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The top blind and visually impaired students from across the United States and Canada met in Los Angeles to test their braille skills in an academic competition unlike any other.
The students, who were chosen from among more than 300 students across the country during a round of preliminary testing, took part in The 6th Annual National Braille Challenge(tm) -- the only national academic competition for blind students in the United States. This unique competition, sponsored by Braille Institute of America Inc., serves to encourage blind children of all ages to fine-tune their braille skills, which are essential to their success in the sighted world. This year's competition featured a diverse group of high achievers from as far away as Canada.
The National Braille Challenge was held at Braille Institute's Los Angeles Center, and the participants, ages 6 to 19, competed in five challenging categories which required them to transcribe, type and read braille using a device called a Perkins Brailler. Each category was designed to test their braille skills in several areas-reading comprehension, braille spelling, chart and graph reading, proofreading and braille speed and accuracy.