[blindkid] [Nfbc-info] Fw: iBRAL

Richard Holloway rholloway at gopbc.org
Tue Oct 28 04:43:06 UTC 2014

I agree as well. Readers are Leaders was a fun and useful approach to help get our kids reading Braille. I hope that something can be put in place to replace it one day. 

We are fortunate to have a very academically successful VI child on our hands, but she has no light perception, so Braille is her only way to read. It is clear to is that a major reason she is so successful at school is that she was reading Braille from quite early on (she was reading Braille quite well by age three).

I think that Kendra's greatest Braille motivators were things like Readers are Leaders as well as participation in the Braille Challenge. 

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> On Oct 27, 2014, at 10:35 PM, DrV via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Dear Rob, Nicki, & All,
> I whole-heartedly agree with Nicki & echo her sentiments.
> The Braille Readers Are Leaders contest was, in my opinion, one of the
> best, most functional & most motivating early braille literacy initiative
> programs out there.
> I know that my kids & many others really looked forward every year to
> November 1st, the start of the contest. I am ever-so-grateful that my boys
> were able to both enjoy & benefit from this NFB program’s efforts for so
> many years.
> Participation in the contest lead to real-world tangible results.
> Especially early on, in the beginnings of their independent-reading phase,
> each of my boys made very noticeable strides each year in their reading
> fluency over the 2-3 month contest (length of contest varied over time).
> I know that for some families, participation in the contest was the first
> exposure to the NFB.
> The fizzling out of the Braille Readers Are Leaders has left a void that is
> waiting to be filled.
> It's was & still can be a win-win-win program: a golden baton – a baton
> than is waiting for someone to pick it up & carry it across the finish
> line.
> Importantly, the potential beneficiaries are the potential future members &
> leaders of the NFB.
> Humbly yours,
> The father of 2 braille-readers
> On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM, Rob Kaiser via Nfbc-info <
> nfbc-info at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> This messsage, for whatever reason was sent to me. I am forwarding it to
>> the California list serve.
>> Rob Kaiser, President National Federation of the Blind of California
>> Orange County Chapter cell#(760)792-0525 email;
>> rcubfank at sbcglobal.net
>> From: Nicki Manthos
>> Sent: Monday, October 27, 2014 2:41 PM
>> To: rcubfank at sbcglobal.net
>> Subject: iBRAL
>> Hello Mr. Kaiser,
>> Just wondering if anyone at NFB of California has been interested in
>> starting a braille reading contest in California like NFB did in Illinois
>> (iBRAL)?
>> I really miss Braille Readers are Leaders
>> Nicki Q. Manthos
>> Teacher for Students with Visual Impairments
>> Sweetwater Union High School District – Special Services
>> 619 519-3537
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