The New York Institute For Special Education

Skip to main content
Mobile Menu
· Serving Students with Special Needs since 1831 ·

Photo Album

The Regional Braille Challenge was this past Saturday at WT Clarke High School in Westbury. This year we had a large number of participants as 14 students took the early Saturday morning trip to Westbury, Long Island for the all-day competition. The Braille Challenge is the only academic competition of its kind in North America for students who are blind or visually impaired. Braille Institute developed the Braille Challenge to motivate students to practice and hone their braille literacy skills, which are essential to academic and employment success. After a quick breakfast, they participated in several rounds of testing and evaluations until late into the afternoon. During the lunch break, the students were entertained by a brass quintet and participated in a Beepball game demo with the Long Island Bombers. Our students had a good time at the event. Xavier Verdejo won 2nd place for his level and received a Victor Stream. Alina Tirado Davila placed 3rd and got a gift certificate from Seedlings. Our students have participated in the Braille Challenge event for many years and we’ve even had a National Grand Champion. Photographers: Alexis Banschbach, Amy Franciosa and Jessica Hurley