On Saturday, February 1, 2020, fourteen students, from NYISE, participated in the 2020 Regional Braille Challenge on Long Island.
The Braille Challenge, developed by the Braille Institute, motivates students to practice their braille literacy skills which are essential to academic and employment success. The students were tested on various skills such as reading comprehension, spelling, speed and accuracy, proofreading, and charts and graphs.
Students from around the U.S., with the highest scores, are invited to Los Angeles, in June, for the final round – two days of competition. Last June, 5th-grade student, Alina Davila-Tirado had the privilege of attending that event due to her excellent performance at last year's Regional competition.
A day of camaraderie and fun was had by all!
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. Any blind or visually impaired student in grades 1 – 12 who can read and write braille is eligible to participate in the Braille Challenge.