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Braille competition tests children with vision disabilities skills

Braille Writer

Fifty children who are blind or have low vision selected to participate in competition that tests and promotes braille literacy. 

Braille Institute has announced the 50 finalists for the 2020 Braille Challenge Finals competition. Finalists are placed into five categories (Apprentice, Freshman, Sophomore, Junior Varsity and Varsity) based on their age. Those who finish with the 10-best scores in each category from Regional competitions that took place all around North America earlier in 2020 qualify for Finals.

Finals are traditionally held in Los Angeles on the campus of the University of Southern California. However, this year’s Finals testing and surrounding events will be conducted remotely, with Finalists testing in their hometowns and the closing Award Ceremony held via live stream.

Despite social distancing, Braille Institute has found a way to carry on with Braille Challenge Finals by bringing the competition to the students. “This year, rather than having students and families come to us, we’re taking Braille Challenge Finals directly to them,” said Sergio Oliva, Associate Vice President, National and Youth Programs for Braille Institute. “The digital experience we created captures the essence of the two-day event and celebration and effectively champions braille literacy.”

For more information, visit www.brailleinstitute.org/braille-challenge

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