Saturday, October 16, 2010

Braille Readers are Leaders Contest

This is another press release I thought some of you would find interesting, especially if your kids (or you) are learning braille.


National Federation of the Blind Launches 28th Annual Braille Readers are Leaders Contest



10/1/2010










FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CONTACT:


Chris Danielsen


Director of Public Relations


National Federation of the Blind


(410) 659-9314, extension 2330


(410) 262-1281 (Cell)


cdanielsen@nfb.org






National Federation of the Blind Launches 28th Annual Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest


Baltimore, Maryland (October 1, 2010): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), in conjunction with the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille (NAPUB) and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, today launched the 28th annual Braille Readers Are Leaders contest for students grades K-12. The contest, which seeks to help develop and encourage blind children’s Braille skills, awards cash prizes to blind students based on the number of Braille pages they read.

 
As in previous years, contest participants will read as many Braille pages as they can in two months (November 1, 2010, through January 4, 2011) to compete for ribbons, cash prizes, and a trip to the 2011 NFB National Convention in Orlando, Florida. In addition to the contest for K-12 students, the NFB is again offering the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest for adult Braille readers. Adults will compete for cash prizes, national recognition, and bragging rights!

 
“As blind people, we know from personal and empirical evidence that Braille literacy is a key component of success for the blind,” said Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind and a lifelong Braille reader. “Studies have shown that among blind people who are employed, approximately 85 percent read Braille. Encouraging blind children to begin learning and reading Braille as early as possible is one of the best things parents and teachers can do to insure the child’s future success. That is why the National Federation of the Blind has created and continues to sponsor these important Braille literacy programs.”



Registration for the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest begins October 1, 2010. For detailed information about the contest please visit www.nfb.org/bral, e-mail BrailleReadersAreLeaders@nfb.org, or call (410) 659-9314, extension 2293.






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About the National Federation of the Blind






With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind. In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind








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