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
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 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
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
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 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 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
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
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 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