Online: Braille Challenge Alumni Panel
July 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm| Free
So what’s next? Wondering how to get there from here? Join us for a Braille Challenge Alumni panel to hear from those who have been in your shoes and can give insider tips for success as you approach transitions and next steps in life. Topics will include higher education, employment, independence, and preparing for success. After an overview by each panelist, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. Sound great? Join us! We welcome all participants!
The webinar will be 90 minutes, beginning at 12.00pm PST/3.00pm EDT. Registration will close on July 21, and after this date, a staff member of Braille Institute will contact those who have registered with information on how to access the webinar.
Please call 1800-BRAILLE (272-4553) with any questions.
Workshop Presenter Bios:
Desmond Delgadillo competed in the Braille Challenge from 2004-2009, when he took top honors. In 2012 Desmond returned to the Braille Challenge finals to speak in front of the finalists and their parents. Since then, Desmond has made inroads in the entertainment industry as a standup comedian, radio personality, and music critic.
In 2016, Desmond earned his journalism BA from the University of La Verne.
Today, Desmond enjoys his independence to the fullest as a self-employed freelance copywriter.
Some of Des’s fondest memories of Braille Challenge include dreading graphs and charts every single time, getting to meet American Idol’s Scott McIntyre in 2009, and, of course, the long-lasting relationships cultivated with so many fellow finalists, parents, and staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to make Braille Challenge so special for so many people.
Caitlin Hernandez participated in the first-ever Los Angeles Braille Challenge in 1999 when she was nine years old. She competed sporadically until 2008, placing first at the Varsity level in 2006 and 2008.
Caitlin earned her BA in Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and her master’s degree in special education and teaching credential from San Francisco State University. A full-time special education teacher, she currently teaches sighted elementary schoolers with various reading, learning, and behavioral disabilities.
Caitlin is a two-time fellow of Lambda Literary’s writing retreat for emerging LGBTQQIA voices. Her young-adult fiction and nonfiction prose appear online and in several anthologies. A hardcore ice cream enthusiast, she loves reading, singing a cappella and karaoke, and going on adventures with friends. You’ll never find Caitlin without her BrailleNote, with its pin-festooned strap, and her rainbow-colored cane.
Caitlin’s favorite Braille Challenge memory is from nationals in the early 2000s. Contestants played in the hotel pool until after dark, while their parents ordered pizza. The game everyone liked best was seeing who could hold their breath longest, and who was best at guessing songs their friends hummed underwater.
Miso participated in the Braille Challenge from 2009-2013. One of her favorite Braille Challenge memories is competing with slate and stylus, including the speed and accuracy portion of the competition.
She currently works at the Human Services Research Institute, supporting the work of making disability and aging policies and services to be more person-centered.
Miso holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about making educational opportunities more accessible for students with disabilities.
Claire Stanley is the Advocacy and Outreach Specialist for the American Council of the Blind. She regularly visits congressional staff members to lobby for laws to benefit the blind and visually impaired community. Before her position at ACB, Claire was the Training Specialist at the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center where she educated populations on the intricacies of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Before that, she was a public interest fellow at Disability Rights D.C. She graduated from law school at the University of Irvine in 2015, and undergrad at the University of California Davis in 2011. Claire is an arts and crafts enthusiast, and sings at her church. She has a yellow lab guide dog named Tulane.