Our Stories 2018-05-17T16:10:10+00:00

Braille Institute Names Jeri Hile 2018 Teacher of the Year

From www.educationviews.org Leader in the Field for Blind and Visually Impaired Inspires Her Students to Pursue Higher Education and Be Independent While Promoting Braille Literacy Braille Institute has named Jeri Hile its 2018 “Teacher of the Year” for excellence in Braille Instruction. Jeri, a Teacher of the Visually Impaired for the Shawnee Mission Public Schools, one of the major school districts in the Kansas City

By | May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Braille Challenge Newsroom|

Blind 8 year old Ocala boy heading to California for National Braille Challenge

From www.wcjb.com A blind 8-year-old boy is traveling all the way from Ocala to Los Angeles. He's headed to compete in the National Braille Challenge with 50 other kids from across the country. Ayden Morgan’s, 8, love for books is taking him on an adventure. "I have a fun filled summer,” Ayden Morgan said. He’ll be traveling from Ocala all the way to Los Angeles

By | May 17th, 2018|Categories: Braille Challenge Newsroom|

Helping Others With Vision Loss Use Technology

Lisa Deaderick, The San Diego Tribune Daniel Ortiz Merino has a lot of good memories from his participation in programs with the Braille Institute, so when he learned about their Techspert program, he saw an opportunity to return to a place that had been so positive for him. “From the age of 7 and until I graduated high school, I participated in Braille Institute’s youth

By | May 15th, 2018|Categories: San Diego Stories|

Immersed In Johnny Mercer’s Music

Braille Institute students and staff performed songs by Johnny Mercer at the Los Angeles City College (LACC) Herb Alpert Music Center on April 17. The performance comes just a month after Braille Institute held their annual Johnny Mercer Music Festival in March at the Los Angeles Center. “It was a kick to be in a different setting, with a different set of ears, and

By | May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Los Angeles Stories|

CSUF Student And Award-Winning Artist Josephine Hernandez Overcomes Visual Impairment

By Lauren Diaz, Daily Titan Josephine “Joey” Hernandez was a sophomore in high school with a passion for drawing when her vision started deteriorating to the point of almost complete blindness, forcing her to walk with a cane. Despite this abrupt change, life for Hernandez is the same as usual, with just a few minor adjustments. Hernandez, a 19-year-old second-year communications major, is severely

By | March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Anaheim Stories|

Lifelong Learner

"Lifelong Learner - Peter A. Mindnich, Braille Institute of America Inc." By Diane Haithman, Los Angeles Business Journal Montana cowboy J. Robert Atkinson lost his vision in his mid-20s during a visit to his mother in Los Angeles. “He was packing his weapons and (a pistol) went off. He was blinded instantly,” said Peter A. Mindnich, president of the Braille Institute of America Inc., which

By | January 26th, 2018|Categories: Los Angeles Stories|

A Sensory Adventure At Cavalia Odysseo

On January 10, students in Braille Institute Santa Barbara’s Youth Program had a rare opportunity to experience an amazing and moving adventure at Cavalia Odysseo. The students were guided by Odysseo artists through a sensory journey created specifically for individuals with low vision or blindness. Cavalia Odysseo is a theatrical production featuring 65 horses and 50 artists. They travel the world performing these equestrian shows

By | January 25th, 2018|Categories: Santa Barbara Stories|

Exposing A World Of Adventure Through Orientation and Mobility

Moving was an adventure for the whole family. As the daughter of a service member in the United States Navy, Keema Mc Clung moved around a lot, giving her the opportunity to see a number of places in the US. As an Orientation and Mobility Specialist with Braille Institute San Diego, she is able to share her love of experiencing the world with people who

By | January 4th, 2018|Categories: San Diego Stories|

Braille Institute Youth Participate in Winter Concert

The Johnny Mercer Children’s Choir and the Anaheim Christian Reformed Church Choir held a winter concert on December 16. The Braille Institute youth students from Los Angeles and Orange County performed five songs before joining the ACR Choir in singing holiday songs like “Joy To The World”. It was a beautiful concert, led by directors Scarlett Brais and Pieter Goedhart.

By | January 4th, 2018|Categories: Anaheim Stories|

Sherlock Holmes Book Club

The lights flickered on. There was a methodical tap, tap, tap outside. A static crackle. A slow creak of a door and then a whoosh as it opened. Voices could be heard in varying degrees. Nothing mysterious here, just Braille Institute students joining the Sherlock Holmes Book Club in person or remotely! Every Thursday, during the Fall semester, students would participate in Braille Institute Santa

By | January 4th, 2018|Categories: Santa Barbara Stories|
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