Braille Readers Are Leaders

For the past 20 years, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) and the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille (NAPUB) have sponsored the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest. On Monday, June 30, during the national convention, there will be a celebration of this 20-year event.

The purpose of the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest is to encourage blind children to read more Braille. Good readers have confidence in themselves and in their abilities to learn and to adapt to new situations throughout their lifetimes. Braille is a viable alternative to print, yet too many blind children are graduating from our schools with low expectations for themselves as readers. This contest helps blind children realize that reading Braille is fun and rewarding.

The NFB of California has long been interested in the promotion of Braille. There were 28 participants from California in this year's Braille Readers are Leaders contest. The top reader in the state is Melanie Sorensen, a sixth-grader from Whittier, who read 5,544 pages. Congratulations to all participants.

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