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Our Stories2018-05-17T16:10:10-07:00

Braille Institute Welcomes Ophthalmic Leader Madhu Ayyagari To Its Board of Directors

Los Angeles, CA – February 20, 2024: Braille Institute, a leading organization dedicated to empowering individuals with vision loss, is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Madhu Ayyagari to its Board of Directors. With over 25 years of experience in ophthalmic medical device research and development, Dr. Ayyagari brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to Braille Institute's mission of positively transforming the lives

By |February 20th, 2024|Categories: Blog, Our Stories, Press Releases|

Braille Institute Illuminates Low Vision Awareness Month with Workshops Led by Medical Experts

Online seminars and personalized low vision consultations, free of charge, for those experiencing vision loss. LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1, 2024 - February is "Low Vision Awareness Month" and Braille Institute stands at the forefront, dedicated to shedding light on the challenges faced by individuals with low vision and offering invaluable resources. This month-long initiative includes free online workshops led by medical experts, delving into the latest

By |February 1st, 2024|Categories: Blog, Low Vision Awareness Month, Our Stories, Press Releases|

Braille Institute Celebrates 5th Annual “Assistive Technology Month” In January

Experts discuss the latest in assistive technology to increase independence and improve daily activity for those who are blind or visually impaired LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3, 2024  Braille Institute, a leading organization dedicated to empowering individuals with vision impairment, proudly announces its 5th Annual Assistive Technology Month, taking place throughout January 2024. This month-long initiative aims to showcase the latest innovations in assistive technology, focusing on Artificial Intelligence

By |January 3rd, 2024|Categories: Blog, Our Stories, Press Releases|

Joey’s Orientation & Mobility Story

In honor of Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Month, we sat down with Braille Institute O&M Intern Joey Hernandez to learn all about her journey into the field.  Her energetic, empathetic leadership and passion for O&M inspire our adult and youth students alike. Here is Joey's O&M story, in her own words.  So first, can you just tell us a bit about yourself? What is your name, your

By |October 27th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Our Stories|Tags: , , , |

Braille Institute Of America Names William M. Nelson As Vice President Of People & Culture

Braille Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of William (Bill) M. Nelson as their inaugural Vice President of People & Culture.

By |August 7th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Our Stories, Press Releases|

Los Angeles Times Features Braille Institute Library’s New Sensory Wall

The following is an excerpt from the Los Angeles Times article by staff writer Deborah Vankin: "Do touch the art. This first-of-its kind L.A. artwork offers a tactile cityscape." You could say that Megan Whitmarsh and Carla Tome are particularly hands-on regarding their new public art project, which debuts April 26. The artists, who are not blind, created a large sensory wall and companion mural at the Braille

By |April 26th, 2023|Categories: Our Stories|

Remembering Dr. Bill Takeshita—A Guiding Light

Dr. Bill Takeshita, OD, FAAO, FCOVF passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023. He was a low vision optometrist, a beloved member of the SoCal visual impairment community, and especially dear to us here at Braille Institute. Dr. Bill was a guiding light to us—students, families, and professionals—and we’re lucky to have worked with him over the years. “It is an honor to have met

By |March 17th, 2023|Categories: Our Stories|