Riverside | 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.

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.

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 Riverside, contact the Registrar at 951-787-8800.

Braille Literacy for Advances

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

Receive an introduction to the history of Braille, methods of writing Braille and common uses for Braille in your everyday life as you learn the Braille alphabet, numbers, and punctuation.

Independent Living Skills

Mondays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 09)

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

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

Introduction to FUSION

Anaheim
Mondays 10 – 11:30 am
(7 wks, starts Feb 06)

Learn how to set up Fusion just for you. Explore visual settings such as magnification, color, font size, mouse pointer, backgrounds, and read aloud settings. Also delve into the basics of a Windows computer, including how to find and store files and much more.

Held by Anaheim Center

Keyboard for VoiceOver on iPad

Mondays 10 – 11:30 am
(7 wks, starts Feb 27)

Already know how to use VoiceOver? Go one step further and use a Bluetooth keyboard to control VoiceOver on an iPad. Dive into iPad apps and control them with keyboard commands. No need to touch, swipe or type on the screen. Do it all from a keyboard!

Held by Anaheim Center

Technology News and Support Group

Mondays 1 – 2 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 09)

This virtual computer lab offers guided topics and discussions on technology and accessibility, driven by the San Diego Connection Pointe Team. Enjoy opportunities for training, information sharing, and community support.

Held by San Diego Center

Intro to iPhone/iPad Using VoiceOver

Mondays 1 – 2 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 09)

With VoiceOver on your iPhone or iPad, navigate the device without seeing the screen. Learn the basics to make calls, check voicemail, get the weather and so much more.

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Keyboard for VoiceOver on iPhone

Mondays 1:30 – 3 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 09)

Already know how to use VoiceOver? Go one step further and use a Bluetooth keyboard to control VoiceOver on an iPhone. Dive into iPhone apps and control them with keyboard commands. No need to touch, swipe or type on the screen. Do it all from a keyboard!

Held by Anaheim Center

Microsoft Teams Q&A

Mondays 1:30 – 3 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 09)

Discuss the latest news on technology, deals, and services. Have questions about the latest tech trend? Or want to discuss a unique experience you had with a device? This group is for you.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Tuesdays

iPhone Apps Designed for Blind and Low Vision Users

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

Delve into apps designed specifically with the blind and visually impaired in mind and learn how much your iPhone or iPad can do for you.

Held by Riverside Center

Intro to JAWS

Tuesdays 10 – 11 am
(7 wks, starts Mar 02)

Use JAWS screen reader – a tool for low to no vision users – to navigate the computer. Learn how keys such as tab, alt, space and arrows help navigate many computer programs. Become comfortable with simple web browsing tasks such as searching YouTube and Google.

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Using JAWS or Fusion to Browse the Internet

Tuesdays 10 – 11:30 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Learn keyboard commands to find and navigate websites, find topics of interest and create bookmarks for later. We’ll also find the latest training materials put out by the makers of JAWS and Fusion and learn how to explore YouTube for information on almost everything.

Held by Anaheim Center

Tech & App Confidence on iPhone/iPad

Tuesdays 10 – 11:30 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Learn about smart device apps to achieve your goals whether you have low vision or no vision. Goals include listening to audio books, radio stations, and connecting with friends and family. Q&A provided.

Held by Laguna Hills Center

Apps Designed for the Blind

Tuesdays 10 – 11:30 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Explore countless apps designed for the blind and visually impaired on iPhone and iPad. Discover how these apps can assist you in a multitude of ways in your daily life.

Held by Riverside Center

Intro to Amazon Alexa

Tuesdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 03)

Discover Amazon Alexa devices and learn what they offer such as the Alexa Voice assistant on the Echo Shows, Fire TV, Tablets, Speakers, Show and Tel, NFB Newsline, Bookshare, and many more.

Held by Anaheim Center

Wednesdays

The Podcast Club

2nd Wednesdays of the month 9:30 – 11:30 am
(Jan 11, Feb 08, Mar 08, Apr 12)

Don’t know what a podcast is? Have a favorite podcast? Like true crime? Food? Music? History? Or what about a good audio drama? Listen to assigned podcasts and review and discuss. Of course, we cover Visually Impaired Technology podcasts!

