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BCIU Hosts Regional Braille Challenge

Braille Challenge Winners
Competitors pose with volunteers as they receive their certificates of participation in the Regional Braille Challenge.

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, the Berks County Intermediate Unit Main Office was the site of the Regional Braille Challenge, an event that brought together 30 students from across the state to test their skills and raise awareness for Braille literacy. Students from the following Berks County school districts took part in the Challenge: Boyertown Area, Hamburg Area, Muhlenberg, Reading, Twin Valley, Wilson, and Wyomissing Area.

A Braille Challenge participant playing an instrument
Competitors at the Regional Braille Challenge were given the opportunity to play a variety of musical instruments throughout the day.

Contestants were divided into the five age groups, competing against their peers in five categories: Braille Speed and Accuracy, Braille Spelling, Chart and Graph Reading, Proofreading, and Reading Comprehension.

A Braille Challenge participant with her teacher
Volunteers, many of them Teachers of the Visually Impaired from across Berks County, helped put smiles on the faces of the participants in the Regional Braille Challenge.

The Braille Challenge is a national academic program of the Braille Institute. The highest 10 scorers in each of the five categories across all regional competitions are invited to participate in the National Braille Challenge to be held June 26 and 27 at the University of Southern California. National qualifiers will be announced through the Braille Institute at the end of March.

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