Each of the centers also has a Student Shop filled with unique
consumer products that make everyday tasks easier to perform, such as
talking clocks, large-print calendars and sensors that buzz when liquid
reached the top of its container.
Braille Institute also offers Community Outreach Programs in more than
60 locations throughout Southern California. Call for locations.
Books on Tape & Other Library Services
You may wish to consider becoming a
Library patron through Braille Institute.
Library Services has nearly one million books, magazines and
periodicals on cassette or disc or in braille, either in its own
collection or available through the National Library Service (NLS).
Braille's reader advisors will help you select took titles over the
phone, by mail or in person. Braille even supplies the cassette players;
there is no cost to you.
Catalogs ot titles on cassette are available, and you will receive a
You do not have to be legally blind to become a Library patron. For
more information call:
Toll Free: 1(800) 808-2555
Within 323: 660-3880
Visual Aids Consultations
You do not have to be legally blind to take advantage of Braille
Institute's Visual Aids service.
Consultants will review your visual acuity, then meet with you
one-on-one to demonstrate and recommend lighting alternatives or adaptive
products such as hand-held magnifiers and closed-circuit televisions.
Call for more information.
Classes to Help you Stay
Braille's Institute classes are open to
all adults who are legally blind.
Simply call for an appointment. A counselor will meet with you to
discuss your specific needs, then make recommendations on which classes
would be most beneficial to you and your family.
Living Skills Classes
Living skills classes cover three basic skills:
orientation & mobility, independent living,
Orientation & Mobility Training, which involves
individualized instruction in the use of a white cane. You will learn
techniques that will enable you to establish your location in any
environment and move about in a safe and efficient manner.
Independent Living courses teach you the skills you will need
for doing everyday things, such as maintaining a household, preparing
meals, identifying money, using handwriting aids, telephoning and telling
Sensory Awareness classes show you how to best employ your other
senses, plus how to maximize the use of your remaining vision.
In addition to these living skills classes, the Institute offers individual
group workshops to help you and your family adjust to the emotional
impact of sight loss.
Social and Recreational Classes
You may need help with some things,
such as transportation, but that doesn't
mean you can't learn to do other daily
tasks in new ways.
Once you have learned the basics, you are eligible to take social and
recreational courses. They are designed to help you reinforce your living
skills while developing new interests or rekindling old ones.
Communication courses cover everything from how to use a
keyboard for typing or computer use to learning to read and write braille.
Social and Adjustment Skills courses cover different forms of
art, from ceramics to mixed media, a well as other subjects such as music
and current events.
For every paid employee, 14 volunteers donate their time to
provide the services of the Braille Institute. Volunteers are needed and