Braille Institute is committed to eliminating blindness and severe sight loss as a barrier to the fulfillment of life.
Braille Institute is a private, nonprofit organization that through educational training, programs and services, helps tens of thousands of people each year regain and maintain their independence. Thanks to generous donations, Braille Institute services are available free of charge.
I have been legally blind in my left eye (AMD) since 1988. I developed a puckered preretinal membrane in my right eye early in 2003 & was legally blind in that eye also for two years. During that period, I attended meetings at the L.A. Braille Institute, bought items from the store, and received valuable help and encouragement from the organization.
Among things that impressed & inspired me during my visits WERE displays of work, including art & photos, by others with impaired vision. I had been a writer, photographer & photojournalist for decades, and had begun to work with computer graphics during the mid-1980s while a supervisor in the Art Department at Hughes Aircraft Co. Seeing the often-impressive work of others helped inspire me to continue with my photography - and to delve even further into creation of digital abstract art, using a large monitor, various magnifying devices (which I learned about from the Institute) and very strong reading glasses.