Ashlee Thao, a 9-year-old Kansas student who cannot see, uses a Perkins Brailler to write original stories and aspires to become an author and musician. Thao, who enters fifth grade in the fall, recently took second place in a regional Braille competition and went on to compete in last week's National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles. "It takes a lot of skill to write," Thao said. "When you get the hang of it, you're going to start reading and writing faster as you go."
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