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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Andrew Payne, a third-grader at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Ogden, gets some help from Candy Jackson, a teacher at Payne's school, during the Utah Regional Braille Challenge academic competition in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 2, 2012.

SALT LAKE CITY — Blind and visually impaired students competed in the Utah Regional Braille Challenge Friday.

The Braille Challenge is the only national academic competition for blind students in the United States, and the Utah Braille Challenge is one of the oldest in the country, developed in Utah by the Utah Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

This unique competition is a national program of Braille Institute of America, Inc., and serves to encourage blind children of all ages to fine-tune their braille skills, which are essential to their success in the sighted world.