Louisiana students compete in Braille Challenge

Local students compete in Braille competition

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There was a compelling competition at the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired Wednesday. The students took part in something people won't find anywhere else.

Gianni Toce lost his sight when he just 8-years-old after a firework blew up in his face, changing his life forever. Now he competes in the Louisiana Braille Challenge.

"Personally, I don't think it is as hard for me as other people," he said. "I started when I was younger, but I was eight and I know some people who started at like three or four."

The Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired hosted students from across the state to test their Braille skills in the academic competition. The school bills the challenge as a true test of skills for the blind and visually impaired "unlike any other."

Gianni described the process with ease.

"I have the book player, which I'm speeding up or slowing down, pausing, playing the volume, rewinding and I have the brailler and every time you get to the end of the paper, you don't just pull another one and start writing, you have to unload the brailler and put a piece of paper on and roll it all the way on and re-title your page," he said.

The challenge consists of five categories including spelling, reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading and reading tactile charts and graphs. Students are required to transcribe, type, and read braille..

Winners advance to the national competition in Los Angeles.

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