Workshops & Events for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Good news! Braille Institute centers are re-opening for On-Site classes and in-person services beginning Monday, May 02, 2022.

Remote Workshops Are Open to the Public — Anyone May Attend

  • One-day workshops open to the public (you do not need to be a student)
  • All workshops this semester will be online only
  • Workshop topics – life skills, technology, arts & healthy living, and more.
  • 50+ workshops to choose from

All classes and workshops are provided FREE OF CHARGE to our students and community thanks to the generosity of our donors.

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Upcoming Workshops & Events

Santa Barbara County Rights and Resources

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We will cover a broad range of some of the accessible resources available in Santa Barbara County including transportation, community

Free

Understanding Vision Loss

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As your vision changes due to Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, or other conditions, we offer free programs and services

Free

Intro to Salsa Music

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The sounds of Salsa music have been recorded and enjoyed for almost a century. Braille Institute Music Instructor Fay Roberts

Free

Instacart

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Join us for this fun workshop to learn about Instacart, an online grocery delivery company that is completely changing the

Free

Achieve Your Goals Using Technology

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Whatever means of technology you might have, let's get them to follow your goals. Consider tasks such as reading a

Free

What Can Your Apple Watch Do for You?

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What can your Apple Watch do for you besides sending or receiving calls and using apps? You will learn about

Free

Understanding Vision Loss

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For family, friends, and professionals, who are interested in learning about the basics of blindness and visual impairment. Join us

Free

Comprendiendo la Perdida de Vision

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Presentado por Leticia Hernandez, instructora de Coachella Valley para adultos y jóvenes proporcionará información a personas que estén interesados en

Free

Descubre mas con BARD!

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¿Alguna ves le encantado un libro tanto que le gustaria eschuchar? Hablaremos sobre la aplicación BARD y como utilizarlo en

Free

Staying Organized with Siri

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Learn tips for using Siri to organize your life, including keeping track of appointments, and staying on top of your

Free

Principles of Contrast

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Come learn the basic principles of contrast! Our instructor will provide information during this online workshop on low contrast sensitivity

Free

All About the California Telephone Access Program

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Guest presenter, Michelle Gloster of the California Telephone Access Program, reviews the Public Utilities Commission Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program.

Free

Introducion a Amazon Alexa

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Presentación de Amazon Alexa ¡Descubre todas las tareas que puedes realizar con tu Echo Dot o un Echo Show! Únase

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Introduction to Alexa

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Discover all the tasks you can accomplish with your Echo Dot or an Echo Show! Join us for this online

Free

Apps Designed with the Blind in Mind

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Come learn about apps for the iPhone and iPad designed specifically with blind and visually impaired people in mind.  Please

Free

Is There an App for That?

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Discover all the useful Apps available to those with Low Vision to No Vision. We will discuss apps that can

Free

Braille Literacy for Adult Learners

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Examine the continued importance of Braille literacy for adult learners, even partially sighted individuals, in an age that brings constant

Free

Braille 101

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Learn about the history of Braille and its practical use. We’ll cover the methods of writing Braille, contracted and uncontracted

Free

Summer Fall Prevention

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Join us on the first Friday of summer to learn 6 easy steps to prevent falls. We will include Orientation

Free

Comprendiendo la Pérdida de Visión

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A medida que su visión cambia debido a la degeneración macular, el glaucoma, la retinopatía diabética u otras afecciones, ofrecemos

Free

Acceso Gratuito a Audiolibros – BARD

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Aprenda a descargar libros y revistas gratuitos a sus dispositivos inteligentes. ¡Damos la bienvenida a todos los participantes! Llame al

Free

Exploring the World of Audio Books

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Join us as we demonstrate how you can get free audio books through the Braille Audio Reading Download application on

Free

Understanding Vision Loss

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For family, friends, and professionals, who are interested in learning about the basics of blindness and visual impairment. Join us

