Local Boy Heads To National Braille Competition

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, June 20, 2011

An 8-year-old Kansas boy is taking part in a national Braille competition.

Rich Yamamoto of Towanda will travel to Los Angeles next weekend for the National Braille Challenge. The competition that brings blind students from the United States and Canada together and tests their skills in reading speed, accuracy and comprehension, and spelling and proofreading.

He earned the trip by being very good at reading all types of Braille, a system of dots devised in 1825 by Louis Braille, a blind Frenchman.

Yamamoto won the regional Braille Challenge for his age group earlier this year.

If he wins at the nationals in his age group, he wins a $1,000 savings bond and a PAC Mate portable Windows device.

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