as literature.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Yanci

Inspirandote y Creciendo con la Literatura

Miércoles 1 – 2:30 pm
(empieza el 24 de enero, el 21 de febrero, el 20 de marzo)

Leeremos y discutiremos literatura que ayudara a su crecimiento personal.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Yanci

Thursdays

Braille Reading & Writing

Thursdays 9 – 10 am
10 – 11 am
11 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Covers alphabet, numbers, punctuation, and abbreviations. For remote services, Braille Reading and Writing is taught in one-on-one lessons only.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Sharon

Conviviendo y Leyendo

Jueves 11 am – 12 pm
(empieza el 18 de enero, el 15 de febrero, el 14 de marzo, el 11 de abril)

Los estudiantes que comparten la pasión por la literatura se reúnen una vez al mes para discutir la lectura y otros recursos. Los estudiantes que participen escogeran los libros en anticipo. Se recomienda el uso de la aplicación móvil de BARD. La Biblioteca del Instituto Braille proporcionará libros hablados y maquinas lectores de libros para quienes los requieran.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Melissa

Zines 101: Cree su proprio zine!

Jueves 1 – 2 pm
(7 semanas, empieza el 29 de febrero)

Le gustan las manualidades y ser creativo? Cree sus propias minirevistas o “fanzines” (se pronuncia “zeen”). ¡Aprenda la historia de esta forma de arte y haga sus propios zines! Todos los materiales proporcionados por el Instituto Braille.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Melissa

Fridays

Braille Reading and Writing

Fridays 10 – 11:30 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 05)

Covers alphabet, numbers, punctuation and abbreviations.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Maria

San Diego Book Club

Fridays 1 – 3 pm
(Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 15, Apr 12)

Students who share a passion for literature and critical thinking meet monthly for lively discussions. The curriculum is decided by participating students. BARD is encouraged.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Dennis & Theresa

Connect with Other Readers

Fridays 3 – 4 pm
(First Friday of month, starts Jan 05, Feb 02, Mar 01, Apr 05)

Once a month, come together with the Braille Institute Library community to share what you have been reading, seek book suggestions, and give reading recommendations.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Elena

Life Skills

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

Mondays

Cocina en Microondas

Lunes 11 am – 12 pm
(14 semanas, empieza el 08 de enero)

A través de instrucciones descriptivas aprende las técnicas para usar el microondas y preparar recetas sanas, sencillas de forma segura y exitosa. Una gran manera de practicar tus habilidades de cocinar sin usar una estufa.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Wendy

Independent Living Skills

Mondays 1 – 2:30 pm
(8 wks, starts Feb 05)

Learn techniques and skills focused on helping people with vision loss stay independent and perform daily functions easier.

Held by Laguna Hills Center
Instructor: Julie

Home & Personal Management

Mondays 1 – 2 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 08 & Feb 26)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Kt

Memory Enhancement

Mondays 1 – 2 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 08 & Feb 26)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Manuele

Out & About

Mondays 1 – 2 pm
(6 wks, starts Jan 08, Jan 28, Feb 26, Mar 04, Mar 18, April 01 )

Students meet virtually, choose destinations, and make navigation plans. BIA Staff meets students at first trip, and second trip students make on their own. Put skills into action.

Held by Coachella Valley Center
Instructor: Letty

Conciencia Sensorial

Lunes 2 – 3 pm
(7 semanas, empieza el 08 de enero y el 26 de febrero)

Aprende técnicas para mejorar tus sentidos y aplicarlas más conscientemente en tus rutinas diarias.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Wendy

Rights & Resources

Mondays 2 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 08)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Manuele

Tuesdays

Memory Enhancement

Tuesdays 10 – 11 am
(7 wks, starts Jan 02 & Feb 27)

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 you can’t rely on your vision to help you recall where you left your keys!

