Braille Institute Free Online Workshops

Braille Institute Free Online Workshops title=
Braille Institute Free Online Workshops
0 Comments
Reads 290
Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 08:30 to Friday, April 16, 2021 - 17:00

Workshops hosted by Santa Barbara Center

**Technology**

Introduction to Victor Reader
Feb 22 2:00 – 3:00pm
An informative online workshop on all the wonderful features the Victor Reader has. The Victor Reader is a handheld, versatile audio book reader, music player, and digital audio recorder.

All about Ambutech Canes
Mar 12 2:00 – 3:00pm
We will give an overview of the various Ambutech canes on the market and answer questions related to their products.

Staying Organized with Siri
Mar 22 2:00 – 3:00p
In this online workshop participants will learn everything they need to know about setting up and using Siri, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and the Apple Watch.

Introduction to Smart Speakers
Apr 5 2:00 – 3:00pm
Smart speakers can be a lot of fun! Join us in discovering all the useful features they have such as organizing your schedule, playing games, making calls and more.

**Staying Active**

Introduction to the Otago Exercise Program
Feb 11 1:00 – 2:00pm
In this workshop we will give a brief overview of the Otago Exercise program and discuss fall prevention strategies that you can begin to implement into your daily life.

Workshops hosted by other Braille Institute Centers

**Technology**

Tecking In
Every Wednesday 1:00 – 2:00pm
Come and share you technology triumphs and get help with your technology questions. Some apps covered include MS Teams, NVDA, Nearby Explorer, Seeing AI, Victor Reader, BARD Express, MS Teams, Zoom and more. Hosted by: San Diego Center

Introducing Amazon Alexa
Mar 1 2:00 – 3:00pm
Mar 3 1:30 – 2:30pm *In Spanish*
Join us for this online workshop where we get started with Amazon’s smart assistant, Alexa! You will learn all the things you can accomplish with Alexa and what devices Alexa works with such as how to get information, be entertained, and using voice commands. Hosted by Anaheim and Riverside Centers

Delivery Services: Instacart
Mar 10 1:30 – 2:30pm
Learn safer, easier ways to obtain your groceries and complete essential shopping all from the comfort of your home. We will teach you how to order groceries using your computer, smart phone, or tablet. You will also learn about the other delivery options from your favorite stores and restaurants.
Hosted by: Anaheim, Coachella Valley and Riverside Centers

Understanding Portable Video Magnifiers
Mar 30 10:00 – 11:00am
This online workshop will provide information regarding three popular portable video magnifiers and how they can assist you in maintaining your independence with reading. Hosted by: Riverside Center

iPhone and iPad Accessibility with Low to No Vision
Mar 24 & Apr 4 1:30 – 2:30pm
Demonstration of VoiceOver, screen magnification, apps, and voice commands using Siri. Hosted by: Anaheim and Laguna Hills Center

How to use Social Media: Facebook and YouTube
Feb 12 10:00 – 11:30am
Learn how easy it is to join and manage your social media channels. Get social! Hosted by: Laguna Hills Center

What’s the Difference between Android and iOS (Apple) Devices?
Feb 19 10.00 – 11.30am
We’ll dive into the different accessibility features each device has to offer people with low to no vision.
Hosted by: Laguna Hills Center

Popcorn and a Movie: The Firestick and Disney Accessibility Features
Feb 19 10.00 – 12.00pm
There are many accessible features available for home entertainment. In this workshop we teach you how to make popcorn in the microwave. We will discuss the Amazon Firestick, which is an inexpensive device that you can plug into your TV to access movies and shows with audio description. The Disney Channel also allows you to play their selections with description and we will teach you how to do that as well. Then we will play a Disney movie for you to enjoy with your popcorn. Hosted by: Coachella Valley Center

Introduction to Victor Reader
Apr 2 10.00 – 11.30am
An informative online workshop on all the wonderful features the Victor Reader has. The Victor Reader is a handheld, versatile audio book reader, music player, and digital audio recorder. Hosted by: Laguna Hills Center

New Technology Demonstration: Compact 10 HD Speech
Feb 24 1.30 - 3.00pm
An informative workshop, learn about all the features this portable, lightweight, a sleek, and stylish device has to offer. The Compact 10 HD Speech offers all the benefits of a desktop video magnifier but in a compact and portable package.
Hosted by: Anaheim Center

Make Technology Work for You
Mar 5 10.00 – 11.30am
Apr 7 1.30 – 2.30pm
Learn simple shortcuts, commands and apps to use with your smart devices.
Hosted by: Anaheim and Laguna Hills Center

Introduction to Smart Speakers
Mar 19 10.00 – 11.30am
Smart speakers can be a lot of fun! Join us in discovering all the useful features they have such as organizing your schedule, playing games, making calls and more.
Hosted by: Laguna Hills Center