Held by Anaheim Center

Sumergete en Voice Over con su iPhone y su iPad

Los Miércoles 1 – 2:30 pm
(15 semanas, comienza el 04 de enero)

¿Alguna vez se han preguntado caul es son las aplicaciones que vienen preinstaladas en su iPhone o iPad? ¿Qué tal tomar el control de la configuración para personalizar su dispositivo según sus necesidades? Unase con nosotros para aprender de todo lo que viene con su dispositivo.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Exploring Accessible Games & Social Apps

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

Learn social networking apps and games with the iPhone/iPad using VoiceOver.Each week, learn a new app and explore it together. There are so many new apps popping up every day; you won’t be left behind by the trends. Prerequisites: Have a smart phone and email address.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Thursdays

All about Victor Reader Stream

Thursdays 10 – 11:30 am
(7 wks, starts Jan 05)

Learn to download audio books/magazines on Victor Reader Stream, listen and connect to radio stations, NFB Newsline, and Bookshare, create notes and so much more.

Held by Laguna Hills Center

Intro to iPhone/iPad VoiceOver

Thursday 10 – 11:30 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

Use VoiceOver on your iPhone or iPad to navigate the device even if you can’t see the screen. Learn the basics of making calls, checking voicemail, getting the weather and so much more.

Held by Anaheim Center

Introduction to Victor Reader Stream

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

Get started with Victor Reader basics, connect to your Wi-Fi, and more. Learn to download audio books from National Library Services using the Victor Reader Stream, listen to radio stations, create notes and much more. A Victor Reader is required.

Held by San Diego Center

All about Victor Reader Stream

Thursdays 2 – 3 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

Losing sight doesn’t mean you have to lose access to information. Need to jot something down quickly? Record a voice note instead. Want to read a book or gain easy access to your local newspaper? Learn how the Victor Reader Stream can give you access to books, magazines, local newspapers and much more.

Held by Riverside Center

Deep Dive into iPhone / iPad

Thursdays 2 – 4 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

Ever wondered what the apps on your iPhone or iPad can do? Take control of the settings to customize your device based on your needs. Join us for a deep dive into everything that comes with your device.

Los Angeles

Advanced iPhone / iPad Voice Over

Thursdays 3 – 4 pm
(7 wks, starts Mar 02)

Take your iPhone / iPad Voiceover navigation skills to the next level. Explore the rotor function, navigate through the applications such as Safari, Messages, Notes, Calendar and more.

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Fridays

Introducción a iPhone/iPad Voiceover

Los Viernes 10 – 11:30 am
(15 semanas, comienza el 06 de enero)

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

Comparing NVDA & JAWS

Fridays 11 am – 12 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 06)

Not all screen readers and websites are created equal. When you run into a problem on the Internet with your primary screen reader, why not try the alternative? Learn the similarities and differences between JAWS and NVDA and take advantage of keyboard shortcuts on popular sites like YouTube and more.

Held by San Diego Center

Using Windows Magnification to Navigate the Internet

Fridays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 06)

Explore basic Internet navigation using built-in magnification features on Windows computers. The Internet offers a wealth of opportunities for staying in touch with family and friends, finding helpful information, or shopping from the comfort of your home.

Held by San Diego Center

Todo Sobre Victor Reader Stream

Los Viernes 1 – 2:30 pm
(7 semanas, comienza el 06 de enero)

Imagina tener las últimas novelas, revistas, tu música favorita, acceso a más de 36.000 estaciones de radio web, películas descritas por audio, herramientas de referencia en línea y contenido multimedia enriquecido, tus propias grabaciones de voz y textos, todo en la palma de tu mano. Con su nuevo diseño ligero y compacto, VictorReader Stream ofrece horas de placer auditivo en cualquier lugar. Mucho más que otro reproductor de audio, las nuevas capacidades inalámbricas Streams abren el mundo a las personas ciegas o con discapacidad visual.

Held by Anaheim Center

Usando el Correo Electrónico en iPhone y iPad

Los Viernes 1 – 2:30 pm
(7 semanas, comienza el 24 de febrero)

Usando un iPhone o iPad, aprende cómo crear un correo electronico o email. Apenderas como usar y navegar por tus correos electrónicos y mucho mas.

