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Braille Challenge

Braille Challenge certificate

The Braille Challenge is a contest open to students in grades 1-12 in the United States or Canada who are blind or visually impaired.  It is the only national reading and writing challenge for students in braille.  Categories include reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling and reading tactile charts and graphs.

  • Online Registration Period for The Braille Challenge: November 1 – December 14, 2012
  • Preliminary Challenge Contest Period: January 7 – March 11, 2013
  • "Teacher of the Year" Award Nomination Deadline: March 18, 2013
  • Notification of Contest Results: May 1, 2013
  • The Braille Challenge® Finals: June 21 – 22, 2013




Braille Challenge

Posted by Kay@TSBVI

This is a great event for braille readers at all levels. It provides a fun purpose for practicing skills that we sometimes don't find time to practice with our academic students (tables, charts and maps; proper use of contractions). Even for students who ultimately chose not to do the contest, the practice activities provided some good practice material for my braille classes.

It has also been wonderful for my beginning braille readers. I had two students who were still learning to read their alphabet letters test in uncontracted braille at the apprentice level. It was a big esteem builder to discover that they could do a popular real activity in braille. Our regional competition also provided the opportunity to gather with other blind students and experience some social time and experience how a blind artist creates his visual art.

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