Tucsonans win in national braille challenge - Tucson News Now

Tucsonans win in national braille challenge

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two Tucsonans won big in a national braille competition in Southern California over the weekend.

Tucson second grader Ciara Peterson won first place in the first and second grade category in the National Braille Challenge on June 21 in Los Angeles.

The 8-year-old was one of 60 blind and visually impaired students from across the nation to get to showcase their braille skills.

Ciara's biography states she likes to swim and jump on the trampoline. She loves animals and says she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.

Also from Tucson, Joey Parra won second place in the third and fourth grade category.

Officials said new technological tools are making braille more accessible, but only about 10 percent of blind people currently read braille. 

For more information, visit http://www.brailleinstitute.org/.

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