Braille Institute’s Laguna Hills Neighborhood Center Offers Free Technology Workshops; Registration Open for Fall Term

Braille Institute’s Laguna Hills Neighborhood Center Offers Free Technology Workshops; Registration Open for Fall Term
September, 2017 Client News

LAGUNA HILLS – Sept. 27, 2017 – Braille Institute’s Laguna Hills Neighborhood Center offers free workshops, events, and services to individuals with low vision. The workshops are geared toward those who are affected by eye conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and more. Approximately 170,000 Orange County residents live with low vision so the services offered by the staff and volunteers at Braille Institute’s centers fill a great need.

From October through December 2017, the Laguna Hills Neighborhood Center will hold free technology workshops open to the public, which focus on helping adults build their knowledge and skills in using technology to live well with low vision and foster independence. Workshops include tutorials on using accessibility features and services, including Android phone and tablet, iPhone apps and NFB newsline and many more.

Students who attend workshops regularly at the Braille Institute’s centers often experience renewed self confidence, gain independence, and are given the necessary tools to cope with sight loss. “For most, losing your eyesight can make you feel helpless, cause you to withdraw socially, become more reserved, and make you question your self-worth,” said Sandra Albear, field services manager at Braille Institute’s Laguna Hills Neighborhood Center. “We want people with low vision and their families to know they can continue to live enriched and fulfilling lives with some adjustments by using different tools and techniques. That’s what we strive to instill and teach our students every day.” The Braille Institute’s Laguna Hills Neighborhood Center opened in 2016, and has served more than 500 individuals in the short time it has been opened. “We have the capacity to serve more people, especially as we prepare our main campus in Anaheim for renovation in the coming months,” continued Albear.

According to a recent National Health Interview Survey, more than 20 million adult Americans reported vision loss unable to be corrected with glasses or contacts – this is just more than six percent of the U.S. population. Nearly 90 percent of Braille Institute Orange County students have some remaining vision, and it’s the organization’s mission to support independence as their students’ vision changes.

For more information or to make a reservation for any of the upcoming technology workshops at the Laguna Hills Neighborhood Center, please visit www.brailleinstitute.org/lagunahills or call 714-503-2171.

Apps for Android Devices
Hosted by Braille Institute Orange County – Laguna Hills Neighborhood Center
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
24411 Ridge Route Drive, #110
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
FREE Admission
FREE Parking on a first come, first served basis
RSVP online at brailleinstitute.org/lagunahills or call 714-503-2171

Learn about apps for your Android phone or tablet like; BARD Mobile, Tap Tap See, NearbyExplorer, and IDEAL Currency, you will also learn about voice commands using “OK Google”.

Apps for iPhone & iPad Workshop
Hosted by Braille Institute Orange County – Laguna Hills Neighborhood Center
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
24411 Ridge Route Drive, #110
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
FREE Admission
FREE Parking on a first come, first served basis
RSVP online at brailleinstitute.org/lagunahills or call 714-503-2171

Learn about apps for your iPhone & iPad. Bring your device and learn how to use BARD Mobile, and other useful apps.

NearbyExplorer GPS App for iPhone
Hosted by Braille Institute Orange County – Laguna Hills Neighborhood Center
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
24411 Ridge Route Drive, #110
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
FREE Admission
FREE Parking on a first come, first served basis
RSVP online at brailleinstitute.org/lagunahills or call 714-503-2171

Learn about this app that is geared toward the visually impaired and blind. Instead of just providing directions, it describes the environment in ways comparable to reading signage or observing road characteristic. Works for vehicle and pedestrian routes too.

ABOUT BRAILLE INSTITUTE
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: BrailleInstitute.org, Facebook.com/BrailleInstitute or on Twitter @BrailleInst.

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