Siblings bond during Braille contest

May 25, 2014 

Evan Wilkerson, left, and his sister Olivia check their Braille writers during a recent competition.

COURTESY OF WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM

Siblings Evan and Olivia Wilkerson sometimes talk trash to each other when they play goalball, a team sport designed for athletes who are visually impaired.

But at a recent Braille challenge, Evan and Olivia worked beside each other “like seasoned teammates” as they tapped away on heavy metal Braille writers to show their mastery of the written language of the blind and visually impaired, according to an article in the Wake County Public School System’s newsletter.

The event is like a spelling bee but for Braille, said Michelle Egan, a Wake County public schools Braillist in the newsletter.

Participants from the school system and the Governor Morehead School for the Blind showed their skills in reading and writing, their fluency in Braille contractions and how well they can read charts and maps.

Evan is a first-grader and Olivia is two years ahead of him at Durant Road Elementary School in Raleigh.

“I’m hoping that they get a sense of fellowship, and they can realize that there’s a future for them, that they can do anything,” Egan said.

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