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

Santa Barbara Braille Institute Raises Awareness for White Cane Safety Day

By Jack Tovey, UC Santa Barbara Members of the Santa Barbara Braille Institute walked downtown on White Cane Safety Day to raise awareness on the importance of the white cane’s practical use as a tool for enhanced mobility and symbolism of independence to the visually impaired. Students and staff members representing the Braille Institute resembled a family as they talked and laughed with one another.

By |November 14th, 2018|Categories: Our Stories, Santa Barbara Stories|

White Cane Safety Day

By Berrylynn Freeby, The Desert Sun A perfect day for a hike! The Braille Institute of Rancho Mirage could not have ordered a more perfect day for “White Cane Safety Day.” A bus brought some of the Braille students to the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains national monument for a hike. Sabby Jonathan, mayor of Palm Desert, and Tammy Martin, director of Friends of

By |October 29th, 2018|Categories: Our Stories, Rancho Mirage Stories|

Increasing Self-Esteem

The ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi is not only practiced for self-defense but for the health benefits it offers. “I believe Tai Chi gives our students a stronger sense of self-esteem by demonstrating that they have control over their bodies,” said Caryn gates, Rancho Mirage's Volunteer Services Manager. Tony is a volunteer and has been teaching Tai Chi to visually impaired students

By |October 19th, 2018|Categories: Our Stories, Rancho Mirage Stories|

Braille Institute Appoints New Executive Director For Santa Barbara Center

Braille Institute recently announced Susan Cass as the new Executive Director for its Santa Barbara Center. In her new role, Cass will oversee the operations and staff for both the Braille Institute Santa Barbara Center and the development of the Camarillo Neighborhood Center. She will ensure that the quality of the programs and services offered remain unparalleled for the blind and visually impaired students

By |October 10th, 2018|Categories: Our Stories, Santa Barbara Stories|

Braille Institute Santa Barbara Cooks Up a Celebration at Festival of Flavors

By Melissa Walker, Noozhawk iSociety Columnist The Braille Institute Santa Barbara welcomed more than 100 guests to the fourth annual Festival of Flavors, with a signature fundraiser hosted by the Braille Institute Auxiliary at the institute’s campus nestled near the corner of De la Vina and West Mission streets. The Braille Institute Auxiliary of Santa Barbara, founded in 1981, was formed by a dedicated

By |October 5th, 2018|Categories: Our Stories, Santa Barbara Stories|

Our Friendly Neighborhood Center In Laguna Hills

What things can you do when you have Macular Degeneration? Read. Travel. Go bowling! Braille Institute Laguna Hills Neighborhood Center student, Cathy, does all that and more despite Wet Macular Degeneration in both eyes."Bowling is something I picked up after I began to lose my vision,” she said. “I never dreamed I would enjoy it as much as I do.”Cathy came to the Laguna Hills

By |September 26th, 2018|Categories: Laguna Hills Stories, Our Stories|

Making Your Voice Heard

Being comfortable advocating for oneself is important for people who are blind or visually impaired. Connie, student and volunteer Spanish choir leader, teaches her students to take what’s in their hearts and express it through their voices. “What I am doing is empowering them to allow their feelings to be expressed in all walks of life,” Connie said. “It doesn’t matter what the topic

By |September 26th, 2018|Categories: Our Stories, Santa Barbara Stories|

Refining restaurants one menu at a time: Monrovia teenager creates company to provide Braille menus

By Kayiu Wong, Pasadena Star News Mason Fessenden’s favorite hometown restaurant is Rudy’s Mexican Food in Monrovia — the 17 year-old has been dining there his whole life and considers the family-run business a second home. “The people are like family and the food is delicious,” Fessenden said. “There’s no better thing than that!” But, for the nearly two decades he has eaten there, he

By |August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Los Angeles Stories|

Hendricks County teen wins national braille competition; hopes to create accessible apps

By Megan Henry, www.indystar.com Mitchell Bridwell is two-time varsity champion in the Braille Challenge. Now he hopes to make smartphone apps more accessible for the blind community. Jenna Watson, jenna.watson@indystar.com Mitchell Bridwell loves Nintendo video games, the Harry Potter book series and The Incredibles 2 movie. But in one special way, he is not your typical teenager. Mitchell is a two-time national

By |July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Braille Challenge Newsroom|

No Existen Barreras Para Disfrutar Del Mundial

Entre gritos y carcajadas, un grupo de amigos disfrutan del fútbol aunque no lo puedan ver. “No lo podemos mirar, pero lo escuchamos y nos emocionamos también como cualquier persona normal”, dijo, Agustín Talabera, quien es invidente y fanático del futbol. Hace 4 años Agustín comenzó a perder la visión por una enfermedad genética, el cual lo forzó a aprender cosas

By |June 26th, 2018|Categories: San Diego Stories|
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