Welcome to Blindness Support Services

We at Blindness Support Services are dedicated to teaching those who are blind or have visual impairments to become more independent and adapt to the challenges they have.

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A student looking in a shop while on a travel training exercise.
a student getting a hands on look at a refreshable braille display during an assistive technology presentation.



Announcements

COVID-19 Vaccination at BSS Offices

From 9am-4pm on Wednesday April 14th and Thursday April 15th COVID-19 vaccine shots will be given on location at our offices, 3696 Beatty Drive, Riverside CA 92506. Vaccine to be used is Johnson & Johnson's, and the estimated number of vaccines will be at least 100 per day. Anyone over 18 is eligible – this includes, but is not limited to: Our students, their families/friends, BSS Staff Members and their families/friends, neighbors, associates, etc.

Keep an eye out the next few days for the registration link, it will be sent out as soon as we have access it.

Touch Free Environment

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, BSS began its transition to a Touch Free Office Environment. As we move forward during these challenging times, such efforts are directed in making our training facility as safe as possible.

Special acknowledgments go out to our Contractor Stronghold engineering for helping us make this happen.


Essential App Lists

There are many applications available in the app store and google play store that can assist you while you are at home, school, work or on the go.

Our Assistive Technology department has compiled a list of accessible iOS applications for your smartphone or tablet that can assist you to improve your independence.

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Essential Android Apps page graphic contains the Google Play logo.


This Month's Events

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BSS Calendar


Unless otherwise specified, the following meetings are held
Via Zoom Meetings

*Our Meetings are invite only. Please contact us to RSVP before the meeting date.
Call: (951) 341-9244 or contact our front desk at fdesk@blindnesssupport.com


Exploring Braille

When: Friday, March 26th, from 10AM to 12 noon

Have you considered learning Braille but are unsure if you are ready? Are you in the process of learning Braille but looking for additional ways to practice and refine your skills? Have you learned Braille in the past but want to discover new ways to incorporate it in your daily life? Then come join us on the last Friday of every month and be a part of our Braille learning community. All individuals are welcome to come and see what Braille is all about and learn new and fun ways to use your growing Braille skills.

 

Zoom Try It Lab

When: Friday, April 2nd, from 10AM to 12 noon

Are you learning to use zoom and want to get more familiar with the controls and features? Then this is the place for you! We understand it can be difficult to explore and learn the controls and tools at your disposal during zoom meetings. Join us in our upcoming Zoom try it lab, when participants will be able to join a zoom meeting where there is no agenda but to hop in and familiarize yourself with the tools zoom has to offer.

Peer Support

When: Friday, April 9th, from 10AM to 12 noon

We have a Peer Support group where individuals that are blind are visually impaired can interact with others. We cover a wide variety of topics and activities, and we meet every second Friday of the month.

This Month we will have a presentation about Non24, a sleep disorder commonly affecting the blind and visually impaired. After the presentation we will have open discussion where participants may discuss any disruptions and changes they have noticed since the onset of visual impairment. And of course, don't forget about the social, coffee hour from 9-10am leading up to our meeting. Please use the coffee hour to get yourself settled in so the meeting can start promptly at its scheduled time.

Technology Club

When: Friday, April 16th, from 10AM to 12 noon

We have a Technology Club! We discuss topics related to all types of mobile Devices and Apps followed by open discussion. All are welcomed to Join us and learn! This month we will be discussing the voiceover rotor on iOS devices. We will have opportunities for individuals to share how they use the rotor to complete tasks on a daily basis.

 

Mobility Monday #2

When: Monday, April 19th, from 1 to 3PM

This month's Mobility Monday is going to be more kid focused. Our Orientation and Mobility intern, Kelsey, will be covering topics helpful for parents of visually impaired children. Topics such as Calendar Boxes, stages of development, ways to promote independent movement, etc.

Exploring Braille

When: Friday, April 30th, from 10AM to 12 noon

Have you considered learning Braille but are unsure if you are ready? Are you in the process of learning Braille but looking for additional ways to practice and refine your skills? Have you learned Braille in the past but want to discover new ways to incorporate it in your daily life? Then come join us on the last Friday of every month and be a part of our Braille learning community. All individuals are welcome to come and see what Braille is all about and learn new and fun ways to use your growing Braille skills.

 

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