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    Agency - Braille Institute, Santa Barbara Regional Center


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    Braille Institute, Santa Barbara Regional Center
    Last updated on September 17, 2013

    Braille Institute is committed to eliminating blindness and severe sight loss as a barrier to a fulfilling life.

    Description:
    Braille Institute seeks to reinforce the confidence, self-esteem and dignity of individuals who are visually impaired, enabling them to live, attend school and work as they choose. We offer integrated educational, social and recreational programs and services in an environment of hope and encouragement. Generous donor and dedicated efforts by more than 900 volunteers enable staff to provide training, programs and services without charge.

    History:
    J. Robert Atkinson, who lost his own sight in a 1912 accident, received a $25,000 grant from Mary and John Longyear to advance the educational and literary achievements of the blind. Atkinson founded Universal Braille Press in 1919 located in Los Angeles, which later incorporated as Braille Institute of America, Inc.on September 30, 1929.

    Braille Institute expanded to provide a full range of services including the National Library Services regional library for people of all ages who are blind or physically or reading disabled. Services extend throughout Southern California directed from five regional centers. Braille Institute, Santa Barbara Regional Center serves Ventura County and Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. Services are provided free of charge.

    Contact people:
     Barbara Hoffmann, Coordinator Of Volunteers, (phone), (email)
    Michael Lazarovits, Regional Director, (phone), (email)


    Office fax number: (805) 687-6141

    Address:
     2031 De La Vina Street
    Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (See a map)

    Web Site: http://www.brailleinstitute.org

    Directions:

     From the North, take the Mission Street exit in Santa Barbara and make a left onto Mission Street. From the South take the Mission Street exit and make a right onto Mission Street. Drive 4 blocks to Chapala Street. . . (more)
      Nearest Bus Stop: Padre and Bath Streets, 5 minutes minute walk
    Last updated on September 17, 2013

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