Our Stories2018-05-17T16:10:10-07:00

Sight-impaired learn karate in Rancho Mirage. Here’s how the sport has changed their lives.

By Sherry Barkas, Palm Springs Desert Sun Isaac Pugh has been blind most of his life. He can see extremely bright lights, but nothing else. He easily became disoriented and struggled with physical balance and confidence. In January, he decided to enroll in a karate class for the sight-impaired being offered for the first time at the Braille Institute in Rancho Mirage. “I thought it

By |May 31st, 2019|Categories: Our Stories, Rancho Mirage Stories|

Mobile apps give the blind and visually impaired a new sense of freedom

By Shelby Brown, Cnet.com Ask anyone who was around before smartphones, and they'll tell you life was different. But for Nutsiri "Earth" Kidkul, who went blind eight years ago, life-changing doesn't begin to describe the impact of mobile apps. Before specialized apps came along, Kidkul would have to plan and prepare much more for basic tasks like grocery shopping, traveling or reading documents. What's more,

By |May 14th, 2019|Categories: Los Angeles Stories, Uncategorized|

Sandra & Terence – The Legacy of a 46-Year Love Affair

By Karen Gerst Just like a romantic movie, it was love at first sight for Sandra and Terence Marsh. Both were working on the 1971 film, Mary, Queen of Scots, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson as the rival queens. Terence was an Academy Award-winning production designer who had worked on Lawrence of Arabia and received Oscars for Doctor Zhivago and Oliver! The couple’s fateful

By |April 17th, 2019|Categories: Los Angeles Stories|

Braille Institute Announces Ophthalmic Industry Leader, William J. Link, To Join Board of Directors

Braille Institute of America announced the appointment of William J. Link, Ph.D., to its board of directors. Dr. Link brings over two decades of operational experience in the vision care industry, as well as extensive investment experience with early-stage medical device companies. “We are pleased to welcome Bill to our board and will benefit from his leadership and strategic insights as we prepare for

By |March 27th, 2019|Categories: Los Angeles Stories, Our Stories|

Anaheim: Remodelado, el Instituto Braille celebra un siglo de servir al Sur de California

By Angela Naso, The Press Enterprise Anaheim celebrará el centenario del Instituto Braille en el sur de California con la inauguración de un centro renovado. Estando abierto al público, la comunidad hispanohablante puede acercarse para conocer los servicios que ofrecen gratuitamente a las personas ciegas o que están perdiendo la visión, como ha explicado Maribel Spell, instructora del centro del Instituto Braille en Anaheim. No

By |February 26th, 2019|Categories: Anaheim Stories, Our Stories|

A New Home For Braille Institute

By Lou Ponst, Orange County Register The structure is brand new and the technology cutting edge, but the sense of comradery and compassion is unchanged. The Braille Institute, which has been serving the visually impaired in Southern California since the 1930s, recently opened a $10 million, 14,735-square-foot facility at the same Dale Avenue location where its former center functioned for almost 50 years. The nonprofit

By |February 15th, 2019|Categories: Anaheim Stories, Our Stories|

Braille Institute Opens New Center In Anaheim

On February 13, Braille Institute Anaheim's Educational Programs Manager Phillip Reeves stopped by the KCAL 9 studio to share information about the grand opening of our new center in Anaheim. Kicking off our Centennial year, the ribbon cutting for our new center will be held on February 28 at 1:30PM and is open to the public. There will be tours and demonstrations in the classrooms,

By |February 14th, 2019|Categories: Anaheim Stories, Our Stories|

Inspiring Instructor Speaks at Braille Institute Auxiliary of Santa Barbara Meeting

By Gail Arnold, Santa Barbara Independent At the January monthly meeting of the Braille Institute Auxiliary of Santa Barbara, Nutsiri “Earth” Kidkul, a visually-impaired technology instructor at the Braille Institute Los Angeles Center (BILAC), enlightened and inspired auxiliary members and guests with her talk about her teaching role and her life experiences. Kidkul, the lead instructor at BILAC’s Connection Pointe technology center, explained how after

By |January 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Los Angeles Stories, Santa Barbara Stories|

Braille Institute Celebrates Centennial With Rose Parade Float

On December 29, 2018, Braille Institute's president Peter Mindnich spoke about the nonprofit's participation in the Rose Parade and kicking off the celebration of its centennial with the opening of a new center in Anaheim. Peter also spoke about the nonprofit's mission and how now is the time to support free services and programs for people with visual impairment or blindness. To view the interview

By |January 10th, 2019|Categories: Los Angeles Stories, Our Stories|

Braille Institute Kicks Off 2019 Centennial With Rose Parade

Three musically-talented, local Braille Institute students (ages 11-16) can check riding on a Rose Parade float off their bucket list because they will be waving to millions on New Year's morning. Participants in Braille Institute's Youth Program were selected to be part of this year's Rose Parade festivities because of their love for music and singing, as well as being an inspiration to others.

By |December 19th, 2018|Categories: Anaheim Stories, Los Angeles Stories, San Diego Stories, Uncategorized|
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