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Manuele

Organización del Hogar

Martes 10 – 11 am
(7 semanas, empieza el 02 de enero y 27 de febrero)

Aprenda cómo hacer de su hogar un refugio seguro y acogedor con consejos y técnicas de adaptación para una mejor organización y mantenimiento.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Wendy

Introduccion a las habilidades de vida Independiente

Martes 1 – 2 pm
(14 semanas, empieza el 02 de enero)

Aprenda soluciones simples para ayudar a administrar mejor las tareas diarias; incluyendo instrucción en cuidado personal, organización, compras, cocina, seguridad en el hogar y mantenimiento.

Held by Riverside Center
Instructor: Miguel

Rights & Resources

Tuesdays 1 – 2 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Manuele

Mejora de la Memoria

Martes 1 – 2 pm
(7 semanas, empieza el 02 de enero)

Aprende cómo funciona tu memoria, domina las técnicas para mejorar la capacidad de tu cerebro para recordar y aprende estrategias para ayudarte a mejorar tu enfoque cuando no puedas confiar en tu visión. ¡Té ayuda a recordar dónde dejaste tus llaves!

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Wendy

Derechos y Recursos

Martes 2 – 3 pm
(14 semanas, empieza el 02 de enero)

Hay muchas agencias de servicios sociales y organizaciones sin fines de lucro que ofrecen apoyo para abordar innumerables necesidades. Venga a descubrir qué recursos están disponibles para usted en su comunidad.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Wendy

Independent Living Skills

Tuesdays 2 – 3 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 02 & Feb 27)

Accomplish everyday tasks with simple solutions and detailed instructions on self-care, organization, shopping, cooking, security, and maintenance.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Ynabel

Habilidades de vida Independiente

Martes 2 – 3 pm
(6 semanas, empieza el 27 de febrero)

Logra las tareas cotidianas con soluciones sencillas e instrucciones detalladas sobre el cuidado personal, la organización, las compras, la cocina, la seguridad y el mantenimiento del hogar.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Emily

Wednesdays

Rights & Resources

Wednesdays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

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

Held by Riverside Center
Instructor: Miguel

Thursdays

Social Skills in the Working World

Thursdays 10 – 11 am
(7 wks, starts Feb 29)

Learn proper etiquette during an interview, getting a job, and socializing with your friends and colleagues.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Laurie

Independent Living Skills

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 08 & Feb 29)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Mindy

Fridays

Habilidades para la vida independiente

Viernes 2 – 3 pm
(7 semanas, empieza el 05 de enero)

Realice las tareas cotidianas con soluciones simples e instrucciones detalladas sobre cuidado personal, organización, compras, cocina, seguridad y mantenimiento.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Ynabel

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.

Mondays

Healthy Living

Mondays 10 – 11 am
(7 wks, every other week, starts Jan 08)

Explore how you can lead a healthier, happier life in this fun and interactive class. Students suggest and decide topics for the class.

Held by Riverside Center
Instructor: Miguel

Ventura County Resources

Mondays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 08)

Share coping strategies and personal perspectives. Discuss how to address and rise above challenges. Guest speakers from Ventura County will be present during the semester.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Linda

Las Personas con Artritis Pueden Hacer Ejercicio (PACE)

Lunes 10 – 11 am
(14 semanas, empieza el 08 de enero)

Ejercicio en grupo para un entrenamiento cardiovascular.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Wendy

Women’s Peer Support Group

Mondays 10 – 11: 30 am
(12 wks, starts Jan 08)

A peer women’s support group to build confidence and share experiences.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Gerry

Grupo de Apoyo para Mujeres: Vivir con Pérdida de la Visión

Lunes 1 – 2 pm
(14 semanas, empieza el 08 de enero)

Comparte tus experiencias y estrategias de afrontamiento relacionadas con la pérdida de la visión. Este grupo de apoyo tiene como objetivo explorar temas sobre la negación, el coraje, el estrés, la aceptación y cómo enfocarse para vivir una vida positiva y productiva con la pérdida de la visión.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Wendy

Support Group

Monday 1 – 2:30 pm
(12 wks, starts Jan 08)

Build confidence and share experiences with your fellow peers.

