Partnerships with like-minded organizations, businesses and local government agencies help us expand our network of service and bring you the solutions you need.
Twenty-one percent of people over the age of 65 report that they are affected by some form of vision impairment. This number represents more than 7 million Americans who are living with vision loss due to age-related eye conditions.
The following partners have joined Braille Institute’s public education campaign to help spread the word about our free services and further our mission of empowering visually impaired people to live fulfilling lives:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Now celebrating its 45th anniversary, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra makes “great music personal” through an array of concerts, special events and community programs such as Meet the Music. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane. The Orchestra’s 40 virtuosic musicians seamlessly perform orchestral masterworks to new pieces from contemporary composers through projects such as Sound Investment. Through Meet the Music, LACO has reaches 2,500 LAUSD students each season and the organization continues to build lasting and meaningful community relationships across Los Angeles.
Gelson’s was founded in 1951 by brothers Bernard and Eugene Gelson as an extraordinary grocery shopping experience for discerning consumers. Now with 18 locations in Southern California, Gelson’s Markets is recognized as one of the nation’s premier supermarket chains. Gelson’s is supporting Braille Institute by offering informational materials in their stores, as well as providing training for their staff on serving customers with low vision and supporting our partnership with Cleanlogic and the Inspiration Foundation.
Department of Aging
The Department of Aging is helping us by disseminating information among their constituents about our free programs via print newsletters, online updates and public events.
Metropolitan Transit Authority
Metro is supporting the campaign with a series of educational outreach activities that open up new opportunities for people with vision loss to get around town more effectively and safely.
The Joshua Project Foundation
The Joshua Project is dedicated to helping the blind and visually impaired by placing Braille labels in grocery stores. The foundation is looking forward to the day any blind person will have the ability to walk through a store and be able to shop independently.
Clear Channel Communications
This global media giant is supporting our public education activities by airing a variety of public service announcements on radio stations across its wide coverage network.
The leading developer of innovative products for people who are visually impaired is supporting our efforts to educate and inform the public about the many options for staying connected through technology.
Automobile Club of Southern California
AAA is participating in our outreach by distributing informational materials at events throughout the region in an effort to help people with low vision evaluate their driving ability and learn other ways to stay mobile and independent.
SCAN Health Plan
SCAN Health Plan is the fourth-largest not-for-profit Medicare health plan in the nation, serving more than 130,000 members. Their mission is focused exclusively on helping make life better for seniors. For more than thirty years SCAN has demonstrated a unique passion for finding innovative ways to enhance seniors’ ability to manage their own health and continue to control how and where they live.
Braille Institute is partnering with SCAN Health Plan to help increase awareness about our free low vision services. We will be working with SCAN throughout the year to host educational events and seminars in the community, as well as to introduce the public to some new and exciting programs designed to foster overall health and wellness among seniors and people of all ages.
The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Founded in 1948, the mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
Braille Institute is partnering with the Arthritis Foundation to help increase awareness about our free Low Vision Wellness® services, which are designed to help seniors with age-related vision loss live active, fulfilling lives. We will be working with the Arthritis Foundation throughout the year to host educational events and seminars in the community to help people continue to live well, whether they have arthritis, low vision or both.
Inter Valley Health Plan
Inter Valley Health Plan is a not-for-profit, federally qualified, Medicare Advantage health plan contracted with Medicare and dedicated to providing the best value in senior health coverage. Inter Valley Health Plan strives to improve the quality of life for Medicare beneficiaries throughout its service area and is one of the oldest managed care plans in Southern California with over 30 years in business.
Entrusted by 20,000 individuals stretching from Los Angeles to Palm Springs to Riverside, Hemet, Victorville, Temecula, and virtually every city and town in between, Inter Valley Health Plan is dedicated to keeping its members healthy and vital, while maintaining real service values. For more information, please visit www.IVHP.com or Like Us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/InterValley.
Retina Institute of California
The Retina Institute of California is the largest retina group in the Western United States, with 15 Retina Specialists and 20 locations throughout Southern California. The Retina Institute’s mission is to promote excellence in the care of diseases of the retina, vitreous, and macula.
Their team of talented physicians will be partnering with Braille Institute to provide free vision screenings in communities across Southern California. Braille Institute will also be working with their staff to plan free seminars and events highlighting the latest research in the treatment of retinal diseases, such as macular degeneration, and to educate the community about Braille Institute’s free Low Vision Wellness℠ program.