Free

Summer Cooking

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Join Living Skills Instructor, Leticia Hernandez, to learn easy and refreshing recipes just right for when its hot out. Please

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Experience miniTREAD Fitness

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Join us and learn about miniTREAD fitness. miniTREAD is a compact and safe treadmill that fits under a table or

Free

Laughing Yoga

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Simple exercises to reduce stress that utilize laughter with yoga breathing techniques. A program for your health and wellbeing. For

Free

Spring Teas and Tonics

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This workshop covers spring and summer beverages including iced teas, coffees, and juices, and how you can make these easily

Free

Understanding Vision Loss

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As your vision changes due to Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, or other conditions, we offer free programs and services

Free

Understanding Microsoft Teams

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This workshop will cover the advantages of video conferencing and how an individual can join a Microsoft TEAMS meeting with

Free

Technology in the Kitchen

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If you need help following recipes, identifying ingredients, and cooking, there are many easy-to-use technological solutions available. Come learn about

Free

Understanding Vision Loss

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As your vision changes due to Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, or other conditions, we offer free programs and services

Free

Cómo Mantenerse Seguro en Línea Parte 1

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Ya sea que esté comprando en línea, revisando los correos electrónicos, o navegando en las redes sociales, debe estar pendiente

Free

Braille Displays

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Braille continues to be a good way to read the screen on your computer and even your phone. There are

Free

Android Accessibility Topics

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Learn about the accessibility features an Android Device has to offer in this workshop. We will discuss magnification, Google voice

Free

Understanding Vision Loss

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For family, friends, and professionals, who are interested in learning about the basics of blindness and visual impairment. Join us

Free

Understanding Vision Loss

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Learn the basics of vision loss, sighted guide and other skills to assist people with diminished vision. Find out about

Free

Intro to Salsa Music

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The sounds of Salsa music have been recorded and enjoyed for almost a century. Braille Institute Music Instructor Fay Roberts

Free

How to Travel with Metro Micro

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Micro is Metro’s new on-demand rideshare service, offering trips within several zones in LA county. Join our special presentation to

Free

Louie Voice Control for Android

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Use your voice and this free app to interact with apps such as YouTube, Gmail, Play Store, Messenger, Uber, WhatsApp,

Free

Instacart

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Join us for this fun workshop to learn about Instacart, an online grocery delivery company that is completely changing the

Free

All About the Ambutech Cane

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Do you wonder whether you should be using a White Cane or not? Then this is the workshop for you!

Free

Understanding Microsoft Teams

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This workshop will cover the advantages of video conferencing and how an individual can join a Microsoft TEAMS meeting with

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Aging in Place

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Learn food options and lifestyle tips to support aging healthily. The keys to successful aging include accepting changes and finding

Free

Assistive Devices for Low Vision

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This workshop details the ins-and-outs of low vision devices and how they can assist you in maintaining your independence. Everything

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Giving Up The Car Keys

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Should you drive with low vision? Are you and others safe? When is the right time to give up the

Free

Apps Designed With The Blind In Mind

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Come learn about apps for the iPhone and iPad designed specifically with blind and visually impaired people in mind.  Please

Free

Soups!

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Braille Institute Cooking Instructor Mindy presents on the skills and knowledge you'll need to create delicious soups! Using "low-tech" adaptive

Free

Understanding Vision Loss

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For family, friends, and professionals, who are interested in learning about the basics of blindness and visual impairment. Join us

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WeWalk Fundraising Program

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Meet with Paul Burden from WeWalk as he discusses WeWalk's fundraising program to help students purchase a cane. For more

Free

What’s Up Siri

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Is Siri getting smarter than you think? Can Siri do more? In this class, we will explore Siri beyond making

Free

What Do We Learn in “Sensory Awareness?”