Held by Laguna Hills Center
Instructor: Linda

Areglo personal para mujeres

Lunes 1 – 2:30 pm
(13 semanas, empieza el 08 de enero)

Aprende como apliquar maquillaje, vestirse y aprender diferentes técnicas sobre cómo prepararte para salir.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Emily

Tuesdays

Yoga for VI

Tuesdays 11 am – 12 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 02)

Join a mindfulness based, gentle step-by-step compassionate yoga practice. Experience the healing power of yoga and facilitating breath work.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Megan

Low Vision Support Group for Beginners

Tuesdays 11 am – 12 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 02)

If you are just starting your visual loss journey, join us weekly and we will discuss various topics pertaining to feelings and reactions related to vision loss.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Toni

Healing Mind & Body

Tuesdays 1 – 2:00 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 02)

Visually impaired adults practice techniques to keep the mind and body healthy and alert during these challenging times.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Sheila

Peer Support Connections

Tuesdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 02)

Come together and support each other in coping with vision loss.

Held by Laguna Hills Center
Instructor: Sam

Living with Diabetes Support Group

Tuesdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Mindy

Young at Heart

Tuesdays 2 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 02)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Manuele

Wednesdays

Peer Support

Wednesdays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Do you have a question about sight loss? Or do you just want a friendly voice to talk to about living a fulfilling life with low vision? Join in and participate in learning more about living well with low vision.

Held by Riverside Center
Instructor: Kelly

Viviendo con la Perdida de Vision

Miercoles 11 am – 12 pm
(15 semanas, empieza el 03 de enero)

Serie de discusión para desarrollar la fuerza emocional.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Monica

Support Connections (Ages 30 – 65)

Wednesdays 1 – 2 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Still working or have recently left the workforce? Group members support each other in coping with vision loss and maintaining social, work, and dating lives. Ages 30-65.

Held by Coachella Valley Center
Instructor: Stella

Support Connections (Ages 65 +)

Wednesdays 2 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 03)

Still working or have recently left the workforce? Group members support each other in coping with vision loss and maintaining social, work, and dating lives. Ages 65 and over.

Held by Coachella Valley Center
Instructor: Stella

Thursdays

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

Jueves 9 – 10 am
Jueves 10 – 11 am
(15 semanas, empieza el 04 de enero)

Un facilitador capacitado profesionalmente lo ayuda a encontrar soluciones para hacer frente de manera efectiva a su pérdida de visión. Los temas incluyen el uso de un bastón blanco, ansiedad/angustia, hablar con la familia, sobrellevar la situación y otros problemas relacionados con la pérdida de la visión.

Held by Coachella Valley Center
Instructor: Gladys

Nelly’s Discussion Group

Thursdays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

This 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.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Nelly

Dating Blind at First Sight

Thursdays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

Improve communication and relationship skills and customize your relationship status.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Shon

Peer Support Group

Thursdays 10 – 11:30 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

For those experiencing vision loss — learn coping strategies to manage stress, build confidence, make new connections, and share personal experiences of one’s vision loss journey.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Carrie

Vision Loss INSIGHT

Thursdays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

Connect with others facing similar challenges while you learn to live and thrive with vision loss. Experience true power in being part of a supportive community.

Held by Coachella Valley Center
Instructor: Tom

Mindful Living (Mindfulness)

Thursdays 1 – 2 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Eric

Blind Rhythm

Thursdays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

Visually impaired students dance and get fit with R&B and Hip-Hop group dance sessions led by a visually impaired instructor.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Shon

Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation

Thursdays 1 – 2 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 11 )

A program to increase flexibility, coordination, and balance for your health and wellbeing.

Held by Riverside Center
Instructor: Michael

Healthy Living

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(8 wks, starts Jan 04)

Combine cooking techniques with discussion. Meets weekly to combine cooking demonstrations, shopping tips, sharing recipes and techniques to use in the kitchen.

