By: Seth Johnson

We at the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation would like to congratulate the winners at this year’s Indiana Regional Braille Challenge and Cane Quest!

Made possible with support from the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation (IBCF), the annual competition developed by the Braille Institute returned to its regular in-person format this year at Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI), after two years of going virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The in-person return of the Indiana Regional Braille Challenge demonstrated the need for children and families impacted by vision impairments to gather once again for this daylong. fun-filled program that motivates youth with vision impairments to engage in braille studies,” says IBCF executive director Laura Alvarado. “While this program motivates youth and their families to support their children's braille studies all year long, the Braille Challenge brings children and families together to learn, laugh, and connect in deep, meaningful ways that transcend the competition. Friendships and bonds are formed between fellow students and families, creating a tight-knit community who can rely on one another for support and guidance now and for years to come.”

Below are the results from this year’s Indiana Regional Braille Challenge. (Note: Students’ last names are excluded to honor their privacy.)

Braille Challenge Results

Several high-school aged students sit at desks as they type on braillewriters. All the students are wearing light blue t-shirts and appear to be deeply concentrating.Apprentice (Grades 1-2)

  • 1st Place: Lucille

Freshman (Grades 3-4)

  • 1st Place: Willow
  • 2nd Place: Georgia

Sophomore (Grades 5-6)

  • 1st Place: Emma
  • 2nd Place: Michelle
  • 3rd Place: Kallin

Junior Varsity (Grades 7-9)

  • 1st Place: May
  • 2nd Place: Jazmine
  • 3rd Place: Matthias

Varsity (Grades 10-12)

  • 1st Place: Mattix
  • 2nd Place: Kylah
  • 3rd Place: Leah

Cane Quest Results

Trailblazers (Middle School and High School)

  • 1st Place (Tie): Jazmine and Emily
  • 2nd Place: Dylan

Scouts (Elementary School)

  • 1st Place: Matthias
  • 2nd Place (Tie): Michelle and May

Congratulations to all our participants for a job well done!




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