Braille Institute of America To Break Ground on $10 Million State-of-the-Art Center in Anaheim To Improve Access to Services for Local Residents Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Braille Institute of America To Break Ground on $10 Million State-of-the-Art Center in Anaheim To Improve Access to Services for Local Residents Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
October, 2017 Client News

WHAT: Serving the Orange County community since 1934, Braille Institute ushers a new beginning for their Anaheim Center. Community leaders, supporters, and students will gather to celebrate the groundbreaking to construct a contemporary single structure that will increase program efficiency and the number of students served, blending state-of-the-art technology with Braille Institute’s hallmark personal touch services. The new center will replace an aging collection of homes that were not originally designed to be an educational institution. The ceremony is for invited guests and not open to the public.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT: October is Blindness Awareness Month. Braille Institute reminds students, staff, volunteers, and the community-at-large about the importance of accessible low vision programs and services to cultivate independence and self-esteem for individuals that are blind or are losing their eyesight.

ANTICIPATED VISUALS:

  • Large earthmovers and construction vehicles will serve as a backdrop for the ceremony.
  • Students who are visually impaired will sing to open the ceremony.
  • Elected officials and Braille Institute leadership will wear custom hardhats and use shovels to turn dirt over to signify groundbreaking.
  • More than 100 guests are expected to attend the private ceremony.
  • LINK TO DOWNLOAD RENDERING OF ANAHEIM CENTER: http://bit.ly/2y6112p 


WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

BEST TIME TO COVER: Between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. We can accommodate interviews before ceremony/program begins.

WHERE: Braille Institute Anaheim, 527 N Dale Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE:

  • Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait (expected to attend)
  • Denise Barnes, Anaheim City Council Member, District 1 (expected to attend)
  • Peter Mindnich, President, Braille Institute
  • Victor Hugo Gallegos-Ortiz, Tech Instructor, Braille Institute. Victor is completely blind and is a former Braille Institute student who now teaches others how to use assistive technology such as screen readers like JAWS for Windows and VoiceOver for Apple products. He came to Braille Institute at the age of 11 and began working for the nonprofit in 2014. Victor is a fluent Spanish speaker and is comfortable doing interviews.

MORE ABOUT BRAILLE INSTITUTE IN ORANGE COUNTY AND THE NEW ANAHEIM CENTER: 

  • Braille Institute has directly served the Orange County region since 1934 through our Los Angeles headquarters.  A small office was opened in Garden Grove in 1967, and then moved to the North Dale location in 1971.
  • Each year, Braille Institute Anaheim Center serves over 7,000 children, adults and seniors who reside in Orange County, south Los Angeles County, and parts of Riverside County. The new center will enable the organization to expand services and reach more individuals affected by vision loss.
  • When finished, the Anaheim Center will feature:
    • A comprehensive Learning Resource Center acting as a hub to integrate our most important services: Connection Pointe technology training, low vision rehabilitation, library services, braille literacy, and counseling.
    • Our upgraded Daily Living Education Center is designed to help individuals develop the skills needed to be independent, whatever their living situation.
    • The new Creative Arts Classrooms and Studios provide multi-purpose space to explore self-expression through adaptive techniques in a variety of mediums.
  • Overall, attention to details in architecture and design will provide a beautiful, relaxing space that brings hope and community to students, encouraging individuals and families in the midst of great challenges.
  • While construction continues on the new center, programs and services continue in their temporary home across the street at the Anaheim Christian Reformed Church.
  • With the numbers of people experiencing vision loss expected to more than double in the coming decades, this project is timed to significantly impact those who need our help now and in the years to come.
  • Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides a broad range of free programs and services to people of all ages with vision loss.
  • Braille Institute relies on the generous financial support of individuals, foundations, corporations, and others to provide critical services free of charge.  We receive less than four percent of our overall budget from government sources.
  • More than half of the funds have already been raised thanks to donor support. Commemorative giving opportunities to help underwrite the completion of the center are available, please call 714-821-5000 or visit www.brailleinstitute.org to learn more.
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