Every year, nearly 40,000 Californians with blindness, low vision, or other physical disabilities depend on Braille Institute for a comprehensive range of services to live full, productive and independent lives. And now, with measures going into effect to protect against COVID-19, people living with blindness and vision loss are at greater risk of experiencing even more social isolation. Our library service is a lifeline for them to stay connected to the world.
We rely on funding from the California State Legislature to provide these services free to our patrons and students. And this year, we need your help to secure that funding.
From over 300 educational and enrichment classes that build confidence and self-sufficiency, to our award-winning library that circulates nearly a million books in accessible formats, to providing one-on-one instruction on how to get around safely using a cane, Braille Institute transforms the lives of adults and children across the state. Right now, legislators in Sacramento are determining whether or not to fund the programs our community relies on every day.
At Braille Institute, no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Let’s keep it that way.
Sign our petition to the California State Legislature and urge them to support library funding for Californians who are blind or visually impaired.