Is There An App For That?
Mar 26 10.00 – 11.30am
Discover all the useful apps available to those with low to no vision.
Hosted by: Laguna Hills Center

Explore the World of Audio Description
Mar 31 1.30 – 2.30pm
Discover different ways to access descriptive narration in visual media. Fun and interactive.
Hosted by: Anaheim Center

Android Devices with Low Vision to No Vision
Apr 16 10.00 – 11.30am
Learn about the accessibility features an Android Devices has to offer.
Hosted by: Laguna Hills Center

**Getting Help**

Understanding Vision Loss
Feb 12, Mar 5, 12 & 15, Apr 2 & 9
10.00am – 11.30am
In Spanish
Mar 12 6.00-7.00pm
Feb 22 and Apr 12 10.00am – 11.30am
For those who are interested in learning about the basics of blindness and visual impairment.
Hosted by: Anaheim, Coachella Valley, Laguna Hills and Riverside Centers

Low Vision 101
Feb 13, Mar 10, Apr 7
11.00am – 12.00pm
Who, what, and the importance of Braille Institute’s Low Vision Program. Learn how our free low vision consultation can help you and get an overview of our free low vision services. Hosted by: San Diego Center

Orientation and Mobility Basics and Human Guide Training
Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 16
10.00 – 11.30am
Learn safety and human guide techniques and best practices for interacting with and supporting individuals with vision loss while social distancing.
Hosted by: Anaheim Center

Healthy Brain Workshop
In Spanish
Feb 16, Mar 16 10.00-11.30am
Keep your brain Sharp and enjoy games and tips designed specifically to exercise memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem solving! Meet new friends all without leaving your home!
Hosted by: Anaheim Center

Understanding Diabetes and its Effect on Vision
Mar 26 10.00 – 11.00am
Apr 30 3.00 – 5.00pm
Many people with diabetes have experienced some form of vision loss related to this condition. Learn the importance of managing blood sugars. We’ll provide tips on maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle to maximize use of the remaining vision. We will discuss delicious and healthy recipes along with the benefits of eating vegetables and fruits.
Hosted by: Coachella Valley and Riverside Centers

Diabetes and Orientation and Mobility
Feb 12 11.00am – 12.00pm
Feb 19 & 26 12.00 – 1.00pm
Have you been diagnosed as pre- diabetic or with Type I or II diabetes? Join our Open Forum to learn what diabetes is, the different ways that diabetes can impact your life, and how to live and manage your diabetes diagnosis successfully.
Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

All about the White Cane
Mar 12 11.00am – 12.00pm
Mar 19 & 26 12.00 – 1.00pm
Join this open forum to learn about the multiple types and uses of a white cane. We will discuss the variety of canes, uses of canes and how to determine the best fit for you.
Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

Learn About Fall Prevention
Mar 15 1.00 – 2.00pm
One in four adults fall each year. Falls can cause serious injury postponing an active life. Come explore the facts with us and join this discussion of the top 3 tips to help you stay steady on your feet. Empower yourself, your family, and friends for a safe and fun summer.
Hosted by: San Diego Center

Assistive Devices for Low Vision
Apr 1 3.00 – 5.00pm
This online workshop details the ins- and-outs of low vision devices and how they can assist you in maintaining your independence. Everything from simple handheld magnifiers to CCTVS. Learn how devices can maximize remaining vision and increase independence in reading, writing, and managing medications and finances. Hosted by: Coachella Valley Center

All about Guide Dogs
Apr 9 11.00am – 12.00pm
Apr 16 12.00 – 1.00pm
Join this open forum to learn about the different guide dog schools located in California. Learn the requirements needed to qualify for a guide dog. Understand how a guide dog can improve your life and whether a guide dog is a right fit for you. Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

**Life Skills**

Enhanced Beauty
Mar 1 2.00 – 3.00pm
Join us for an interactive conversation in sharing practical skincare and basic makeup techniques for individuals with low vision.
Hosted by: Riverside Center

Young Adult Group
Feb 19, Mar 5 & 19, Apr 2 & 16
2.00 – 3.00pm
Introducing a program for visually impaired young adults. This program will provide a space for socialization and connection while preparing for next steps toward an independent life. Curriculum will be shaped by participating students.
Hosted by: San Diego Center

Implementing Practical Lifestyle Skills to Improve Quality of Life
Mar 8 10.00 – 11.00am
Join us for an interactive conversation in sharing practical skincare and basic makeup techniques for individuals with low vision.
Hosted by: Riverside Center

Low Vision Low Tech ADL Tips
Feb 12 & 26, Mar 12 & Mar 26, Apr 9
10.00 – 11.00am
This weekly workshop will focus on low tech tips for various activities for daily living. Braille Institute students, patrons, family members and care givers are welcome to attend.
Hosted by: San Diego Center