Held by Anaheim Center

Android Support Group

Fridays 2 – 3 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 06)

Join weekly discussions on the latest Android news and apps. This group also covers how to get the most out of TalkBack and Google Assistant.

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Technology News & Support Group

Fridays 2 – 4 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 06)

Discuss the latest news on technology, deals, and services. Have questions about the latest tech trend? Want to discuss a unique experience you had with a device? This group is for you.

Held by Los Angeles Center

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
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

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.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Wednesdays

Creative Writing: Memoir (Your Story)

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

Do you dream of writing about your life and sharing with family and friends? Take stories from your mind to the page. Explore memoir writing, personal essays, and more. Open to all levels.

Held by Anaheim Center

Upcycling

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

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 unique artworks.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Thursdays

Art & Writing Independent Studio

Thursdays 10 – 11:30 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

Experiment with your unique art projects while developing your at-home studio space. Receive feedback and learn about upcoming creative calls for entry. Prior art experience recommended.

Held by Anaheim Center

Basketry

Thursdays 10 – 11:30 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

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

Fridays

Creative Writing and Storytelling

Fridays 11 am – 12 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 06)

Develop your stories either by oral tradition or by writing. Find your confidence while organizing your feelings.

Held by Los Angeles Center

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 09)

Listen and learn about music from all around the world.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Rock Legends

Mondays 11 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 09)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center

Let’s Talk Music

Mondays 1 – 2 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 09)

Join this interactive, music appreciation class as we listen to different musical genres and discuss them. Listen to golden oldies as well as music of today.

Held by San Diego Center

Tuesdays

Garageband (Beginning)

Tuesdays 10 – 11:30 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

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.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Garageband (Advanced)

Tuesdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

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.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Wednesdays

Piano

Wednesdays 10 – 11:30 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

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.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Poetry of Rock

Wednesdays 10 – 11 am
(10 wks, starts Jan 04)

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

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Intro to Classical Music

Wednesdays 11 am – 12 pm
(10 wks, starts Jan 04)

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

Apreciación de Musica En Español

Los Miercoles 11 – 12 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan. 4)

Si le encanta todo tipo de música para cautivar su espíritu entonces esta clase es para usted. Tocamos una gran variedad de música para relajarse y entretenerse durante horas.

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Greatest Hits from Bach to Rock

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

If you’re a music lover, this class is for you! Listen to familiar and new songs, while learning about the people and stories behind the music. Students decide on the music to be featured each week – big Band, country, rock and roll – anything goes!

Held by Anaheim Center

Advanced Piano

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

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

Held by Los Angeles Center

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 09)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center

Cocinar en Microondas

Los Lunes 11 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 09)

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

Tuesdays

Instant Pot Cooking

Tuesdays 10 – 11:30 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

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.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Beginning Adaptive Cooking

Thursdays 10 – 11:30 am
(7 wks, starts Jan 05 & Mar 02)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center

Thursdays

Cooking with Ease

Thursdays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

Learn to use a variety of kitchen appliances, streamline your meal prep, explore delicious one-pan dinners, create comforting meals in a mug, and master cooking safety tips and hacks.

Held by Coachella Valley Center

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
Tuesdays 10 – 11am
Thursdays 11 am – 12 pm
Tuesdays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

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

Braille Reading and Writing

Mondays through Fridays 10 am – 3 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

*Weekly appointment scheduled at the time of registration

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

Held by Los Angeles Center

US History Book Club

Mondays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 09)

Join visually impaired students to read and discuss a wide range of works focused on the ever-fascinating history of America. Enjoy lively conversations with fellow history buffs.

Held by San Diego Center

Tuesdays

Book Club

3rd Tuesdays of the month 8:30 – 9:30 am
(4 months, starts Jan 17)

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

Biblioteca 101 en Español

4to martes del mes 10 – 11 am
(comienza el 24 de enero)

Acompáñenos en esta divertida e informativa clase mensual en donde aprenderá sobre los variados servicios y programas que ofrecen la biblioteca. Cada mes se introducirá un tema diferente.

Held by Anaheim Center

Research, Writing & Editing: Genealogy

Tuesdays 2 – 3 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Learn how to research, write, and edit your personal essays and writings. This semester we will focus on genealogy research!

