This Thursday, Braille Institute will host a celebration to commemorate the groundbreaking on their state of the art center. The new center is valued at $10 million is expected to open in Fall 2018 as a 14,735 sq.ft. building.
It will replace an aging collection of homes that were never originally meant to be an educational institution, and provide wrap-around services for children, teens, adults and seniors. The ceremony is being held during Blindness Awareness Month, and the new center signifies importance of accessible low vision programs and services to cultivate independence and self-esteem for individuals that are blind or are losing their eyesight.
We hope you will be able to join us to cover this important milestone for the organization. The center helps students from throughout the region, not just Anaheim. We will have students with total vision loss who can speak to the impact Braille Institute has had on their lives, including Victor Hugo Gallegos-Ortiz. He began attending programming at Braille Institute when he was just 11 years old. He now works for Braille Institute, and he now teaches others how to use assistive technology such as screen readers like JAWS for Windows and VoiceOver for Apple products. He is a fluent Spanish speaker as well.
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.
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.
This article was based on information released by the Braille Institute.