NE Braille Challenge

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North Granby student participated in NE Braille Challenge

Elizabeth Cappelli, daughter of Arthur and Anne Capelli of North Granby, participated in the 14th Annual NE Regional Braille Challenge reading, writing and spelling contest recently held at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Mass.

Elizabeth, 12, a 6th grade student, was one of 27 students from across the northeast who participated in The Braille Challenge at the Carroll Center, an education and rehabilitation facility that provides blind and visually-impaired people of all ages with the skills they need to live, learn and work independently. More than 45 volunteers, including family members and former students, and Carroll Center teachers, proctored and scored the tests. Awards were presented to the top scorers in each age group at the end of the daylong event.

The Braille Challenge, which is celebrating its 14th anniversary, was developed by the Braille Institute of America in Los Angeles in 2001. The challenge is a national event, with 43 regionals and more than 1600 students participating throughout the United States and Canada. The Carroll Center for the Blind was the first organization in the United States to partner with the Braille Institute to create a regional challenge. According to Dr. Karen Ross, director of education services the annual event “is a wonderful way to motivate blind and visually-impaired students to take pride in their literacy skills.”

For more information about the Carroll Center contact Dr. Karen Ross at


North Granby student participated in NE Braille Challenge Elizabeth Cappelli