NBC4 Southern California is proud to support the 2012 National Braille Challenge® by sponsoring the NBC4 Braille Superstar Award for Excellence in Reading Comprehension. Reporter Patrick Healy will be presenting this award at the 12th Annual National Braille Challenge®.
The Braille Challenge®, sponsored by Braille Institute of America, is the only national academic competition for blind students in the country. The competition serves to encourage blind children of all ages to fine-tune their braille literacy skills, which are essential to their success in the sighted world.
This year’s competition will feature a diverse group of high achievers from across the country, ranging in age from 6 to 19. They will compete in challenging categories requiring them to transcribe, type and read braille at a furious pace using a device called a Perkins Brailler. Each category is designed to test participants’ braille skills in several areas—reading comprehension, braille spelling, chart and graph reading, proofreading and braille speed and accuracy—all of which blind students need to master in order to keep up with their sighted peers.
The first- through third-place winners in each age group will receive awards ranging in value from $500 for the youngest group to $5,000 for the oldest. In addition to these prizes, Freedom Scientific Corporation has donated the latest adaptive equipment for the winners—the Focus 40 Blue—an adaptive computer device with a refreshable braille display.
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