Onkyo Braille Essay Contest is back!
Time to get creative for the world’s biggest braille competition!
Last year the UK celebrated an unprecedented 2 winners in the competition. We were very excited and proud to discover that 15 year old Lewis Shaw from Annan in Dumfries and Galloway had won the junior category of the competition. Even better Lyn Street from Newport, South Wales won the senior category as well. Both writers received a bumper $1,000 each in prize money.
Lewis tells a humorous tale of how his teachers inspired him to learn braille which now stands him in good stead for his future studies. He says ‘I personally use both braille and computer screen-readers. I use a lot of braille when cramming for exams as the physical touch seems to help the information or certain difficult words or formulae to sink in.’
Lyn’s essay takes a light hearted look at the advantages of using braille. She says ‘Braillists are the only people who can truly say we have information “at our fingertips”. When used by others this is a metaphor, but for us it’s a fact – it’s the way we read!’
The full essays are well worth a read and are available to download below
You can read the essays of the other UK finalists below
What are you waiting for? Get writing and enter today.
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