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Wednesdays

Library 101

2nd Wednesdays of the month 10 – 11 am
(3 months, starts Jan 11 )

Classes will cover all things library; take a deep dive into getting the most from their library services. Topics include how to request books, books on demand, how to search the online catalog, downloading books, and much more. Handouts and book lists will be included.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Book Club

1st Wednesdays of the month 1 – 2:30 pm
(starts Jan 04)

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

Held by Laguna Hills Center

Book Club

3rd Wednesdays of the month 1 – 2:30 pm
(starts Jan 18)

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

Held by Anaheim Center

Book Club

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

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

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Thursdays

eReader Book Group

Thursdays 10 – 12 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 5)

The Braille Institute Library has joined the National Library Service in distributing braille eReaders on a long-term loan basis to all interested Braille Institute Library patrons. This device can access a wealth of books and online content and pair with your iPhone. If you already have an eReader, or curious about it, this class is for you.

Held by Los Angeles & Santa Barbara Centers

Braille Reading & Writing

Thursdays 10 – 11:30 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 5)

Learn the basics of reading and writing the Alphabet, numbers, symbols, indicators, and uncontracted and contracted Braille.

Held by Laguna Hills Center

Online Library Archives

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan. 5)

Did you know that archival materials are used to inspire and inform creativity by allowing library users to write history? Learn to navigate a digital archive, search for useful information, explore the ever-popular Helen Keller Archive, and learn the value of preserving digital information.

Held by Anaheim & Santa Barbara Centers

Club de Lectura en Español

El grupo se reúne el tercer jueves de cada mes de 11 am – 12 pm
(19 de enero, 16 de febrero, 16 de marzo, 13 de abril, comienza el 19 de enero)

Los estudiantes con discapacidad visual que comparten la pasión por la literatura se reúnen mensualmente para discusiones animadas sobre la lectura. Los estudiantes que participen escogen los libros en anticipo. Se recomienda el uso de la aplicación móvil de BARD. La Biblioteca del Instituto Braille proporcionará libros parlantes y dispositivos lectores de libros para quienes los requieran.

Held by San Diego Center

Fridays

Braille Reading and Writing

Fridays 10 – 11:30 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 06)

Covers alphabet, numbers, punctuation and abbreviations.

Held by Anaheim Center

Connect with Other Readers

1st Fridays of the month 1 – 2 pm
(full term, starts Jan 6)

Once a month, come together with fellow Braille Institute Library patrons to share your love of reading, seek suggestions, and give recommendations for great books!

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Book Club

One Friday per month 1 – 2:30 pm
(Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, April 14)

Visually impaired students who share a passion for incredible fiction and nonfiction stories meet monthly for lively discussions. The curriculum is decided by participating students. BARD is encouraged. Talking books and book readers will be provided by the Braille Institute Library.

Held by San Diego Center

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

Stress Management

Mondays 11 am – 12 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 09 & Feb 27)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center

Home & Personal Management

Mondays 1 – 2 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 09 & Feb 27)

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

Conciencia Sensorial

Los Lunes 2 – 3 pm
(7 semanas, comienza el 09 de enero y el 27 de febrero)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center

Tuesdays

Memory Enhancement

Tuesdays 10 – 11 am
(7 wks, starts Jan 03 & Feb 28)

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

Independent Living Skills

Tuesdays 10 – 11:30 am
(8 wks, starts Jan 03)

Manage activities for everyday tasks like organizing, labeling, personal care, writing techniques, managing medications and money, confidence in the kitchen and more.

Held by Laguna Hills Center

Sensory Awareness

Tuesdays 10 – 11:30 am
(5 wks, starts Feb 28)

Rely more on your senses of touch, sound, smell, and taste in your daily routines. This short 5-week course follows the Independent Living Skills class.

Held by Laguna Hills Center

O&M Mesa Redonda en Español

2do martes del mes 10 – 11: 30 am
(10 de enero, 14 de febrero, 14 de marzo, 11 de abril)

Una clase mensual para estudiantes del Instituto Braille para discutir diferentes temas relacionados con la Orientación y Movilidad.

Held by Anaheim Center

Rights & Resources

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

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

Wednesdays

Out and About

Wednesdays at 10 am Leticia Hybrid (6 wks, starts Jan 18)
Teams Meeting Dates: Jan 18, Feb 01, Mar 01, Mar 29
Offsite Meeting Dates: Feb 15, Mar 15

Get yourself up to speed in this class to go out to lunch, shopping or running errands. Help maintain your independence while informing our community that vision loss is not a barrier to living independently.

