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.

Spring & Summer 2020 Distance Programming

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 excited to be introducing distance programming for Youth Programs.

In addition to video distance programming, we are also hosting a May Reading Challenge, monthly Creative Expression Contests, and Expanded Core Curriculum activities to do independently at home.

To register for Spring & Summer 2020 Distance Programs, or to get more information, please reach out to Matthew Beckwith at, or call (323) 663-1111 ext 1215

Spring & Summer 2020 – Distance Program Dates

  • Date: Friday, May 22
    • We are excited to launch our first Youth Program Distance Learning and we want to hear from you, the parents.
  • Date: May 29-August 29, Every Friday, 3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m. starting May 29
    • Join us for some fun and games!  These social game hours will have Youth (6-12 years) and Teen (13+) concurrent sessions every Friday.
  • Date:  Begins June 30, and runs through August – Tuesdays and Wednesdays
    • Join us for fun and engaging Expanded Core Curriculum activities during weekly summer sessions. Multiple Youth (6-12 years) and Teen (13+) sessions will be offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Session 1: Summer Kick-Off & Intro to Audio Description
  • Session 2: Tech Corner – Apps, Apps, Apps!
  • Session 3: Cooking without Looking – Be a Master Chef While Staying Safe
  • Session 4: All About Reading – BIA Library & Reading Resources
  • Session 5: Tech Corner – iOS (Apple) Accessibility Features
  • August Sessions: TBD