Braille Challenge and Cane Quest 2020

The Indiana Braille Challenge

The Indiana Regional Braille Challenge 2020, A Brilliant Day of Braille: Harry Potter, was held at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Saturday, February 29, 2020. It was an exciting day of competition and family activities geared toward our theme as well as an amazing family banquet that evening. View photos from the  2020 Regional Braille Challenge .

The Braille Challenge, an event of the Braille Institute of America, is the only national reading and writing contest in braille for students who are blind and visually impaired. Contests include reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling and reading tactile charts and graphs. 60 national contestants, representing the 12 top-ranking scores from each of the 5 age groups (grades 1-12), are invited to the finals in Los Angeles, California based on regional preliminaries. More than 1100 school-age students across the country participate in the preliminary contests.

Winners of the 2020 Indiana Regional Braille Challenge were:

1st – Emma Stamper
2nd – Krishna Malhotra
3rd – Michelle Allen

1st – Kallin Cook

1st – May Resendiz
2nd – Trenton Wheatley
3rd – Matthias Vescelus

Junior Varsity
1st – Qiao “Chow” Angermeier
2nd – Mattix Garrett
3rd – Eleanor Habecker

1st – Alissia Jones
2nd – Oliver Hutchings

Winners from our regional Indiana challenge will compete for a chance to attend the National Braille Challenge this summer at the Braille Institute of America in Los Angeles, CA. To learn more about the Braille Institute Braille Challenge, visit:

Congratulations to our 2020 Indiana Regional Braille Challenge winners and participants!

The Indiana Cane Quest

The annual Indiana Cane Quest, a fun, annual orientation and mobility contest through the Braille Institute of America, was held at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Sunday, March 1,  2020, following the state regional Braille Challenge. Cane Quest is open to eligible blind and visually impaired youth in grades 3-12 and is a great way for O&M Specialists and parents to motivate students to sharpen their skills. Grade categories include: Scouts (grades 3-6); Explorers (grades 7-8); and Trailblazers (grades 9-12). View pictures from the 2020 Regional Cane Quest .

2020 Cane Quest Winners were:

1st: Trenton Wheatley
2nd: Matthias Vescelus
3rd: Michelle Allen & May Resendiz

1st: Oliver Hutchings
2nd: Emily Nelson
3rd: Chow Angermier

Congratulations to our 2020 Indiana Regional Cane Quest winners and participants!

For more information on the Braille Institute’s Cane Quest, visit

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