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

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|

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|