"Braille Games is such an important opportunity for blind children to use braille in a fun and interactive way while being mentored by blind adults who are self-sufficient and independent. These mentors share their skills in reading and writing braille while talking about their studies in college and their professions. It's crucial for blind children to know the vast array of opportunities available to them in adulthood,” said Cheryl Orgas, Executive Director for ABLE.
|Braille Games Participants Meet the Italian Sausage|
This year’s event theme was baseball. Children played Baseball Trivia, Jeopardy, and Slate and Sausages. The coach and team members from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) baseball team, The Raiders, joined the children to demonstrate how the game is played. The day ended with a fantastic finale with a visit from the Famous Racing Sausages, courtesy of the Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. The Sausages passed out Brewers baseball bags containing a braille book and tactile images illustrating the game (from ABLE), a stuffed bear (from WTBBL), and a squishy baseball (from Vision Forward). The children got the opportunity to touch the Racing Sausages; a treat for children who are visually impaired.
“Vision Forward is proud to be involved in the Braille Games,” said Terri Davis, Executive Director for Vision Forward. “This is an amazing collaborative effort and we strongly believe in its long term impact on the students. We’re especially proud of the community’s growing support with volunteers from MSOE and Manpower supporting the day’s activities.”
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development Team
With content provided by the Braille Games news release