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Braille Institute Daily Living Skills Instructor Manuele and O&M Specialist Adrienn present on concepts covered in "Sensory Awareness" at Braille

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Introduction to Amazon Alexa

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Discover all the tasks you can accomplish with your Echo Dot or an Echo Show! Join us for this online

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Screen Readers and Microsoft Word

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Skylar Covich, Access Technology Instructor will explain the fundamentals of using Word with a Screen reader; he will give keyboard

Free

Braille Literacy for Adult Learners

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Examine the continued importance of Braille literacy for adult learners, even partially sighted individuals, in an age that brings constant

Free

Understanding Vision Loss

Virtual Event CA

As your vision changes due to Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, or other conditions, we offer free programs and services

Free

Guide Dogs in the Home

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A discussion about the fundamentals of pet care (including guide dogs) and how to be a responsible low-vision pet parent.

Free

El cuidado dental y el impacto en su salud

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En este taller, aprenderá a mantener buenos hábitos dentales que aumentan su confianza y lo mantienen saludable. El cuidado dental

Free

Non-24 Circadian Rhythm Sleep Wake Disorder

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Non-24 Circadian Rhythm Sleep Wake Disorder is a chronic condition affecting mainly individuals who are totally blind, but also affects

Free

Cómo Mantenerse Seguro en Línea Parte 2

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Ya sea que esté comprando en línea, revisando los correos electrónicos o navegando en las redes sociales, debe estar pendiente

Free

Understanding Microsoft Teams

Virtual Event CA

This workshop will cover the advantages of video conferencing and how an individual can join a Microsoft TEAMS meeting with

Free

Is a Guide Dog Right for You?

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Guide dog partners are trusted friends that offer new opportunities for interaction and greater independence. Learn if a guide dog

Free

Introduction to Victor Reader

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Come and discover all the fun things you can do with a Victor Reader! We will discuss downloading audio books

Free

Understanding Vision Loss

Virtual Event CA

For family, friends, and professionals, who are interested in learning about the basics of blindness and visual impairment. Join us

Free

Comprendiendo la Pérdida de Visión

Virtual Event CA

A medida que su visión cambia debido a la degeneración macular, el glaucoma, la retinopatía diabética u otras afecciones, ofrecemos

Free

Compresión de la Pérdida de Visión

Virtual Event CA

Presentado por Leticia Hernandez, instructora de Coachella Valley para adultos y jóvenes proporcionará información a personas que estén interesados en

Free

All About Audio Books

Virtual Event CA

There are many options to access digital audio books including BARD, Hoopla, Overdrive, Libby, Audible, Bookshare, and Learning Ally. Learn

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Reading Books with Alexa

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Amazon Alexa can read Audible books and Kindle books, and most recently, Bookshare books. In this workshop, we will explore

Free

How to use Instacart Delivery Service

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Join us for this fun workshop to learn about Instacart - an online grocery delivery company that is completely changing

Free

Learn about RTA

Virtual Event CA

The Riverside Transit Agency is the main transit agency for western Riverside County. In this workshop, you will learn about

Free

Using Microsoft Teams

Virtual Event CA

This workshop will cover the advantages of video conferencing and how an individual can join a Microsoft TEAMS meeting with

Free

Acceso Gratuito a Audiolibros – BARD

Virtual Event CA

Aprenda a descargar libros y revistas gratuitos a sus dispositivos inteligentes. ¡Damos la bienvenida a todos los participantes! Llame al

Free

Audio Described Movies

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Learn about the latest in audio-described movies. We'll demonstrate streaming services; specifically, Netflix and Disney+, and an introduction to the

Free

Introduction to JAWS

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JAWS, Job Access with Speech, is a popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from

Free

Understanding Vision Loss

Virtual Event CA

For family, friends, and professionals, who are interested in learning about the basics of blindness and visual impairment. Join us

Free

Ejercicios Básicos De Equilibrio

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¿Has estado sentado más de lo habitual durante la pandemia y has perdido parte de tu equilibrio? Este taller es

Free