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Braille Challenge

The NYI participants

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.

A student listing to a test question on a Victor Stream and Brailling his answer.

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.

A student being tested
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.

Several students ready for testing
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.

Students getting awards as their teacher and partents enjoy the moment.

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