Online Workshops: Braille Institute

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Workshops hosted by Santa Barbara Center

Technology

Introduction to Victor Reader

Feb 22 2:00 – 3:00pm

An informative online workshop on all the wonderful features the Victor Reader has. The Victor Reader is a handheld, versatile audio book reader, music player, and digital audio recorder.

All about Ambutech Canes

Mar 12 2:00 – 3:00pm

We will give an overview of the various Ambutech canes on the market and answer questions related to their products.

Staying Organized with Siri

Mar 22 2:00 – 3:00p

In this online workshop participants will learn everything they need to know about setting up and using Siri, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and the Apple Watch.

Introduction to Smart Speakers

Apr 5 2:00 – 3:00pm

Smart speakers can be a lot of fun! Join us in discovering all the useful features they have such as organizing your schedule, playing games, making calls and more.

Staying Active

Introduction to the Otago Exercise Program

Feb 11 1:00 – 2:00pm

In this workshop we will give a brief overview of the Otago Exercise program and discuss fall prevention strategies that you can begin to implement into your daily life.

Workshops hosted by other Braille Institute Centers

Technology

Tecking In

Every Wednesday 1:00 – 2:00pm

Come and share you technology triumphs and get help with your technology questions. Some apps covered include MS Teams, NVDA, Nearby Explorer, Seeing AI, Victor Reader, BARD Express, MS Teams, Zoom and more. Hosted by: San Diego Center

Introducing Amazon Alexa

Mar 1 2:00 – 3:00pm

Mar 3 1:30 – 2:30pm *In Spanish*

Join us for this online workshop where we get started with Amazon’s smart assistant, Alexa! You will learn all the things you can accomplish with Alexa and what devices Alexa works with such as how to get information, be entertained, and using voice commands. Hosted by Anaheim and Riverside Centers

Delivery Services: Instacart

Mar 10 1:30 – 2:30pm

Learn safer, easier ways to obtain your groceries and complete essential shopping all from the comfort of your home. We will teach you how to order groceries using your computer, smart phone, or tablet. You will also learn about the other delivery options from your favorite stores and restaurants.

Hosted by: Anaheim, Coachella Valley and Riverside Centers

Understanding Portable Video Magnifiers

Mar 30 10:00 – 11:00am

This online workshop will provide information regarding three popular portable video magnifiers and how they can assist you in maintaining your independence with reading. Hosted by: Riverside Center

IPhone and iPad Accessibility with Low to No Vision

Mar 24 & Apr 4 1:30 – 2:30pm

Demonstration of VoiceOver, screen magnification, apps, and voice commands using Siri.  Hosted by: Anaheim and Laguna Hills Center

How to use Social Media: Facebook and YouTube

Feb 12 10:00 – 11:30am

Learn how easy it is to join and manage your social media channels. Get social! Hosted by: Laguna Hills Center

What’s the Difference between Android and iOS (Apple) Devices?

Feb 19   10.00 – 11.30am

We’ll dive into the different accessibility features each device has to offer people with low to no vision.

Hosted by: Laguna Hills Center

Popcorn and a Movie: The Firestick and Disney Accessibility Features

Feb 19   10.00 – 12.00pm

There are many accessible features available for home entertainment. In this workshop we teach you how to make popcorn in the microwave. We will discuss the Amazon Firestick, which is an inexpensive device that you can plug into your TV to access movies and shows with audio description. The Disney Channel also allows you to play their selections with description and we will teach you how to do that as well. Then we will play a Disney movie for you to enjoy with your popcorn. Hosted by: Coachella Valley Center

Introduction to Victor Reader

Apr 2   10.00 – 11.30am

An informative online workshop on all the wonderful features the Victor Reader has. The Victor Reader is a handheld, versatile audio book reader, music player, and digital audio recorder. Hosted by: Laguna Hills Center

New Technology Demonstration: Compact 10 HD Speech

Feb 24   1.30 – 3.00pm

An informative workshop, learn about all the features this portable, lightweight, a sleek, and stylish device has to offer. The Compact 10 HD Speech offers all the benefits of a desktop video magnifier but in a compact and portable package.

Hosted by: Anaheim Center

Make Technology Work for You

Mar 5   10.00 – 11.30am

Apr 7   1.30 – 2.30pm

Learn simple shortcuts, commands and apps to use with your smart devices.

Hosted by: Anaheim and Laguna Hills Center

Introduction to Smart Speakers

Mar 19   10.00 – 11.30am

Smart speakers can be a lot of fun! Join us in discovering all the useful features they have such as organizing your schedule, playing games, making calls and more.

Hosted by: Laguna Hills Center

Is There An App For That?

Mar 26   10.00 – 11.30am

Discover all the useful apps available to those with low to no vision.

