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For most people, writing down a note or making a grocery list is just an ordinary task, but for someone who is visually impaired, the process is much more involved.
Braille is a form of writing used by blind and visually impaired people that enables them to write through touch and requires special typewriters.
On Thursday, the Western North Carolina Braille Challenge took place in Sherrills Ford, featuring students in grades 1-12 from across the region.
To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.