APH Press Release

First Kentucky Braille Challenge to be Hosted by American Printing House for the Blind and Kentucky School for the Blind

Louisville, KY (January 15, 2011) – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, is partnering with the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB), 1867 Frankfort Avenue, to host the 2011 Kentucky Braille Challenge on Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is the first time this event has been held in Kentucky. Thirty-three students from across the state are expected to compete.

The Braille Challenge was created by the Braille Institute of America, located in Los Angeles, California, to encourage and enrich the reading and writing of braille (skills that are necessary for future academic and employment success). There is no charge to enter the competition which is open to students in grades 1-12. In the first stage, students compete in a regional event, then the top students, nationwide, with the highest scores overall will be invited to compete in the Final Challenge which will be held in Los Angeles in June, 2011.

The competition includes measuring overall braille literacy skills such as: braille reading and writing speed and accuracy, comprehension, spelling, proofreading, and interpreting tactile (raised line) graphics and charts.

The day will start with a pep rally and opening ceremony at KSB’s auditorium from 10 a.m. – 10:30. Students will then be immersed in the competition from 10:30 until around 2:30.

After the competition, students and parents will move next door to APH to relax and enjoy a presentation by storyteller Thomas L. Freese at 2:45. The day will end with a closing and awards ceremony from 3:45-4:30. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will address the group and Patrick Henry Hughes will provide inspiration and entertainment.

Last year over 800 students from across the country participated in The Braille Challenge. For practice exercises and the history of the Braille Challenge go to brailleinstitute.org.

About the American Printing House for the Blind:

The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501©(3) non-profit organization, is the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level.

APH manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and digital formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products.

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 895-2405 or log on to www.aph.org.

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