Re-opening of Braille Institute’s Centers

Important Updates

(as of April 4, 2022)

Good news, Braille Institute’s centers are re-opening their doors for in-person classes and services! Thank you for your patience as we transition our services back onsite.

COVID-19 guidelines and safety protocols for in-person visits

Select 1-1 In-Person Appointments

Begins Monday, April 18, 2022

  • Scheduled in-person 1-1 appointments will begin for Low Vision, Orientation & Mobility, and Connection Pointe Technology services.
  • The Vistas store in the LA Center will be open for visitors by appointment and library services will provide in-person pick-up of books.
  • All in-person students, library patrons, volunteers and clients must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination. Those who are not vaccinated, can continue to receive services and attend classes remotely.
  • 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, which is 6 months after the second dose for Pfizer or Moderna, or 2 months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those who are not vaccinated, can continue to receive services and attend classes remotely.
  • All individuals at the centers will be required to wear a surgical/medical grade, N95 or KN95 face mask while onsite. Clients/students may bring no more than 1 guest to escort them to the appointment.
  • Delivery of remote classes and workshops will continue. Only individuals with scheduled appointments may visit the center(s) on the appointed day. The center will only be open to students or visitors who have a valid in-person appointment during this phase.

Full Re-Opening of Centers

Begins Monday, May 2, 2022

  • Only students who have registered for in-person classes may return to the centers for group classes on the scheduled class day(s).
  • All in-person students, library patrons, volunteers and clients must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination. Those who are not vaccinated, can continue to receive services and attend classes remotely.
  • All in-person library services will be available at this time including utilization of the library area and computers.
  • In-home services will resume at this time. Students who receive in-home visits must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination.
  • Child Development Services will return to in-person at this time. Parents must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.
  • Youth Services will have the option to return to in-person, small group instruction. Youth students (ages 7-18) must be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. Parents of youth who attend youth programs must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.
  • All individuals at the centers and at home visits will be required to wear a surgical/medical grade, N95 or KN95 face mask while onsite.
  • 1-1 appointments and remote service offerings will continue. The centers will only be open to students and individuals who have a valid in-person class or appointment during this phase.
  • Please stay home if you are feeling ill or exhibiting any symptoms (cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, fever, chills, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, aches, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, etc.)

Remote Classes and Services Will Continue

With the re-opening of our centers, Braille Institute will move to a hybrid delivery model that enables individuals to participate in-person and/or remotely for classes and services. There are more than 300 online classes and workshops available for you to attend from the comfort of your home, free of charge.

If you have questions about our re-opening, need to explore an accommodation, or are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553).

Please note Braille Institute guidelines and policies may be subject to change based on latest COVID-19 cases and/or updates from the CDC, Cal OSHA, state or local authorities.

Re-Opening FAQ – Patrons
Re-Opening FAQ – Students
Re-Opening FAQ – Volunteers