APH Press Release

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

Louisville, KY (March 13, 2015) – 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 2015 Kentucky Braille Challenge on Monday, March 16, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is the fifth time this event has been held in Kentucky. 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 one of 42 regional events scheduled for the U. S. and Canada this year, then the top twelve students with the highest scores in each age group will be invited to compete in the national finals which will be held in Los Angeles in June, 2015. For more information about the Braille Challenge, go to http://www.brailleinstitute.org/braille-challenge-homepage.html

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 an opening ceremony at KSB’s auditorium from 10 a.m. – 10:30. Escorting student competitors into the opening ceremonies and out of the auditorium to start the competitions will be mascots from several Louisville companies. Among those attending will be the Big Boy from Frisch’s and several of his buddies from the Louisville League of Mascots. Ninth District Metro Councilman Bill Hollander will be on hand to wish the students well.

Students will be immersed in the competition from 10:30 until around 2:15.

After the competition, students and parents will move next door to APH. From 2:15-3:00, they will enjoy art activities, refreshments, and performances. Younger students will enjoy making braille jewelry in the APH Museum in the afternoon, and at the end of the competition, all students will be entertained by local storyteller Thomas Freese http://www.thomaslfreese.com/

The day will end with a closing and awards ceremony from 3:00-4:00. All students will be awarded medals and $10 Target gift cards. The top three competitors in each of the five age groups will receive prizes ranging from $100 in cash for the first place winner and $50 and $25 WalMart gift cards for second and third place winners. Prizes will also be awarded for the student with the highest score in reading comprehension, and for the highest overall score.

For more information about the Kentucky Braille Challenge, contact Janie Blome 502-899-2367 or email jblome@aph.org. To contact someone about KSB students, call Kenny Jones,
502-897-1583, ext. 7109.

The Kentucky Braille Challenge is made possible by these Major Sponsors

Braille Institute of America, Los Angeles, California
American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, Kentucky
Kentucky School for the Blind, Louisville, Kentucky
Humanware, Champlain, New York

With Additional Assistance from

Bussman’s Bakery, Louisville, Kentucky
The Catering Company, Louisville, Kentucky
The Greene Law Firm, Louisville, Kentucky
Lester E. Yeager Charitable Trust, Owensboro, Kentucky
Louisville League of Mascots, Louisville, Kentucky
Lynn Florence, Lynn’s Café, Louisville, Kentucky
Mellow Mushroom, St. Matthews, Louisville, Kentucky
National Braille Press, Seedlings Braille Books for Child, Boston, Massachusetts
Pam and Perry Krause, Brownsboro Road McDonalds, Louisville, Kentucky

About the Kentucky School for the Blind

The Kentucky School for the Blind is the statewide educational resource center on blindness and
provides quality educational services to Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired, birth to age 21. For more information, visit http://www.ksb.k12.ky.us/

About the American Printing House for the Blind

The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501(c)(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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