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 May 2023

Our Spring semester is here! This semester will focus on Career Education and Assistive Technology. Our goal is to further prepare our students to be successful and independent adults.

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

Virtual Sessions

Music 101
This class is for music lovers! Join in on the virtual fun as we listen, learn, and explore the many different aspects of music. Topics will include musical instruments, music history, songwriting, singing techniques and so much more! This class meets virtually on the following Mondays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

Project Tech
Interested in technology? Project Tech is a five weeklong program that focuses on the latest and greatest in Assistive Technology. A representative from Braille Institute’s Assistive Tech Department will be on hand to provide tips and answer questions. These sessions will virtually on the following Tuesdays from 4pm to 5pm.

Teen Talk
Teen Talk is tailored towards youth ages 13 and up and will cover topics such as mental health, tips for academic success, and healthy relationships. These monthly sessions will take place virtually on Wednesdays from 4pm to 5pm.

Social Hours
Social hours give students the opportunity to interact with other BIA youth. Join us and have fun playing games and building social skills. Social hours will take place virtually over Teams on select Fridays from 4-5 pm.

In Person Sessions

Saturday Sessions
Join friends and meet new ones at our in-person Saturday Sessions. These program days will focus on Career Education and Independent Living Skills. Students will learn about different careers, gain volunteer experience, and get hands on experience with different technology. These sessions will meet 1-2 Saturdays a month from 10am to 2pm.

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

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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