One year sober from a crack cocaine addiction, Linda Soto said she wants to start over. But her dreams to repair holes in the living room ceiling and window screens, to patch up the splotchy, mismatched colored walls and to replace the scratched wood floor and worn-out secondhand furniture are on hold once again.
“You missed a comma in the ‘1,000,’” 10-year-old Zachary Morris of Kenosha scolds his teachers while scanning a Braille text. Proofreading — check. Then the blind fourth-grader spells a word aloud as he zips his fi ngers across the bumpy page. “M-E-A-N-D-E-R. Is that meander? Is it like ambling?” Spelling, reading comprehension — check, check. Morris will put those three skill requirements to the test June 25-26 at the National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles.