Braille Institute.

Through the last 95 years, thanks to the support of its generous donors, Braille Institute has grown to provide an unparalleled range of services that help tens of thousands of people primarily in Southern California but also across the country. Every year, Braille Institute San Diego helps more than 9,000 area residents who are blind or visually impaired.

Today, the majority of Braille Institute students and clients have some vision, but their sight loss has progressed to a point that regular eye glasses no longer help. Many are learning how to live more fulfilling lives despite sight loss which is most commonly due to progressive diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa.

Low Vision Consultations are often the first step many adults take when coming to Braille Institute. These one-on-one consultations are provided by Braille Institute specialists who take the time to understand their particular needs, demonstrate and recommend assistive devices such as special lighting, magnification devices and other visual aids. They also introduce clients to iPads, apps and other technology which have proven helpful for many people who have sight loss.

Another popular program is Connection Pointe. Connection Pointe helps people with no or low vision learn how common devices like smart phones, iPads and handheld digital magnifiers can help them stay connected to the world around them.

Call to learn more about services available in English and Spanish and free classes which help people with sight loss regain confidence, stay connected, get around town, and rediscover fun and fitness.