Wednesday, June 26, 2013

braille challenge article!!

Remember I told you guys about the braille challenge? Well,  I thought you might like to read the article in the LA times about the competition and watch the videos. You can link to the article HERE.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The National Braille Challenge

I would like to congratulate the winners of the 2013 regional braille challenge competition. Today they are being flown from all across our nation to Los Angeles to compete in the National Braille Challenge.
This is a list of the finalists from this year.

APPRENTICE

  • Hailey Baskeyfield - OK, Oklahoma Center for the Education of Children
  • Audrey Bethay - KS, Kansas State School for the Blind
  • Sujan Dhakal - MD, Maryland School for the Blind
  • Marin Gundlach - WI, Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Alexander Holstein - WV, West Virginia Regional Braille Challenge
  • Jennifer Kasunick - OH
  • Anthony Moncman - PA
  • Ava  Pacheco - PA
  • Ian Receveur - IN, Indiana School for the Blind
  • Julia Stockburger - MD, Maryland School for the Blind
  • Richard Tienter - MO, Missouri School for the Blind
  • Katelynn Zampella - OK, Oklahoma School for the Blind
  • Madison Wardell - FL
  • Diya Chakraborty - AR, Arkansas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

FRESHMAN

  • Christopher Abel - GA, Georgia Academy for the Blind & The Atlanta Braille Volunteers
  • Samantha Bomberger - NE, Nebraska Center for the Education of Children
  • Kaleigh Brendle - NY, East Meadow School District
  • Paige Drury - CT, The Carroll Center for the Blind
  • Geneva Harris - GA, Georgia Academy for the Blind & The Atlanta Braille Volunteers
  • Kendra Holloway - GA, Georgia Academy for the Blind & The Atlanta Braille Volunteers
  • Yael Korc - TX, Texas Education Service Center, Region 13
  • Julia LaGrand - MI
  • Ton Pham - FL, Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired
  • Jacob Reynolds - FL, FIMC-VI Lions Eye Institute
  • Deyannira Villa Cazares - CO, Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
  • Ella Yu - BC, CanadaThe Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired

SOPHOMORE

  • Jalen Ballard - IN, Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Mitchell Bridwell - IN, Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Kelly Cusack - NY, East Meadows School District
  • Nikhil Dadlani - No. CA, California School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Marisa D'Amore - FL, FIMC-VI Lions Eye Institute
  • Christine Lacsina - So. CA, Braille Institute, Orange County 
  • Annette Lamas - FL, Edgewood Administration Center
  • Griffin Miller - MI
  • Julia Miller - IN, Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Ahbee Orton - AL, Tennessee School for the blind
  • Mason Tilley - KY, American Printing House for the Blind
  • Marie Villaneda - IN, Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired.
  • Richelle Zampella - OK, Oklahoma School for the Blind

JR. VARSITY

  • Keisha Anderson - BC, Canada
  • Chloe Ashford - LA, Louisiana School for the Blind
  • Cricket Bidleman - So. CA, Braille Institute, Orange County 
  • Harley Fetterman - TX, Texas Education Service Center, Region 13
  • Luther Fuller - KS, Kansas State School for the Blind
  • Kaitlyn Hall - IL, Missouri School for the Blind
  • Ricardo Herrera - So. CA, Braille Institute, Orange County 
  • Merlyn Hileman - TX, Texas Education Service Center, Region 13
  • Natalia Ratcliffe - So. CA, Braille Institute, Orange County 
  • Lauren Thomson - IA, Iowa Braille School and the Iowa Library for the Blind
  • Alyssa Townsend - WI, Wisconsin Center for the Blind
  • Michelle Yongue - FL, FIMC-VI Lions Eye Institute

VARSITY

  • Janie Brunson - No. CA, California School for the Blind
  • Aidee Campa - So. CA, Braille Institute, Orange County 
  • Annabelle Costanzo - IA, Iowa Braille School and the Iowa Library for the Blind
  • Juna Gjata - MA, The Carroll Center for the Blind
  • Alyssa Henson - MO, Missouri School for the Blind
  • Rhianna Martin - BC, Canada
  • Marisa Parker - MA, The Carroll Center for the Blind
  • Michael Rouillard - CT, The Carroll Center for the Blind
  • Alexa Schwichow - IL
  • Harrison Tu - So. CA, Braille Institute, Orange County 
  • Andrew Zhang - NY, East Meadow School District
  • Tiffany Zhao - So. CA, Braille Institute, Orange County 
  • Edgar Lozano - TX, Texas Education Service Region 13 
Since my children are attending a blind school I am going to work really hard to get Lena reading braille so that she can compete in the next braille challenge. My prayers go out to Luther and Audrey who are from our school. Praying that you guys do well this year in competition!!

If you would like to read more about the braille challege please feel free to click HERE.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Braille Bibles International

WE live very near to a christian organization that helps supply anyone who wants one a braille bible......you can find all about it HERE.  A dear friend of mine who is going to get Aiden and Nash ordered a braille bible for them ....its a beginners bible. But it is in Braille 2 so a mama can read to her littles or so littles that are just learning to read braille 2 can read to a sibling.  So we contacted them and were able to get 2 sets (10 volumes) one set will go to a friend and one set we will keep for ourselves. This version has pictures and braille so we are super excited.  Are you blind or do you read to a blind preschooler or do you have a beginner reader? Check them out and request one for yourself.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Wonderbaby.org

Have you ever been to this website? If you are a parent of a visually impaired child or one with Autism this site is for you. If you have kids that like fun toys this site is for you. They have all kinds of articles and they are having a contest right now to get to be a family that tries out the New perkins Smart Brailler which I am so wanting to get my hands on..Go check it out here.
It has all sorts of neat features like being able to read what the child has written and hearing the word too. Great for proofreading.  And good for the parent that doesn't read braille like my husband for instance. it also has a usb port to hook to a printer or flash drive to print. Im sure there are lots of other features that are cool too!