Student Lynn Wu is an incoming senior at Tesoro High School. She was born blind in one eye and was introduced to Braille after she lost her sight completely in the fourth grade. While blindness can create profound difficulties in everyday life, Lynn has found ways to maintain her 4.0 GPA in school and learn Braille.
“When you’re put in that situation, you just go with it,” Lynn said. “Some things are harder, but it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible.”
As television outlet Spectrum News 1 reported, the 15-year-old student was selected as a finalist for the 2022 national Braille Challenge held at the University of Southern California on June 27. While Lynn did not win, she impressed the judges and represented her state and county as a three-time finalist.
The Braille Challenge, created in 2000, is the only academic competition of its kind in North America and the U.K. for students who are blind or visually impaired. The top 50 students who participated in the finals advanced from a group of more than 800 students.
The annual competition aims to promote the importance of braille literacy. It motivates students to practice and hone their braille literacy skills, which are essential to academic and employment success.
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