Students put Braille abilities to the test during national competition

The Braille Institute of America in Los Angeles recently hosted 60 students from the U.S. and Canada for the National Braille Challenge. Competitions were held in reading comprehension, proofreading, speed and accuracy, plus chart and graph reading. "For these kids, it's like the National Spelling Bee," said Nancy Niebrugge, director of the Braille Challenge. "It's exciting for them to be the best in Braille among their peers."

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