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Local Connecticut student heading off to the 18th Annual Braille Challenge

(WTNH)- One local Connecticut student is making her way to the 18th Annual Braille Challenge, hosted by Braille Institute.

"The Braille Challenge inspires visually impaired or blind students to hone their braille literacy skills, enhance their education and pursue career dreams."

It is the only international reading and writing contest in braille that is taking place at the University of Southern California on Saturday June 16th. The competition is for kids six to nineteen.

Fourteen year old Paige Drury of Glastonbury CT, was named one of the 50 finalists. She will be a sophomore at Glastonbury High school. Drury has been blind since birth due to Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) which is an inherited retinal disorder. She has participated in the regional Braille Challenge for the past eight years and has been a national finalist for the past six years, including 2018.

She will compete against the 49 other finalists in five categories including reading comprehension, spelling, charts and graphs reading, proofreading and speed and accuracy.

Paige and her mother stopped by Good Morning Connecticut to talk about the braille challenge and what she is looking forward to most.


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