(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will host the Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Feb. 20 on the KSB campus at 1867 Frankfort Ave. in Louisville.

Thirty-nine students from across Kentucky in grades K-12 who read and/or write Braille will participate in a unique competition that includes Braille speed and accuracy, reading speed and comprehension, spelling, proofreading and interpreting tactile graphics/charts and graphs reading.

This event is a part of the Braille Institute’s Braille Challenge program. Regional competitions hosted by schools for the blind and agencies that serve blind and visually impaired children are taking place throughout the United States and Canada. It is the only national Braille literacy competition of its kind in the country and is specifically designed to challenge and reward students who are blind for their study of Braille, which is essential to their future academic and employment success.

The top scorers from all regional events will be invited to participate in the national Braille Challenge June 26-27 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

All competitive events will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at KSB, following an opening rally in the school’s Richie Auditorium at 10 a.m. After the competition, students and their parents will come together in the KSB dining hall for refreshments and entertainment at 3 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 3:15 p.m.

KSB has hosted a regional event annually since 2011.

For more information about the Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge, email Jane Thompson or call her at (502) 899-2370.

KSB is the statewide educational resource center on blindness, empowering students who are blind and visually impaired to command their future.

APH promotes independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products and services needed for education and life.