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vision activity day

students in concession
families watching movie

EIASE Vision Team held their annual spring activity day for our students and their families. 38 were in attendance for an afternoon full of engaging activities! The afternoon began with students making cards for hospitalized kids. 20 cards were made and sent to cheer up other children in the hospital. An audio described version of the movie Finding Dory was shown. Students enjoyed listening to this movie as they snacked on items from the concession stand. Our vision students worked throughout the afternoon at the fully stocked concession stand. A visual sensory area was provided for those needing a break from working concessions, enjoying the movie, or just wanting to explore. Thank you vision team for providing such an awesome experience for our students and their families!

student with lighted noodle
students making cards

2017 ITDHH Fingerspelling Bee Competition

The Illinois Teachers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing hosted the annual fingerspelling bee on April 26, 2017 at Illinois State University. Students from EIASE's DHH program traveled to Bloomington to compete. The students have spent many months practicing a long list of very difficult words. Our very own Jadyn Adams from Shelbyville IL placed 2nd in this years competition! Congratulations to Jadyn! Those months of practicing spelling paid off.

Braille Challenge 2017

Braille Challenge is an academic competition unlike any other. It is a two-stage contest designed to motivate blind students to concentrate on the study of braille, is a fun-filled, challenging event. Any visually impaired student who reads braille is eligible to participate and events are held from Jan to March throughout the US and Canada.

This year the Braille Challenge will be held at 46 different sites and the top scoring 50 contestants nationally are invited to Los Angeles in June for a final round. The categories of contest include reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling and reading tactile charts and graphs.

Three EIASE students attended the Braille Challenge at the Illinois School for the visually Impaired in Jacksonville, IL. Sydney Horn from Effingham, LT Spears from Mattoon and Olivia Rios from Charleston.

students who participated in the 2017 braille challenge.

Olivia reads print and braille. She started learning pre-braille skills in pre-school and started braille in kindergarten. Olivia is currently a second grader at Carl Sandburg School. She placed first in her category at the challenge!

Here is what Olivia had to say about the event:

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My name is Olivia and I liked going to Braille Challenge. I didn't like writing a lot but I will try again next year. I had to write two pages in braille this year. Maybe I will have to write one next year.

Lunch was really good and I ate a lot of cookies. I got to go on the swings, go up and down stairs with my friend LT, and try an elevator. I made a new friend named Sarah and I want to see her again next year at Braille Challenge. We had a dance party at the end.

I had to do spelling and my mom said to try my best. I did 27 words and the list had 40 on it. I want to do a lot of words next year. Thank you for letting me go to Braille Challenge.

Sidney Horn is a 6th grader at Effingham Junior High School. She placed third in her age category. Congrats to Sydney!

Here is what Sydney had to say about the event:

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Braille challenge is very fun! You do all sorts of activities, some fun some boring. The fun ones include, dancing and singing songs! The best part about the braille challenge is when you figure out who won! The braille challenge requires students with visually impairments to practice their braille skills. The boring activities include, charts and graphs, reading comprehension, and speed and accuracy. Braille challenge is very fun and I definitely will be there next year!

Sidney Horn

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