Habilidades de Vida Independiente

Los Miércoles 1 – 2: 30 pm
(8 semanas, comienza el 15 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

O&M Overview

Wednesdays 1:30 – 2:30 pm
(4 wks, starts Mar 08)

An overview of Orientation and Mobility skills where you will learn new tips while building confidence and sharing experiences.

Held by Anaheim Center

Thursdays

Sensory Awareness

Thursdays 10 – 11 am
(7 wks, starts Jan 05 & Mar 02)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center

Organización del Hogar

Los Jueves 10 – 11 am
(7 semanas, comienza el 05 de enero y el 02 de marzo)

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

Memory Enhancement

Thursdays 11 am – 12 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 05 & Mar 02)

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

Travel through the City

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

Explore best practices while traveling, find out about and use apps and services to travel more effectively, and learn about exciting places in Riverside.

Held by Riverside Center

Rights & Resources

Thursdays 11 am – 12 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 05 & Mar 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

Mejora de la Memoria

Los Jueves 1 – 2 pm
(7 semanas, comienza el 05 de enero y el 02 de marzo)

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

Independent Living Skills

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 05 & Mar 02)

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

Derechos y Recursos

Los Jueves 2 – 3 pm
(7 semanas, comienza el 05 de enero y el 02 de marzo)

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

Fridays

Stress Management

Fridays 10 – 11 am
(7 wks, starts Jan 06 & Mar 03)

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

Held by Los Angeles Center

Orientation & Mobility Essentials

Fridays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 06)

Join by phone or on Microsoft Teams to learn about and discuss O&M topics such as human guide, protective techniques, white cane skills, and transportation options.

Held by San Diego Center

Orientation Strategies

Fridays (Bi-Weekly) 11 am – 12 pm
(8 wks, starts Jan 06)

Learn all about the various basic orientation strategies for traveling safely and efficiently in your travel environments. Learn concepts such as Jacobson’s 5-point travel system, cardinal directions, spatial concepts, time distance estimation, cognitive mapping, and much more.

Held by Los Angeles Center

O&M Estrategias de Orientación

Los Viernes quincenalmente 11 am – 12 pm
(8 clases, comienza el 06 de enero)

Aprenda todo sobre las diversas estrategias básicas de orientación para viajar de manera segura y eficiente en sus entornos de viaje. Aprenda conceptos como el sistema de viaje de 5 puntos de Jacobson, las direcciones cardinales, los conceptos espaciales, la estimación de la distancia temporal, el mapeo cognitivo y mucho más.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Home & Personal Management

Fridays 1 – 2 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 06 & Mar 03)

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

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

Mondays

Healthy Living

Mondays 10 – 11:30 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 09)

Explore how you can lead a healthier, happier life in this fun and interactive class. Led by a registered nurse, students will share ideas and work together to decide topics for the class, such as “How to Talk to Your Doc,” “Home Safety” and “Loving Your Feet.”

Held by Anaheim Center

Ventura County Support Group

Mondays 10 – 11 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 09)

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

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation

Mondays 10 – 11 am
(12 wks, starts Jan 09)

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

Held by Riverside Center

Las Personas con Artritis Pueden Hacer Ejercicio (PACE)

Los Lunes 10 – 11 am
(14 semanas, comienza el 09 de enero)

Ejercicio en grupo para un entrenamiento cardiovascular.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Women’s Peer Support Group

Mondays 10 – 11: 30 am
(14 wks, starts Jan 09)

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

Held by Anaheim Center

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

Los Lunes 1 – 2 pm
(14 semanas, comienza el 09 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

Tuesdays

Yoga for VI

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

Join OG Yoga for a mindfulness-based, gentle step-by-step, compassionate yoga practice. Braille Institute has partnered with OG Yoga to provide the healing power of yoga, facilitating breath work, supported poses, and meditation to help control internal stress, build strength, and develop equanimity in the face of extreme challenges.

