Otoe student to compete in National Braille Challenge

June 09, 2014 • By the Lincoln Journal Star

Dannielle Schutz of Otoe has qualified for the 14th annual National Braille Challenge set for June 21 in Los Angeles.

The Braille Institute of America hosts the 60 blind and visually impaired students for the challenge to celebrate Braille literacy.

New technology has made Braille more accessible and useful, but studies show just 10 percent of people who are blind read it, the institute says.

And of 30 percent of blind adults who are employed full time, 90 percent read Braille, the institute said in a news release.

In all, 1,065 students from 41 states and four Canadian provinces participated in regional challenges and completed a series of tests to become finalists. Finalists represent the 12 top-ranking scores from each of five age groups from 6 to 19. More, braillechallenge.org.