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 2022 Youth Programs: Self-Determination

We hope you remain safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an abundance of caution, Braille Institute has temporarily suspended in-person classes and services at all of our centers; however, Youth Programs remain active and having fun through our remote video meetings.
Each semester, Youth Program focuses on a different area of Expanded Core Curriculum. This semester is focused on Self-Determination, delivered through fun activities and projects where the students interact with one another under the direction of our youth staff.
Self-Determination focuses on the individual, emphasizing student interests, abilities, confidence, and how these affect making daily and long-term life decisions.
We understand the importance of hands-on learning. That is why 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 Madeleine R. Hernandez at mrhernandez@brailleinstitute.org, or call (323) 451-9791.
This semester, we divided our Self-Determination activities into different shorter series. Please see the details below for a description of each series and when they will be offered, as well as a description of our choir program and a new offering: karate!

Spring 2022 – Programming Details

Youth Programming (7-12 Years)

Series 1: From my Perspective— Exploring Eyes and My Vision

Every Wednesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, from January 19 – February 16

Have you ever wondered what it looks like inside your eye or been asked to describe your vision before? We will guide you through learning the anatomy of the eye and navigating your eye condition(s). Express yourself with art and learn ways to understand the varying emotions you feel about your eye diagnosis.

Series 2: Speak Up for Self-Advocacy!

Every Wednesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, from March 2 – April 6

Is it difficult to ask for help from teachers, friends, and even family? Do you find it even annoying when you must explain your vision needs to others? In this series, we will focus on how you can confidently be yourself while hanging out with others.

Series 3: The People in Your Neighborhood

Every Wednesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, from April 27 – May 18

Do you know the people in your neighborhood? Come and meet the members of your community! Ask them questions about their job and what they do day to day! We are meeting weekly with special guests galore! Join us as we discuss what opportunities these community members have to offer you! Youth will connect with local community members to learn about what they do every day.


Teen Programming (13+ Years)

Series 1: From my Perspective— Exploring Eyes and My Vision

Every Tuesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, from January 18 – February 15

Have you ever wondered what it looks like inside your eye or been asked to describe your vision before? We will guide you through learning the anatomy of the eye and navigating your eye condition(s). Express yourself with art and learn ways to understand the varying emotions you feel about your eye diagnosis.

Series 2: Speak Up for Self-Advocacy!

Every Tuesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, from March 1 – April 5

Is it difficult to ask for help from teachers, friends, and even family? Do you find it even annoying when you must explain your vision needs to others? In this series, we will focus on how you can confidently be yourself while hanging out with others.

Series 3: The People in Your Neighborhood

Every Wednesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, from April 26 – May 17

Do you know the people in your neighborhood? Come and meet the members of your community! Ask them questions about their job and what they do day to day! We are meeting weekly with special guests galore! Join us as we discuss what opportunities these community members have to offer you! Teens will connect with resources for transitioning to independence and post-graduation.


Choir (All Ages)

Youth

Every Monday, 3:30pm – 4:15pm, from January 24 – May 16 (some programming breaks included)

Teens

Every Monday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm, from January 24 – May 16 (some programming breaks included)

Braille Institute’s award-winning Johnny Mercer Youth Choir returns with more music history, vocal and musicianship training, and performance opportunities!


Karate (All Ages)

Youth & Teens

Every Thursday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, from January 27 – May 19 (some programming breaks included)

Learn professional karate under the leadership of USA Paralympic Coach Sensei Tamara. All you need is space and willpower!


Parent Workshops

Self-Advocacy through Technology

Hosted by Connection Pointe
Thursday, January 27, 6:00p – 7:30p English Session with Live Spanish Translation

Familial Relationship Skills- Facilitating Difficult Conversations such as prejudice & discrimination in a school setting

Hosted by Kidpower International
Thursday, March 24, 6:00p – 7:30p English Session
Thursday, March 31, 6:00p – 7:30p Spanish Session