braille challenge logo with a suitcase and a small bus traveling along it with text that says "Braille Journey"Save the Date for the Ohio Regional Braille Challenge on February 23, 2023

Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired is proud to host the Ohio Regional Braille Challenge on February 23, 2023. Clovernook Center is known for having one of the best qualifying Braille Challenge events in the country. Only the top 50 braille students across the U.S. and Canada qualify to participate in the National Braille Challenge.

Ohio students in first grade through high school will compete in five skill contests demonstrating braille reading and comprehension, speed and accuracy, spelling, proofreading and tactile graphics. This academic competition is motivational to students who have the opportunity to sharpen their braille literacy skills and build new friendships with students across the state.

“It is a great opportunity for children from across the state to come together, develop long-lasting friendships and participate in a friendly competition,” said Clovernook Center President/CEO Chris Faust.

Clovernook Center plays a part in advancing the educational needs of children with blindness or low vision by sponsoring the Ohio Regional Challenge each year. The all-day event will take place at Clovernook Center in North College Hill.

For more information and questions, contact Kathy DeLaura at kathy@pinchange.com. To register for the event, the completed forms may be mailed to Clovernook (as indicated on the form) or emailed to Kathy at the email above.

Download the registration form here

Special Opportunities for Braille Explorers!

The National Braille Challenge encourages children in first grade through high school to embrace and excel in their braille reading and writing skills. Clovernook recognizes that there are children who are new to their braille skills or may not be competition ready, but who could still benefit from participating in the Challenge activities. To include this group of children, the Braille Challenge will offer a Braille Explorers category.

The Explorers will have a specialized curriculum that will mimic the reading and writing portions of the Braille Challenge and include instruction and review of the braille alphabet and common contractions.

Participants will be able to experience the challenging atmosphere without the stress of needing to compete. Braille Explorers will motivate students to become competition ready for future challenges while working on the braille skills they currently possess. Braille Explorers is a great way to encourage and reward a new or struggling braille student.

In addition to the competition sessions, the Explorers will participate in extracurricular and physical activities. For more information concerning Clovernook’s Braille Challenge or the Braille Explorers, please contact Kathy DeLaura at kathy@pinchange.com

Join us in congratulating David “Mac” Pardini who won first place in the Freshman Division and MaKenzie Love who won first place in the Junior Varsity Division at last year’s Ohio Regional Braille Challenge! 

Image of MaKenzie Love holding her award and wearing a metal around her neck while smiling

Image of David "Mac" Pardini wearing his metal and smiling for the camera

 

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Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired hosted its first-ever BOLDLY BVI™ on April 10, 2021. This event is at the heart of Clovernook Center’s mission – to enrich the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired by developing the skills necessary to lead active, productive and independent lives. This program is geared towards BVI students and people who care for them.