Aside from winning, Bridwell said the best part of the Braille Challenge is being with the friends he’s made over the years at the Braille Challenge who are scattered across the United States and Canada.
“It’s very fun to hang out with people you haven’t talked to in a while,” Bridwell said.
Next year will be the last time Bridwell will be eligible to compete in the Braille Challenge and he admits he is a little worried about winning.
“I’m a little on edge because you never know,” Bridwell said. “I just have to work hard for it.”
The champion is hoping to get involved in the Braille Challenge Alumni Network after he is done competing.
“He is going to be one of the future blind leaders in the country,” Oliva said.
Bridwell plans to major in computer science at either Valparaiso University or Purdue University and go into app development because a lot of applications are not accessible to blind individuals.
“I personally would like to change that because instead of making separate applications for blind people, I want to be able to use the same application that sighted people can, so creating ways that those applications can be used by the blind community is one of my goals,” he said.
He also hopes to make video games universally accessible.
“I don’t want to be restricted by the fact that I’m blind,” he said. “I believe that everyone should have the same opportunities that everyone has.”
“Personally, I’d want to do the same thing sighted people are doing rather than do completely different things or tasks,” Bridwell said. “I want to bridge gaps because braille kind of does that for me and I feel like braille is amazing but it can only do so much in the grand scheme of technology.”