Transforming Lives in Orange County
Our history in Orange County goes back to 1934 when we began providing library services through our Los Angeles headquarters. As demand for our assistance grew, we opened a small office in Garden Grove in 1967, and then moved to our current location in Anaheim in 1971. In those early days, we served 200 adult students each year and provided programs for blind children, including a preschool nursery class.
Today, our two Orange County centers help more than 7,000 children, adults, and seniors annually from Orange County, south Los Angeles County, and parts of Riverside County.
Please call Liz Morton at (714) 503-2120 for more information about how you can help transform lives.
The Four Cornerstones
New Anaheim Center
The new center will replace our aging, structurally inadequate facility at 527 N. Dale Avenue. Scheduled to open in conjunction with our 100th anniversary, the new center will blend state-of-the-art technology with our hallmark personal touch services. It will meet the needs of blind or visually impaired children, adults, and seniors for decades to come.
Laguna Hills Center
Opened in September 2016, the new Neighborhood Center is a prototype outreach center in Laguna Hills, located less than a mile from our long-time outreach partner, the City of Laguna Woods, and in proximity to more than 25 other senior centers, assisted living facilities, and 55+ communities. Although the center is open to people of all ages, our emphasis is on serving the region’s burgeoning population of older adults.
Our enhanced In-Home Services program will help homebound adults who are unable to travel to Anaheim, Laguna Hills, or to one of our outreach locations. The program’s priority is teaching adaptive daily living skills that are vital to our students staying independent.
Expanded Public Education & Outreach
A key to the revitalization of Braille Institute is to improve access for all people in need of our services. The expanded Public Education and Outreach program will deepen our impact by increasing awareness of our services and the vital role they play in the continuum of vision and health care.
Transforming Lives Campaign | $35 Million Goal
Campaign Commemorative Opportunities
Braille Institute is privileged to provide prominent and lasting recognition for your contribution, and several commemorative opportunities are still available. Join others like the Henry L. Guenther Foundation and the Don & Lorraine Freeberg Foundation in their support of a new vision for Orange County. Please call Liz Morton at (714) 503-2120 for more information.
“As far as I’m concerned, Braille Institute is the ideal place for anybody who has a vision problem. No matter how small or how large it may be.”
— Barbara Talbert (right) student & volunteer
“I want to tell people how empowering it feels for me to come here and be taught everything I need to know to be independent and have a fulfilling life.”
— Antonio Smart, student
“Giving back to Braille Institute has become our passion. We hope you will join us by giving generously to the Transforming Lives Campaign.”
— Dot and Rick Nelson