Not Too Late to Join! Braille Institute Spring/Summer Classes Underway

Free, innovative classes open to residents throughout Santa Barbara with vision loss due to conditions like Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, Cataracts and Retinitis Pigmentosa


Self Defense at the Braille Institute of Santa Barbara emphasizes learning to maximize one’s ability to be safe in life, both in public and private. Photo taken by Marcelo Coelho for Braille Institute.

Santa Barbara, Calif., June 8, 2017— Braille Institute Santa Barbara may be well into its Spring/Summer term of classes, but it’s never too late for anyone facing the challenges of vision loss to drop by and join a free course. More than 80 classes designed to build self-confidence in a safe environment, leading to success in the workplace and throughout life, will continue to be offered through July 28.
To register for classes, schedule a tour, or for more information, call us at (805) 682-6222. Classes are held at the Braille Institute (2031 De La Vina St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105) and other key locations in the community. A full calendar of classes is available at
Among the ongoing offerings is iPad for Beginners, which teaches students how to fully utilize the many accessibility features already on their Apple devices, such as a screen reader and magnification. Braille Institute also offers hands-on courses getting students out from behind the desk, such as Self Defense, which emphasizes learning to maximize one’s ability to be safe in life, both in public and private.
Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. It serves thousands of adults and youth each year through a broad range of educational, social and recreational programs designed to help people with vision loss lead enriched and fulfilling lives. Services are provided through six Southern California centers and hundreds of other community locations. Additionally, Braille Institute’s national programs encourage school age students to pursue braille literacy and orientation and mobility skills. Funded by private donations, all services are free of charge. For more information, visit:, or on twitter @BrailleInst.
NOTE TO EDITORS: For opportunities to visit classes or student and teacher interviews, please contact Angel Pacheco/Juliana Minsky at or (805) 687-3322.

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