APH Press Release
Kentucky Braille Challenge to be Hosted by American Printing House for the Blind and Kentucky School for the Blind
Louisville, KY (January 30, 2012) – 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 2012 Kentucky Braille Challenge on Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is the second time this event has been held in Kentucky. Forty-one students from across the state are expected to compete, an increase over the number of participants in last year’s inaugural event.
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 38 regional events scheduled for the U. S. and Canada this year, then the top students with the highest scores, overall, will be invited to compete in the Final Challenge which will be held in Los Angeles in June, 2012.
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. Students will then be immersed in the competition from 10:30 until around 2:15.
After the competition, students and parents will move next door to APH to relax with refreshments and entertainment and to draw inspiration from two of the area’s outstanding talents:
- Thomas Freese, a storyteller, author, and teacher who also brings musical talents to his storytelling.
- Darren Hatch, an award-winning hip-hop and tap dancer and motivational speaker. Darren is a graduate of the Kentucky School for the Blind.
The day will end with a closing and awards ceremony from 3:00-4:00. For more information about the Braille Challenge, go to the Braille Challenge website: www.braillechallenge.org
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.
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.
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.