Glendale Fire Station 21 will host a car rally of a different kind
in the hours before Cruise Night kicks off Saturday as visually
impaired teens navigate their way through Southern California.
Drivers and navigators in the Braille Rallye will stop at Glendale
Fire Station 21, 421 Oak Street, between 11:40 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a
rest stop, fire-related games and fire safety information.
In the event, which has been going on for more than 30 years,
children between 12 and 18 from the Braille Institute youth centers
will read Braille and large-print maps that direct their drivers
through the four-stop course.
They must get to each checkpoint at the correct speed and
“There are changes in speed,” said Patricia West, one of the
organizers of the event. “Sometimes they are told that they need to
stop and stay somewhere for a period of time.”
To participate in the Braille Rallye, the navigators most show
they are proficient at reading Braille or large print. It is designed
to encourage students to study and grow confident in reading.
“Most of them really form a special relationship with their
drivers and have the same driver several years in a row,” West said.
“For the younger ones, I think it perhaps might be a bit daunting
because they start out with strangers. They’re kind of reliant on
“It’s really a day for the students,” she added. “The drivers are
Glendale Fire officials will be waiting for the cars, which will
begin one minute apart from the Braille Institute Youth Center in Los
Angeles at 10 a.m., with fire hoses and other activities.