Meredith Day reading braille

Meredith Day, who will be entering seventh grade at West Middle School in September, has been named a Finalist in the National Braille Challenge. Meredith competed in the 2020 Maryland Regional Braille Challenge and was among the top 50 qualifiers for the national event.

The Braille Challenge®, a program of the Braille Institute, is the only academic competition for blind or visually impaired students in the United States and Canada.This two-stage contest is designed to motivate blind students to emphasize their study of braille, while rewarding their success with fun-filled, but challenging, local and national events.

Students complete preliminary testing across the country from January through March in hopes of qualifying for the top 50 spots available in the national competition and the opportunity to compete against the top blind students from across the United States and Canada.

The national competition, which is typically held in Los Angeles, California annually in June, will be held remotely this year. Since 2000, the Braille Challenge has been a celebration promoting braille literacy, advocacy, friendship, partnership and festivities.

About The Maryland School for the Blind

As a statewide resource center, MSB provides outreach, educational and residential services for students to reach their fullest potential by preparing them to be as successful, independent, and well-rounded contributing members of their communities as possible. Annually MSB serves approximately 1,200 students identified in Maryland who are blind or visually impaired from birth to age 21.  For more information visit

About Braille Institute of America
Braille Institute of America is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. It serves tens of thousands of people of all ages each year through an array of integrated educational, social and recreational programs and services designed to help people with vision loss lead enriched and fulfilling lives. For additional information, please visit  or




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