Adventures in Braille
Sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate and the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind, students who are blind or visually impaired ages 12-18 are eligible to participate in the weekend camp filled with fun, adventure and exciting learning opportunities. Participation is free of charge, including transportation to and from the Spartanburg campus of the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind. The three-day camp includes games such as braille bingo and goalball, activities like rock climbing and relay races, and independent living skills classes such as baking and clothing management.The Braille Challenge™
The SC Regional Braille Challenge is the initial step on the road to the National Braille ChallengeTM – the only academic competition of its kind for blind students in the United States. Students who are blind or visually impaired, ages 12 to 19, compete in five categories that require them to transcribe, type and read braille using a device called a Perkins Brailler. Each category is designed to test the students’ braille skills in several areas including reading comprehension, braille spelling, chart and graph reading, proofreading and braille speed and accuracy.Readers are Leaders Contest
The Readers are Leaders Contest is a national contest for braille readers. Students are judged by how many recreational reading pages they read in braille.Technology Olympics
Students who are blind or visually impaired, grades K-12, are eligible to participate in a series of high-tech adventures, free of charge through the annual Technology Olympics. Activities using assistive technology include students taking tests and using adaptive devices, such as electronic note-takers, monoculars, CCTV(s), digital talking book players and talking GPS systems to complete various tasks. Students are awarded prizes and ribbons for their participation.
The Technology Olympics is sponsored by the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind and the University of South Carolina through a grant entitled “The Possibilities Are Endless: Promoting Braille and Access Technology Throughout South Carolina.”