Braille students up for the Challenge

Trainers & Therapists

Trainers & Therapists

Young Braille readers from across South Australia will come together for fun and competition at the inaugural See Differently Braille Challenge this May.

The Braille Challenge is an international celebration of Braille literacy that provides a fun, engaging way for young students who are blind or visually impaired to showcase their skills.

Run in partnership with the South Australian School and Services for Vision Impaired (SASSVI), the See Differently Braille Challenge will give participants aged 6 to 16 the opportunity to test their speed and accuracy in reading Braille words and sentences through activities that cater to a range of ages and abilities.

The event was attended by Minister for Education Blair Boyer and MP Member of Torrens Dana Wortley. 

Michael Zannis, Assistive Technology Specialist at See Differently, who is also vision impaired, said the competition promotes Braille proficiency while celebrating the achievements of young Braille readers.

“Braille literacy is not just about reading; it’s about acquiring fundamental skills that impact every aspect of life,” Michael said.

“Through learning Braille, students learn about spelling, understanding word structures, and grasping punctuation, all of which are essential for academic and career success. Whether it is in your career or just reading for pleasure, learning Braille is a skill for life.

“This is the first time the Braille Challenge has been held in Australia, and we can’t wait to see the students give it their best.”

While competition is at its core, it is also a day for young people and their families to come together as a community. Morning tea and lunch will be provided, and competitors will be given the opportunity to try blind and low vision sports, try out the latest assistive technologies, and meet some of the newest See Different Guide Dogs.

“For families with a child with a vision impairment, it can feel isolating. Creating a place where they can come together, have some fun, learn something new, discover new resources, and feel part of a community is really important,” Michael said.