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

Windows Accessibility for Low Vision

Virtual Event CA

A windows computer has several accessibility options to help you see it better. Learn about the magnifier, enlarging your mouse

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

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

Welcome to Your Library

Santa Barbara Center 2031 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Learn how to get most out of the free resources at the Santa Barbara Braille Institute library, including how to

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

Intro to Salsa Music

Virtual Event CA

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

Instacart

Virtual Event CA

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

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

Comprendiendo la Perdida de Vision

Virtual Event CA

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

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Descubre mas con BARD!

Virtual Event CA

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

Staying Organized with Siri

Virtual Event CA

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

Principles of Contrast

Virtual Event CA

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

Introducion a Amazon Alexa

Virtual Event CA

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

Introduction to Alexa

Virtual Event CA

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

Is There an App for That?

Virtual Event CA

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

Braille Literacy for Adult Learners

Virtual Event CA

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

Braille 101

Virtual Event CA

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

Summer Fall Prevention

Virtual Event CA

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

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

Summer Cooking

Virtual Event CA

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

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Laughing Yoga

Virtual Event CA

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

Spring Teas and Tonics

Virtual Event CA

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

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

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

Technology in the Kitchen

Virtual Event CA

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

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

Braille Displays

Virtual Event CA

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

Android Accessibility Topics

Virtual Event CA

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

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

Understanding Vision Loss

Virtual Event CA

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

RSVP Now Free 15 spots left

Intro to Salsa Music

Virtual Event CA

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

How to Travel with Metro Micro

Virtual Event CA

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

Instacart

Virtual Event CA

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

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

Aging in Place

Virtual Event CA

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

Assistive Devices for Low Vision

Virtual Event CA

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

Giving Up The Car Keys

Virtual Event CA

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

Soups!

Virtual Event CA

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

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

WeWalk Fundraising Program

Virtual Event CA

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

What’s Up Siri

Virtual Event CA

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

Braille Literacy for Adult Learners

Virtual Event CA

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

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

Guide Dogs in the Home

Virtual Event CA

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

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

Is a Guide Dog Right for You?

Virtual Event CA

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

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

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

RSVP Now Free 15 spots left

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

Reading Books with Alexa

Virtual Event CA

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

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

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

Audio Described Movies

Virtual Event CA

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

Introduction to JAWS

Virtual Event CA

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

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