Cobb County Student Wins First Place In Braille Challenge

JULY 7, 2015 | By SEAN GARVEY | WABE 90.1 FM

Six-time National Braille Challenge finalist Christopher Abel of Acworth, Georgia, won first place in his division at the Los Angeles competition in June.

The Braille Challenge is an annual, two-stage academic competition motivating blind students to emphasize their study of Braille, a reading and writing method that breaks language into a code of raised dots.

Twelve-year-old Christopher, a visually impaired student from Palmer Middle School in Kennesaw, was judged in four categories: spelling and reading tactile charts; reading comprehension; braille speed and accuracy; and proofreading. Christopher discussed on “A Closer Look” what he does to prepare for the competition.

“Well, my mother and I would practice at home. I even did some practice the night before I went out to Los Angeles,” Christopher said to hosts Jim Burress and Rose Scott of “A Closer Look.”

Christopher and his mother, Patty Abel, talked more about his win at the National Braille Challenge on “A Closer Look.”

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