Hosted by: Laguna Hills Center

Explore the World of Audio Description

Mar 31   1.30 – 2.30pm

Discover different ways to access descriptive narration in visual media. Fun and interactive.

Hosted by: Anaheim Center

Android Devices with Low Vision to No Vision

Apr 16   10.00 – 11.30am

Learn about the accessibility features an Android Devices has to offer.

Hosted by: Laguna Hills Center

Getting Help Understanding Vision Loss

Feb 12, Mar 5, 12 & 15, Apr 2 & 9

10.00am – 11.30am

In Spanish

Mar 12 6.00-7.00pm

Feb 22 and Apr 12 10.00am – 11.30am

For those who are interested in learning about the basics of blindness and visual impairment.

Hosted by: Anaheim, Coachella Valley, Laguna Hills and Riverside Centers

Low Vision 101

Feb 13, Mar 10, Apr 7

11.00am – 12.00pm

Who, what, and the importance of Braille Institute’s Low Vision Program. Learn how our free low vision consultation can help you and get an overview of our free low vision services. Hosted by: San Diego Center

Orientation and Mobility Basics and Human Guide Training

Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 16

10.00 – 11.30am

Learn safety and human guide techniques and best practices for interacting with and supporting individuals with vision loss while social distancing.

Hosted by: Anaheim Center

Healthy Brain Workshop

In Spanish

Feb 16, Mar 16   10.00-11.30am

Keep your brain Sharp and enjoy games and tips designed specifically to exercise memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem solving! Meet new friends all without leaving your home!

Hosted by: Anaheim Center

Understanding Diabetes and its Effect on Vision

Mar 26   10.00 – 11.00am

Apr 30   3.00 – 5.00pm

Many people with diabetes have experienced some form of vision loss related to this condition. Learn the importance of managing blood sugars. We’ll provide tips on maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle to maximize use of the remaining vision. We will discuss delicious and healthy recipes along with the benefits of eating vegetables and fruits.

Hosted by: Coachella Valley and Riverside Centers

Diabetes and Orientation and Mobility

Feb 12   11.00am – 12.00pm

Feb 19 & 26   12.00 – 1.00pm

Have you been diagnosed as pre- diabetic or with Type I or II diabetes? Join our Open Forum to learn what diabetes is, the different ways that diabetes can impact your life, and how to live and manage your diabetes diagnosis successfully.

Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

All about the White Cane

Mar 12   11.00am – 12.00pm

Mar 19 & 26   12.00 – 1.00pm

Join this open forum to learn about the multiple types and uses of a white cane. We will discuss the variety of canes, uses of canes and how to determine the best fit for you.

Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

Learn About Fall Prevention

Mar 15   1.00 – 2.00pm

One in four adults fall each year.  Falls can cause serious injury postponing an active life.  Come explore the facts with us and join this discussion of the top 3 tips to help you stay steady on your feet.  Empower yourself, your family, and friends for a safe and fun summer.

Hosted by: San Diego Center

Assistive Devices for Low Vision

Apr 1   3.00 – 5.00pm

This online workshop details the ins- and-outs of low vision devices and how they can assist you in maintaining your independence. Everything from simple handheld magnifiers to CCTVS. Learn how devices can maximize remaining vision and increase independence in reading, writing, and managing medications and finances. Hosted by: Coachella Valley Center

All about Guide Dogs

Apr 9   11.00am – 12.00pm

Apr 16   12.00 – 1.00pm

Join this open forum to learn about the different guide dog schools located in California. Learn the requirements needed to qualify for a guide dog. Understand how a guide dog can improve your life and whether a guide dog is a right fit for you. Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

Life Skills

Enhanced Beauty

Mar 1   2.00 – 3.00pm

Join us for an interactive conversation in sharing practical skincare and basic makeup techniques for individuals with low vision.

Hosted by: Riverside Center

Young Adult Group

Feb 19, Mar 5 & 19, Apr 2 & 16

2.00 – 3.00pm

Introducing a program for visually impaired young adults. This program will provide a space for socialization and connection while preparing for next steps toward an independent life. Curriculum will be shaped by participating students.

Hosted by: San Diego Center

Implementing Practical Lifestyle Skills to Improve Quality of Life

Mar 8   10.00 – 11.00am

Join us for an interactive conversation in sharing practical skincare and basic makeup techniques for individuals with low vision.

Hosted by: Riverside Center

Low Vision Low Tech ADL Tips

Feb 12 & 26, Mar 12 & Mar 26, Apr 9

10.00 – 11.00am

This weekly workshop will focus on low tech tips for various activities for daily living. Braille Institute students, patrons, family members and care givers are welcome to attend.

Hosted by: San Diego Center

Advanced: Best Lighting for Your Sight

Mar 19   3.00 – 5.00pm

For people with low vision, lighting is a critical factor. If you have attended our Best Lighting for your Sight, join us for this advanced workshop as we go into more detail about specific lighting for various tasks. The lumens and kelvins of bulbs will be reviewed to determine what works best of you. Learn more in depth household lighting tips to help maintain safety and independence.

