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Refining restaurants one menu at a time: Monrovia teenager creates company to provide Braille menus

By Kayiu Wong, Pasadena Star News Mason Fessenden’s favorite hometown restaurant is Rudy’s Mexican Food in Monrovia — the 17 year-old has been dining there his whole life and considers the family-run business a second home. “The people are like family and the food is delicious,” Fessenden said. “There’s no better thing than that!” But, for the nearly two decades he has eaten there, he

By |August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Los Angeles Stories|

Hendricks County teen wins national braille competition; hopes to create accessible apps

By Megan Henry, www.indystar.com Mitchell Bridwell is two-time varsity champion in the Braille Challenge. Now he hopes to make smartphone apps more accessible for the blind community. Jenna Watson, jenna.watson@indystar.com Mitchell Bridwell loves Nintendo video games, the Harry Potter book series and The Incredibles 2 movie. But in one special way, he is not your typical teenager. Mitchell is a two-time national

By |July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Braille Challenge Newsroom|

No Existen Barreras Para Disfrutar Del Mundial

Entre gritos y carcajadas, un grupo de amigos disfrutan del fútbol aunque no lo puedan ver. “No lo podemos mirar, pero lo escuchamos y nos emocionamos también como cualquier persona normal”, dijo, Agustín Talabera, quien es invidente y fanático del futbol. Hace 4 años Agustín comenzó a perder la visión por una enfermedad genética, el cual lo forzó a aprender cosas

By |June 26th, 2018|Categories: San Diego Stories|

It’s Much More Than a Contest…. My Observations from Attending the National Braille Challenge

By Penny Rosenblum, www.pathstoliteracy.org As I stood chatting with Layla Hildenbrand, an 8-year-old Apprentice contestant from North Carolina wearing a beautiful pink dress, I heard two Freshman competitors harmonizing, a family talking about how impressive the University of Southern California was, and a father and son talking about getting to do a “guy trip”. We were all waiting for the shuttle bus to take

By |June 26th, 2018|Categories: Braille Challenge Newsroom|

Meet John Phillips, a Vision-Impaired Professional Chef Who Shares His Skills at the Braille Institute

By Anita Rufus, CV Independent I don’t cook. It’s not that I can’t; I just don’t enjoy it. Still … I can’t imagine what it would be like to learn to cook if I couldn’t see. At the Braille Institute in Rancho Mirage, Chef John Phillips teaches people with limited vision how to develop what he calls “the basic skills a food handler would

By |June 19th, 2018|Categories: Rancho Mirage Stories|

Braille Institute Names Jeri Hile 2018 Teacher of the Year

Leader in the Field for Blind and Visually Impaired Inspires Her Students to Pursue Higher Education and Be Independent While Promoting Braille Literacy Braille Institute has named Jeri Hile its 2018 “Teacher of the Year” for excellence in Braille Instruction. Jeri, a Teacher of the Visually Impaired for the Shawnee Mission Public Schools, one of the major school districts in the Kansas City metropolitan area,

By |May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Braille Challenge Newsroom|

Blind 8 year old Ocala boy heading to California for National Braille Challenge

From www.wcjb.com A blind 8-year-old boy is traveling all the way from Ocala to Los Angeles. He's headed to compete in the National Braille Challenge with 50 other kids from across the country. Ayden Morgan’s, 8, love for books is taking him on an adventure. "I have a fun filled summer,” Ayden Morgan said. He’ll be traveling from Ocala all the way to Los Angeles

By |May 17th, 2018|Categories: Braille Challenge Newsroom|

Helping Others With Vision Loss Use Technology

By Lisa Deaderick, The San Diego Tribune Daniel Ortiz Merino has a lot of good memories from his participation in programs with the Braille Institute, so when he learned about their Techspert program, he saw an opportunity to return to a place that had been so positive for him. “From the age of 7 and until I graduated high school, I participated in Braille Institute’s

By |May 15th, 2018|Categories: San Diego Stories|

Immersed In Johnny Mercer’s Music

Braille Institute students and staff performed songs by Johnny Mercer at the Los Angeles City College (LACC) Herb Alpert Music Center on April 17. The performance comes just a month after Braille Institute held their annual Johnny Mercer Music Festival in March at the Los Angeles Center. “It was a kick to be in a different setting, with a different set of ears, and

By |May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Los Angeles Stories|

CSUF Student And Award-Winning Artist Josephine Hernandez Overcomes Visual Impairment

By Lauren Diaz, Daily Titan Josephine “Joey” Hernandez was a sophomore in high school with a passion for drawing when her vision started deteriorating to the point of almost complete blindness, forcing her to walk with a cane. Despite this abrupt change, life for Hernandez is the same as usual, with just a few minor adjustments. Hernandez, a 19-year-old second-year communications major, is severely

By |March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Anaheim Stories|
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