Free Program for School-Age Youth

Braille Institute’s Youth Program aims to create a solid foundation among school-age youth (ages 7 to 19) by working with educators and parents through workshops led by our Child Development Program, to set realistic goals based on each student’s ability. Our curriculum supports the nine areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum which include;

  • Career Education
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Self-Determination
  • Sensory Efficiency
  • Social Interaction Skills
  • Compensatory Skills
  • Assistive Technology

Through strategic workshops and hands-on learning, students and their families are exposed to key resources via partnerships that include college visits, career exploration, Johnny Mercer music program, and advocacy support to promote independence and self-determination that lead to a better quality of life long-term.

Fall 2021 Distance Programming: Assistive Technology

We hope you are all well and keeping safe during this time. In response to COVID-19, Braille Institute has temporarily suspended in-person classes and services at all of our centers. Although in-person programming is temporarily on hold, we are continuing our video, distance programming for Youth Program.

Each semester, Youth Program focuses on a different area of Expanded Core Curriculum. This semester is focused on Career Education, delivered through fun and engaging project-based social activities.

We understand the importance of hands-on learning. That is why each month we provide FREE Distance Learning Kits through the mail for all enrolled students to supplement distance programming. These kits include fun and educational items to use in conjunction with program activities.

To register, or obtain more information, please reach out to Matthew Beckwith at, or call (323) 663-1111 ext 1215

Our semester will culminate in an Open House and a “Fall Tech Conference,” featuring a podcast led by the Braille Institute Youth Programs students. Additionally, students will demonstrate other activities they participated in during the semester and enjoy some fun as they wrap up 2021.

Fall 2021 – Distance Programming Details

  • Every Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Every Friday, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Every Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Every Friday, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Youth Choir (7-12 Years) Mondays 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Teen Choir (13+ Years) Mondays 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Assistive Tech: Low Vision Techniques & Tools
  • Assistive Tech: Low Partial/Total Techniques & Tools
  • Orientation and Mobility: Navigation Apps