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 families and educators through virtual and in-person sessions led by the Youth Team. The Youth Program actively helps develop independent young adults through self-advocacy, determination, and peer support through our curriculum inspired by the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). The nine areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum include:

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

Spring Program– January to June 2023

Spring semester is upon us, and we’re excited to incorporate the theme of Assistive Technology into our programs. Our goal is to have fun, active sessions while also helping our students build independent living skills.

In Person Sessions

Join friends and meet new ones at our in-person Saturday Sessions. The Saturday Programs are developed with the goal of creating a space for students to socialize and try new things in the community, including going ice skating, watching an audio described movie at the theater, and attending a live sporting event! We also have All-Center events where students from Youth Programs across Southern California come together for exciting program days. We have upcoming program days including a visit to the Air and Space Museum, a Beeping Egg Hunt, a dance and karaoke class and much more!

Virtual Sessions

Talkin’ Tech
This course will explore various topics related to Assistive Technology including apps on the IOS operating system, AI apps and speech readers. Classes will be led by Braille Institute assistive technology specialists. Join us and share more about what technology you want to learn more about! The class will meet virtually on Thursdays from March 6 through April 25 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

Topic of the Week
Join us for our topic of the week led by the Youth Team. This class is all about having fun and making friends by discussing a timely and exciting subject. Recent classes have explored mindfulness, Valentine’s Day and gaming. Bring your ideas for games, debates, activities, and more! This class meets on Wednesdays from March 6 through May 23 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

Parent Peer Support
The Youth Team is excited to foster a space for parents to connect with one another and strengthen their village. We will have an open forum discussion where everyone will have the opportunity to share their experiences, thoughts, and ideas. This class meets virtually once per month.


To register or obtain more information, please reach out to Madeleine Hernandez at

Stay tuned for more programs later in the semester!

Special Programs

Braille Institute has celebrated braille literacy for 22 years through the Braille Challenge competition. The competition was developed to motivate students to practice and hone their braille literacy skills, which are essential to academic and employment success!

Cane Quest is an orientation and mobility contest for students in grades 3-12. The contestants are divided into four categories: Wayfarers, Scouts, Explorers, and Trailblazers. The students are monitored during the event to complete routes in their community using proper travel techniques and appropriate cane skills.

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