MEDIA ADVISORY: Braille Institute San Diego Invites Public for a Glimpse of Free Services and Activities for Adults and Children Who Have Low Vision at Upcoming Open House Celebration

MEDIA ADVISORY: Braille Institute San Diego Invites Public for a Glimpse of Free Services and Activities for Adults and Children Who Have Low Vision at Upcoming Open House Celebration
July, 2017 Client News

WHAT: 

  • Braille Institute San Diego welcomes the public to celebrate the summer season at the Friends and Family Summer Picnic.
  • Primarily designed for current students to bring their friends and family on campus to socialize and to celebrate the independence that Braille Institute encourages each day, this event is also open to the public-at-large to learn about the classes, workshops offered for people with low vision as well as volunteer opportunities.
  • Guests can participate in activities for kids and families, eat delicious food, and purchase artwork, handmade soaps and jewelry created by Braille Institute San Diego students.
  • Tours of the San Diego Center classrooms, community rooms, and art studio will also be offered for those who would like to experience and learn more about all the campus has to offer.
  • Free Admission. Free parking offered on a first come, first served basis.

WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (BEST TIME TO COVER IS BETWEEN 11:30 A.M. AND 1:30 P.M.)

WHERE: Braille Institute San Diego, 4555 Executive Drive, San Diego, CA 92121

INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC: Call 858-452-1111 or visit the website www.brailleinstitute.org/sandiego

VISUALS:

  • Handmade arts, crafts and goods by Braille Institute San Diego students who are visually impaired.
  • Students and families learning to dance merengue by Braille Institute volunteer fitness and dance instructor, Fabiola Gomes.
  • Braille Institute San Diego staff members giving campus tours to family members and the public.

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE:

  • Jay R. Hatfield, executive director of the San Diego Center can answer questions about free services and classes offered, the mission of Braille Institute and the organization’s goals for San Diego County.
  • Darlene G. Miller, M.A., educational programs manager of the San Diego Center can answer questions about the Friends and Family Summer Picnic, and the mission of Braille Institute San Diego.
  • Inspiring students, volunteers and teachers who can speak about the impact of the Braille Institute San Diego classes and programs on their daily lives.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: 

  • According to a recent National Health Interview Survey, 20.6 million adult Americans reported vision loss that cannot be corrected with glasses or contacts – this is just more than six percent of the U.S. population.
  • It is a stereotype that Braille Institute only teaches people how to read and communicate using Braille – this is a very small part of what they offer to the public, and is usually taught to students who are born blind or with significant vision loss.
  • All classes and services offered by Braille Institute are free of charge. By learning about tips and techniques to help maintain independence despite vision loss, students who attend classes regularly experience a renewed sense of confidence, gain independence, and are given the necessary tools to live well with low vision.
  • Programs are available in English and Spanish, and include one-on-one consults and small group classes to help adults with little to no vision build practical skills, and gain or regain independence.
  • Classes are developed and taught for those who are blind and visually impaired. Some of the students who have benefitted from Braille Institute services have become teachers themselves.
  • Braille Institute San Diego also needs volunteers. With all of the free events, workshops and services Braille Institute San Diego offers throughout the year, the organization is always looking for volunteers interested in lending a helping hand with the following: the award-winning library, technology lab, course instruction, facilities assistant, lunchroom guides, special events and more. The next volunteer orientation is Aug. 21.
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