Nation’s Top Blind Students to Compete in Unique Academic Competition
WHAT: The 13th Annual National Braille Challenge® is coming! The top blind and visually impaired students from across the U.S. and Canada will put their knowledge of the braille code to the ultimate test during this unique competition, sponsored by Braille Institute of America. The National Braille Challenge is the only national academic competition for blind students in the country. Similar to the National Spelling Bee, this competition gives blind students the opportunity to showcase a unique skill, as well as to fine-tune their braille transcription, typing and reading skills, which are essential to their success in the sighted world. The participants will test their skills in five challenging categories, including Speed and Accuracy, a category in which participants must transcribe a story into braille at a furious pace, using an adaptive device called a Perkins Brailler. The purpose of this event is to promote braille literacy and proficiency, as well as to raise awareness of the importance of literacy for all children—sighted or blind.
The National Braille Challenge finalists were chosen from among more than 1000 blind and visually impaired students—representing 39 states and two Canadian provinces—during the preliminary round at Regional Braille Challenge events across the U.S. and Canada. They are a diverse group of high achievers—athletes, musicians and technology whiz kids. Most of them were born blind, but others lost their sight due to cancer or viral infections. They will be competing for up to $2500 in cash prizes, trophies and the latest adaptive equipment—including a Focus Blue 40 refreshable Braille display provided by Freedom Scientific, as well as an iPad sponsored by Palmer Langdon, to help connect them to the digital world.
Braille Challenge Competition
WHEN: Saturday, June 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremony- 9:30 a.m. USC Marching Band and Parade of Contestants
Competition Begins-10 a.m.
WHERE: Braille Institute’s Los Angeles Center, 741 North Vermont Avenue, in Los Angeles, on the corner of Vermont and Melrose.