Hosted by: Coachella Valley Center

Game Show Happy Hour

Feb 22, Mar 22   1.00 – 2.00pm

Feb 24, Mar 24   1.00 – 2.00pm (Spanish)

Have fun and build community between attendees. Virtual happy hour ideas are specific games, activities and themes that can use to boost social engagement further.

Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

Gals Look Good… Feel Good

Mar 2   1.00 – 2.00pm (Spanish)

No need to go through extreme routines to feel and look good every day! In this workshop you will learn how to maintain good personal hygiene routines, tips and tricks to boost your confidence, shopping for personal care products when you are on a budget, etc. A special kit will be mailed to the first 15 students to sign up.

Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

Best Lighting for Your Sight

Feb 10, Apr 7   10.00 – 11.00am

Learn household lighting tips! These tips and tricks will including glare control and contrast enhancement for reading, managing finances, completing personal care, and meal preparation to help maintain safety and independence at home.

Hosted by: Riverside Center

Basic Principles of Contrast

Feb 19, Apr 9   10.00 – 11.00am

Mar 5   3.00 – 5.00pm

Our instructor will provide information on low contrast sensitivity and how to apply principles of contrast to improve activities of daily living performance, activities of leisure and reduce risk of fall.

Hosted by: Coachella Valley and Riverside Centers

Is A Guide Dog Right For You?

Feb 9   1.00 – 2.00pm

Feb 26   11.00am – 12.00pm

Guide dog partners are trusted friends that offer new opportunities for interaction and greater independence. Learn if a guide dog might be right for you.

Hosted by: San Diego Center

Guest Speakers: Pati Robitaille, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and Zack Gittlen, Guide Dogs of America

Cooking

Contrast in the Kitchen

Mar 9   2.00 – 3.00pm

Although many people who have low vision can also experience decreased color perception, it is still possible to use color to enhance independence, safety, and accessibility. In this workshop we will discuss tips and modification using the principles of contrast to increase safety in the kitchen.

Hosted by: Riverside Center

Spring, No Bake!

Mar 26   10.00am – 12.00pm

In Spanish

Mar 26   1.00-3.00pm

Hop into spring and learn how to make a no-bake treat for friends and family.

Hosted by: Coachella Valley Center

Reading

Free Access to Audiobook through the

BARD App

Feb 17 or Mar 17   1.30-2.30pm

In Spanish

Feb 10   1.30-2.30pm

Learn how to download free books and magazines to your smart devices.

Hosted by: Anaheim and Laguna Hills Centers

Book Club

Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 17

1.00 – 2.30pm

For visually impaired students, friends and family members interested in virtual travel to amazing places and through time. Meet others book enthusiasts who share a passion for novels and incredible fiction and non-fiction stories.

Hosted by: San Diego Center

Art

Upcycling! Turning Trash into Treasure

Mar 4   10.00 – 11.00am

This workshop is an introduction to Upcycling, turning trash into treasure by taking an everyday object that would normally be discarded/recycled and decorating it to become a functional work of art such as a pen holder or decoration.

Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

Disability Visibility

Feb 15 & 22   2.00 – 3.30pm

Three-part workshop based on the book “Disability Visibility” edited by Alice Wong. Attendees will read/listen to selected stories by different activist, public figures and individuals and we’ll discuss thoughts and reactions during work-shop.

Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

Valentine Cards

Feb 12   3.00 – 4.00pm

Create handmade, heartfelt Valentines cards to give to your loved ones. Let your creativity flow, have fun, and practice your sensory awareness all in one workshop.

Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

Staying Active

Breathing Exercises and Laughing Yoga

Mar 30   3.00 – 4.00pm

Simple exercises to help reduce stress.

Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

Community Resources

Medication Safety

Feb 23   11.00am – 12.00pm

Talking, large print or braille prescription labels allow visually impaired people to safely and independently manage their prescription medications. In this workshop, learn about Script talk and how it can help you.

Hosted by: San Diego Center

Guest Speaker: Sharla Glass, En-Vision America

Braille Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to positively transform the lives of those with vision loss. We offer a broad range of free programs, classes and services serving thousands of students of all ages helping to demonstrate that vision rehabilitation is a beginning, not an end.

We serve the community from seven centers, and hundreds of community outreach locations throughout Southern California, and lead popular national programs like Braille Challenge and Cane Quest. Our staff and volunteers understand losing your vision can be scary, but we believe it is not the end of independence, but a new way of living.

A variety of free classes, workshops and support groups are available to help you or a loved one stay active, remain independent and enjoy connections with others.

Sign up for individual events, workshops and seminars – free and open to everyone. Register online or call 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553) Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.

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