Arkansas Regional Braille Competition Held in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, AR - 25 visually impaired students took part in the Arkansas Regional Braille Competition in Little Rock.

They competed in challenges to test their reding comprehension, braille spelling, braille speed and accuracy.

The contest serves to encourage blind children of all ages to fine tune their braille skills which are essential to their academic and employment success.

"We've got all of our students here and we turn it into a braille day and we celebrate literacy. Not all of our kids are braille readers so we celebrate Louie braille," says Arkansas School for the Blind teacher Teresa Doan.

Studies show that only 30 percent of blind adults gain full-time employment, but 90 percent of those who beat the odds are braille readers.

The Arkansas Regional Braille Challenge is the first step on the road to the national competition, which will be held in June at Braille Institute's headquarters in Los Angeles.

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