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

Fatherhood and Accessible Technology

I’m Skylar Covich, the new Access Technology Specialist at Braille Institute Santa Barbara. I have been totally blind since birth. This has not stopped me from having a variety of experiences like earning a doctorate in political science, being one of the most active administrators on Wikipedia, downhill skiing with Paralympic athletes, and singing the Mozart Requiem in a choir by ear.Most importantly, I’m the

By |October 7th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories, Santa Barbara Stories, Technology Month|

The Joy of Reading With Braille

Sitting under the shade of a tree, the warm breeze plays at the book pages under your fingertips. Perhaps the book you’re reading is an adventure story with pirates. Or maybe you’re learning about early United States history. Whatever the book is, your fingers are gliding along the pages of code revealing another world. Another time. Dominique Hackett is a volunteer with the Braille

By |May 12th, 2021|Categories: Santa Barbara Stories, Volunteer Stories|

Braille Institute Celebrates Library Month in April with Free Livestream Event & Workshops

Celebrating Library Month in April, Braille Institute has offered thousands of free braille books and audiobooks to those who are visually impaired, and print disabled in Southern California for more than 100 years.

By |March 31st, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|

2021 Braille Challenge WEBINAR SERIES – Updated for March!

Join us for fun, informational, and engaging webinars as we celebrate excellence in braille literacy across North America. Hear from leaders and experts in the field about a wide range of topics in our 9-part series

By |January 21st, 2021|Categories: Braille Challenge Newsroom|

Braille Institute Student: Nimfa’s technology journey from flip phone to newest iPhone

Nimfa’s story is perfect for Technology Month, which we celebrate each January at Braille Institute, and she is just one of the thousands of people who are blind and visually impaired, who we have helped maximize their independence through technology for visually impaired education over the past more than 100 years.

By |December 17th, 2020|Categories: Our Stories, Sight Loss Blog, Technology Month|

Orientation & Mobility helps Braille Institute Student Dan Varney walk up to 25 miles each day

Dan’s story is perfect for Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Month, which we celebrate each October at Braille Institute, and he is just one of the thousands of people who are blind and visually impaired, who we have helped maximize their independence through O&M training over the past more than 100 years.

By |October 14th, 2020|Categories: Our Stories|

Meet Jerry Damon: prolific traveler, award-winning artist, Braille Institute student

Jerry Damon is a man on the go. Despite his blindness, through orientation and mobility training, Jerry has been able to lead an incredibly active, mobile, and award-winning life as an artist.

By |October 8th, 2020|Categories: Our Stories|
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