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

Fall Program– September to December 2023

It is time for our fall semester! This semester we will be focusing on Sensory Efficiency and Orientation and Mobility. Our goal is to have a fun, active Fall while also helping our students build independent living skills.

Virtual Sessions

Lights. Theater. Action! Our virtual theater class is a place where students can work on theater techniques while letting loose, being creative, and playing pretend with their friends. This class meets virtually on Wednesdays in September and October from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.

Arts Appreciation
Our virtual arts appreciation class is a fun-filled time on a variety of art and music related subjects! We welcome guest speakers, group activities, and much more. This class will meet virtually on Tuesdays in October from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

Teen Talk
A safe space for students to discuss diverse topics – including mental health, tips for academic success, and healthy relationships. **Exclusive to students ages 12 and up! ** This class will meet virtually in November and December on Tuesdays from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.ys from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

Social Hour
Join us for Social Hours led by the Youth Team. Social Hour is all about having fun and making friends. Bring your ideas for games, debates, activities, and more! This class meets virtually on Fridays in December from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

In Person Sessions

Join friends and meet new ones at our in-person Saturday Sessions. These program days will focus on Sensory Efficiency. The Saturday Programs are developed with the goal of creating a space for students to socialize and learn in diverse environments including cooking, going to pumpkin patches, college tours and more! These sessions will meet on Saturdays 10am to 2pm at your home center. We also have All-Center events that take place at a central location. All-Center events range from going to places like Knott’s Berry Farm to outrigger paddle canoeing to participating in fun competitions like Cane Quest.

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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