Santa Barbara

2031 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara CA 93105
Phone: (805) 682-6222.

Students Enjoying the Free Cooking and Nutrition Program
Braille Institute Heats Things Up with Reintroduction of Free Cooking & Nutrition Program

Kitchen Confidence

Often people think that if they are losing their sight, the kitchen is no longer a place where they can function safely. Our Kitchen Confidence program dispels that myth.
- Michael Lazarovits
Executive Director of Braille Institute Santa Barbara
Student Orin P. Access The Wealth of Information at BARD

Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)

I have access to anything I want to read about... There's just no end to it. Whatever subject you're after, whatever you're interested in, BARD has that available to you.
- Orin P.
Braille Institute Student
Monica M. Talking a Walk in Beautiful Santa Barbara

Orientation & Mobility (O&M)

I just had my first O&M lesson with my new cane. I feel so much more confident and able to walk places on my own. I am so happy!
- Monica M.
Braille Institute Student
Students Hard on their iPads with the help of a special Golden Retriever classmate

iPad Class

I've overcome so much with the accessibility features of the iPhone. The iPhone makes it a lot easier to stay in contact and socialize with my friends and family.
- Christina S.
Braille Institute Student


Our programs and services are geared to help people with little to no vision.

Braille Institute Santa Barbara serves as an integral resource for residents in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties who are blind or visually impaired. The center uses its 11,000 square feet of teaching and program space to offer unique adult and youth classes.

Highlights of exciting classes and programs at Braille Institute Santa Barbara include:

Kitchen Confidence – Recently Renovated!

Regain confidence in the kitchen with this state-of-the-art program. It mixes lessons in cooking and techniques to handle sharp utensils and various appliances; with curriculum covering educational benefits on proper nutrition and technology.

Library Services

A core service beginning at the roots of the Braille Institute which includes access to a Telephone Reader Program, digital book machines and downloadable material.

Connection Pointe

An advanced technology center focused on teaching people who are blind and visually impaired how to use the latest mainstream and adaptive devices including smartphones, tablets, voice output software and much more.

Orientation & Mobility Consultations

A service customized to teach blind and visually impaired people to safely navigate their residence, neighborhood and surrounding areas.

You can find out more about these and other programs by navigating through the Braille Institute "Services" section of our website, or by clicking the links above. All of our services are provided FREE OF CHARGE thanks to the dedicated efforts of thousands of volunteers and the generosity of our donors.

Instructor Preparing a Dish with Participants

Contact us to take a tour of the facility and to learn more about our program!

For more information call:

1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553)
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PST).

Instructor Preparing a Dish with Participants

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Instructor Preparing a Dish with Participants

Become a Volunteer!

We are excited that you're interested in volunteering at Braille Institute. Did you know the ratio of volunteers to employees is 13 to 1? This is why we're able to serve an ever-growing number of people who are visually impaired.

Please call Barbara Hoffmann, Volunteer Services Manager, at (805) 682-6222, Ext. 8310, or visit Santa Barbara Center's page to begin your exciting adventure as a Braille Institute volunteer!