Held by Laguna Hills Center
Instructor: Julie

Viviendo con la Perdida de Vision

Jueves 1 – 2:30 pm
(14 semanas, empieza el 04 de enero)

Serie de discusión para desarrollar la fuerza emocional.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Emily

Rights And Resources

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 04)

We will cover a wide range of some of the accessible resources available in Orange County and parts of Los Angeles, including transportation, community groups and organizations, and communication networks.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Nicou

Living with Vision Loss

Thursdays 2 – 3 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

A series of discussions about emotional strength facilitated by San Diego’s new social worker.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Monica

Fridays

Grupo de Apoyo para Hispanohablantes Facilitado por Hisponhalantes en Associacion con Joslyn Wellness Center

Viernes 9 – 10 am
(15 semanas, empieza el 05 de enero)

Un facilitador capacitado profesionalmente lo ayuda a encontrar soluciones para hacer frente de manera efectiva a su pérdida de visión. Los temas incluyen el uso de un bastón blanco, ansiedad/angustia, hablar con la familia, sobrellevar la situación y otros problemas relacionados con la pérdida de la visión.

Held by Coachella Valley Center
Instructor: Gladys

Men’s Peer Support Group

Fridays 10 – 11:30 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 05)

Peer men’s support group to build confidence and share experiences.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Richard

Out and About San Diego

Fridays 10 am – 12 pm
(Feb 23, Mar 01, Mar 15, Mar 29, Apr 12)

Get up, get out and move about. Students meet virtually, choose destinations, and make navigation plans. The goal is to practice safe travel while navigating to local destinations using public transportation.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Ynabel & Keema

Men’s Discussion Group

Fridays 11 am – 12 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

Share your experiences, coping skills and vision loss strategies. Topics on denial, anger, stress, acceptance, and living a positive and productive life with vision loss.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Skylar

Rights & Resources

Fridays 1 – 2 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 05)

Learn about the local services that are available for you in your community.

Instructor: Laurie

Young Adult Group

Fridays 2 – 3 pm
(Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 15, Apr 12)

Join a supportive community of young adults to discuss a variety of topics including living and thriving with vision loss.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Wanda

Critical Thinking

These classes offer 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.

Mondays

Explore Guinness World Records

Mondays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 08)

Explore the fascinating and incredible world of records from human achievements to extremes of the natural world.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Mary

Trivial Pursuit

Mondays 11 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 08)

Exercise your mind with a series of tough, brain-bending questions.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Cindy

Talk Foodie to Me

Mondays 11 am – 12 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 08)

Join in weekly conversations about food and fun trivia questions. If you enjoy eating food, talking about food, and planning food adventures, this class is for you!

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Mary

American Sign Language (ASL 1)

Mondays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 08)

Learn American Sign Language (ASL) will focus on vocabulary skills for simple conversations.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Lizza

Wednesdays

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Wednesdays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Improve your ESL communication skills for personal and professional success.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Elvia

National Geographic

Wednesdays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Explore the uncommon history of common things.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Mary

Trivia

Wednesdays 11 am – 12 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Join in conversations that challenge your knowledge of celebrities, music, television, and sports. Challenges and fun for everyone.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Mary

Cliches and Proverbs

Wednesdays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Listen and respond to fun, popular cliches used in conversations, movies, books and more.

Held by San Diego Center
Instructor: Mary

Thursdays

Let’s Go to the Movies

Thursdays 9:30 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

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.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: John

Games & Tips for a Healthy Brain

Thursdays 10 – 11:30 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Have fun interacting with classmates, while learning fun, interactive games and activities for a sharp mind.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Debbie & Beth

Sports Talk

Thursdays 11 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: John

Current Events

Thursdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

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.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Helen

Media Club

Thursdays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

Each week students will be assigned interesting and informative media to listen to. The following week we’ll share our opinions, feelings, likes and dislikes.

Held by Santa Barbara Center
Instructor: Dave

Conversational Spanish

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 04)

Have fun interacting with classmates, while learning basic words and phrases in Spanish.

Held by Anaheim Center
Instructor: Carmen

Current Events

Thursdays 2 – 3:30 pm
(14 weeks, starts Jan 4)

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.

Held by Los Angeles Center
Instructor: Ken