Advanced: Best Lighting for Your Sight
Mar 19 3.00 – 5.00pm
For people with low vision, lighting is a critical factor. If you have attended our Best Lighting for your Sight, join us for this advanced workshop as we go into more detail about specific lighting for various tasks. The lumens and kelvins of bulbs will be reviewed to determine what works best of you. Learn more in depth household lighting tips to help maintain safety and independence.
Hosted by: Coachella Valley Center

Game Show Happy Hour
Feb 22, Mar 22 1.00 – 2.00pm
Feb 24, Mar 24 1.00 – 2.00pm (Spanish)
Have fun and build community between attendees. Virtual happy hour ideas are specific games, activities and themes that can use to boost social engagement further.
Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

Gals Look Good… Feel Good
Mar 2 1.00 – 2.00pm (Spanish)
No need to go through extreme routines to feel and look good every day! In this workshop you will learn how to maintain good personal hygiene routines, tips and tricks to boost your confidence, shopping for personal care products when you are on a budget, etc. A special kit will be mailed to the first 15 students to sign up.
Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

Best Lighting for Your Sight
Feb 10, Apr 7 10.00 – 11.00am
Learn household lighting tips! These tips and tricks will including glare control and contrast enhancement for reading, managing finances, completing personal care, and meal preparation to help maintain safety and independence at home.
Hosted by: Riverside Center

Basic Principles of Contrast
Feb 19, Apr 9 10.00 – 11.00am
Mar 5 3.00 – 5.00pm
Our instructor will provide information on low contrast sensitivity and how to apply principles of contrast to improve activities of daily living performance, activities of leisure and reduce risk of fall.
Hosted by: Coachella Valley and Riverside Centers

Is A Guide Dog Right For You?
Feb 9 1.00 – 2.00pm
Feb 26 11.00am – 12.00pm
Guide dog partners are trusted friends that offer new opportunities for interaction and greater independence. Learn if a guide dog might be right for you.
Hosted by: San Diego Center
Guest Speakers: Pati Robitaille, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and Zack Gittlen, Guide Dogs of America

**Cooking**

Contrast in the Kitchen
Mar 9 2.00 – 3.00pm
Although many people who have low vision can also experience decreased color perception, it is still possible to use color to enhance independence, safety, and accessibility. In this workshop we will discuss tips and modification using the principles of contrast to increase safety in the kitchen.
Hosted by: Riverside Center

Spring, No Bake!
Mar 26 10.00am – 12.00pm
In Spanish
Mar 26 1.00-3.00pm
Hop into spring and learn how to make a no-bake treat for friends and family.
Hosted by: Coachella Valley Center

**Reading**

Free Access to Audiobook through the BARD App
Feb 17 or Mar 17 1.30-2.30pm
In Spanish
Feb 10 1.30-2.30pm
Learn how to download free books and magazines to your smart devices.
Hosted by: Anaheim and Laguna Hills Centers

Book Club
Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 17
1.00 – 2.30pm
For visually impaired students, friends and family members interested in virtual travel to amazing places and through time. Meet others book enthusiasts who share a passion for novels and incredible fiction and non-fiction stories.
Hosted by: San Diego Center

**Art**

Upcycling! Turning Trash into Treasure
Mar 4 10.00 – 11.00am
This workshop is an introduction to Upcycling, turning trash into treasure by taking an everyday object that would normally be discarded/recycled and decorating it to become a functional work of art such as a pen holder or decoration.
Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

Disability Visibility
Feb 15 & 22 2.00 – 3.30pm
Three-part workshop based on the book "Disability Visibility" edited by Alice Wong. Attendees will read/listen to selected stories by different activist, public figures and individuals and we'll discuss thoughts and reactions during work-shop.
Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

Valentine Cards
Feb 12 3.00 – 4.00pm
Create handmade, heartfelt Valentines cards to give to your loved ones. Let your creativity flow, have fun, and practice your sensory awareness all in one workshop.
Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

**Staying Active**

Breathing Exercises and Laughing Yoga
Mar 30 3.00 – 4.00pm
Simple exercises to help reduce stress.
Hosted by: Los Angeles Center

**Community Resources**

Medication Safety
Feb 23 11.00am – 12.00pm
Talking, large print or braille prescription labels allow visually impaired people to safely and independently manage their prescription medications. In this workshop, learn about Script talk and how it can help you.
Hosted by: San Diego Center
Guest Speaker: Sharla Glass, En-Vision America

Sign up for individual events, workshops and seminars – free and open to everyone. Register online at www.BrailleInstitute.org or call 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553) Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Event Category: 
WORKSHOP