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

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|

Braille Institute Of America Names James P. Kales As Chief Executive Officer

Braille Institute announced today that the Organization’s Board of Directors has named James P. Kales as Chief Executive Officer. He will assume day-to-day leadership of the organization as CEO on December 12, 2022. Kales, a leader in the non-profit sector, brings more than 25 years of experience working for organizations such as United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

By |October 13th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Our Stories, Press Releases|

Braille Institute Establishes Partnership With CSULA to Provide Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Internships

LOS ANGELES -- September 14, 2022 -- Braille Institute has entered into an agreement with California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) to provide graduate students in their O&M program the ability to obtain hands-on experience by working with blind and visually impaired individuals at one of Braille Institute’s seven centers through a formal internship training program.

By |September 15th, 2022|Categories: Our Stories, Press Releases|

Braille Institute Names Winners of the 2022 Braille Challenge

Los Angeles — June 27, 2022 — Celebrating more than 100 years of positively transforming the lives of those with vision loss, Braille Institute announced the winners of the 2022 Braille Challenge this past Saturday at the Finals Award Ceremony held at the University of Southern California campus.

By |June 27th, 2022|Categories: Our Stories, Press Releases|

Braille Institute Announces 2022 Teacher of the Year Melinda Demaris

Los Angeles, May 18, 2022 -- Braille Institute has named Melinda Demaris as its 2022 “Teacher of the Year” for excellence in braille instruction. The award is part of Braille Institute’s annual Braille Challenge competition, the only academic competition of its kind in North America and the U.K. for students who are blind or visually impaired.

By |May 18th, 2022|Categories: Our Stories, Press Releases|

Braille Institute Named as a “10 Most Innovative Assistive Technology Companies”

Braille Institute: Empowering your Future by Empowering your Vision Progressive low vision, blindness, and low sightedness are diagnoses that petrify many as people do not fear the loss of vision but rather their independence. But it doesn't have to be that way. Braille Institute has worked to empower people who live with vision loss and help them become independent while maximizing their remaining vision. It

By |May 16th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Our Stories|

Finalists Announced for 2022 Braille Challenge Finals

Los Angeles, May 5, 2022 – Braille Institute is proud to announce the 50 finalists for the 2022 Braille Challenge Finals competition. These competitors achieved the highest scores in the braille literacy testing competition, out of over 800 youth across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

By |May 4th, 2022|Categories: Our Stories, Press Releases|