[NFB-NM] NFB Announces Winners of 2016 Onkyo Braille Essay Contest

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Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Announces Winners of 2016 Onkyo Braille
Essay Contest
Competition Encourages Braille Usage Among the Blind

Baltimore, Maryland (January 11, 2017): The National Federation of the Blind
(NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the United
States, is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Onkyo Braille Essay
Contest. The NFB administered the Onkyo Braille Essay Contest on behalf of
the North America/Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union. The essay
contest, sponsored by Onkyo Corporation, a Japanese consumer electronics
manufacturer, and the Braille Mainichi, part of the Mainichi Newspaper
Company in Japan, was created to promote Braille literacy and to encourage
the sharing of social and cultural information among blind and visually
impaired persons.
The essays were required to be written in Braille and could be written on a
variety of proposed topics related to the importance of Braille. There were
two groups of competitors: a junior category for persons up to age
twenty-five and a senior category for persons aged twenty-six or older. Each
winner received a substantial cash prize, a plaque, and other gifts from the
Onkyo Corporation.
Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said:
"We are very pleased to have been a part of this important contest. There
can be no doubt that the ability to read and write Braille competently and
efficiently is the key to education, employment, and success for the blind.
Despite the undisputed value of Braille, however, only about 10 percent of
blind children in the United States are learning it. We congratulate the
contest winners and commend them for demonstrating the positive impact
Braille has had on their lives through their essays, and also for raising
awareness of the importance of Braille literacy as they live the lives they
The seven winners from the North America/Caribbean Region were as follows:
Otsuki Prize
Larry Johnson, Texas, US 
Excellent Work Award, Senior
Carol Begay Green, New Mexico, US 
Fine Work Award, Senior
Charmaine Co, British Columbia, Canada 
Ann Parsons, New York, US
Excellent Work Award, Junior
Juan Avila, California, US 
Fine Work Award, Junior
Josh Andrews, Illinois, US
Samoya Jordan, Kingston, Jamaica 
The NFB encouraged all countries in the North America/Caribbean Region to
participate in the Onkyo Braille Essay Contest. Essays were submitted from
the United States, Canada, and Jamaica.


About the National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles
between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want;
blindness is not what holds you back.

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