Connection Pointe: Tech for Youth Services (2016-2017)
Braille Institute is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate blindness and severe sight loss as a barrier to a fulfilling life. Therefore, our Youth and Career Services program is designed for youth between the ages of 6-18 who are blind or visually impaired and focuses on fostering confidence, self-esteem, life skills and independence leading to vocational training, higher education and employment.
It has been demonstrated that young people who are blind or visually impaired are just as capable as sighted youths. Braille Institute’s youth program offers a series of structured, activity-based events which supplement regular school and community activities, along with encouraging our students to interact with others.
For example, Braille Institute gives our students the opportunity of attending several educational and fun-filled activities such as behind-the-scenes tours to Sea World and Dodger Stadium, Snow Skiing at Big Bear Mountain and many more. In addition, every year Braille Institute holds a special event; the National Braille Challenge.
Braille Institute, Rancho Mirage has sponsored monthly educational “Youth IEP Days” for our local visually impaired students. This gives them the opportunity of attending our center and taking various courses concentrating on their independent living skills, orientation & mobility skills, braille, adaptive technology, socialization skills, etc. For example, technology is growing in today’s world and fortunately our youth and families have the option of scheduling free hands on demonstrations and technology training sessions on the latest mainstream and adaptive devices. Connection Pointe gives our youth and families access to discover the latest technology.
Braille Institute’s Youth Program will continue to focus and encourage our blind or visually impaired children, teens and their families to become successful and independent. In addition, Braille Institute’s Youth Program is involved with the following:
Home visits/School visits
Attend IEP (Individualized Education Program) Meetings
BIA’s Youth/Career Services Assessment
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