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

Louisville, KY (February 27, 2014) – 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 2014 Kentucky Braille Challenge on Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is the fourth 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 students with the highest scores, overall, will be invited to compete in the Final Challenge which will be held in Los Angeles in June, 2014. For more information about the Braille Challenge, go to

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.

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. From 2:15-3:00, they will enjoy art activities, refreshments, and a performance by dancers from McClanahan School of Irish Dance.

The day will end with a closing and awards ceremony from 3:00-4:00. Judge David L. Holton II, Jefferson District Court, and member of APH’s Board of Directors will give a talk and announce the winners of the competition.

For more information about the Kentucky Braille Challenge, contact Janie Blome 502-899-2367 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required. To contact someone about KSB students, call John C. Roberts 502-897-1583, ext. 0202

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. For more information, visit

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

The Kentucky Braille Challenge is made possible by support from

Major Sponsors

Braille Institute of America
American Printing House for the Blind
Kentucky School for the Blind

With additional assistance from

Mellow Mushroom, St. Matthews
Pam and Perry Krause, Brownsboro Road McDonalds
National Braille Press
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
APH Snacks
Bussmann’s Bakery
Kentucky AER
McClanahan School of Irish Dance