Held by San Diego Center

Living with Vision Loss Support Group

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

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.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Healing Mind and Body

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

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

Held by San Diego Center

Grupo de Apoyo de Mujeres

Los Martes 1 – 2:30 pm
(15 semanas, comienza el 03 de enero)

Grupo de apoyo de mujeres para generar confianza y compartir experiencias.

Held by Anaheim Center

Support Group

Tuesdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

Build confidence and share experiences with your peers.

Held by Laguna Hills Center

Living with Diabetes Support Group

Tuesdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 03)

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

Young at Heart

Tuesdays 2 – 3 pm
(7 wks, starts Jan 03 & Feb 28)

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

Wednesdays

Peer Support Group

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

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

Mindful Living (Mindfulness)

Wednesdays 10 – 11:30 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

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.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Vivir con Pérdida de Visión

Los Miércoles 11 am – 12 pm
(15 semanas, comienza el 04 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

Living with Vision Loss Support Group

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

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.

Held by Los Angeles Center

Support Connections

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

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.

Held by Coachella Valley Center

Thursdays

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

Los Jueves 9 – 10 am
(15 semanas, comienza el 05 de enero)

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.

Held by Coachella Valley Center

Living with Vision Loss Support Group

Thursdays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

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.

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Vision Loss INSIGHT

Thursdays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

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

Held by Coachella Valley Center

Living With Vision Loss Support Group

Thursdays 10 – 11 am
(7 wks, starts Mar 02)

Share your experiences and coping strategies related to vision loss or blindness. Explore topics on denial, anger, stress, acceptance, working toward living a positive and productive life with vision loss.

Held by San Diego Center

Blind Rhythm

Thursdays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

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

Grupo de Apoyo para Vivir con Pérdida de la Visión

Los Jueves 1 – 2:30 pm
(15 semanas, comienza el 05 de enero)

Serie de discusión para desarrollar la fuerza emocional.

Held by Anaheim Center

Living with Diabetes Support Group

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

Share your experiences and discuss topics on cooking, medications, diet, exercise, and living a positive life with diabetes and vision loss.

Held by Laguna Hills Center

Fridays

Women’s Health Class

Fridays 10 – 11:30 am
(7 wks, starts Jan 06)

This class will focus on various topics related to women’s mind/body health. Topics will include relaxation, sleep and meditation, exercise and nutrition, body image and awareness as a visually impaired woman, anger management and setting and maintaining healthy boundaries.

Held by Anaheim Center

Men’s Peer Support Group

Fridays 10 – 11:30 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 06)

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

Held by Anaheim Center

Positive Living

Fridays 10 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 06)

Discuss the importance of having a positive mindset and being proactive in challenging situations.

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Men’s Support Group

Fridays 11 am – 12 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 06)

Share your experiences, coping skills and vision loss strategies. Explore topics on denial, anger, stress, acceptance and striving to live a positive and productive life with vision loss.

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Move to the Music

Fridays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 06)

Learn expressive and spontaneous movement inspired by a variety of music, including music from the ’60s and ’70s.

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Young Adult Group

1 Friday per month 2 – 3 pm
(4 months, starts Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 14)

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

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

Trivial Pursuit

Mondays 11 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 09)

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

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Talk Foodie to Me

Mondays 11 am – 12 pm
(14 wks, starts Jan 09)

Join in on conversations, if you enjoy eating food, talking about food, and planning food adventures, this class is for you! The goal of the class is to learn about different types of foods while challenging your knowledge of food with some fun trivia questions.

Held by San Diego Center

Wednesdays

Trivia

Wednesdays 11 am – 12 pm, 2 – 3 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 04)

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

Held by San Diego Center

Cliches and Proverbs

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

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

Held by San Diego Center

Thursdays

Let’s Go to the Movies

Thursdays 9:30 – 11 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

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

Games & Tips for a Healthy Brain

Thursdays 10 – 11:30 am
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

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

Held by Anaheim Center

Sports Talk

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

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

Held by Los Angeles Center

Current Events

Thursdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

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

Media Club

Thursdays 1 – 2 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

Each week, listen to assigned media that is interesting and informative. The following week, share opinions, feelings, likes and dislikes with the group.

Held by Santa Barbara Center

Conversational Spanish

Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

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

Held by Anaheim Center

Current Events

Thursdays 2 – 3:30 pm
(15 wks, starts Jan 05)

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