Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

2014 Onkyo Braille Essay Contest

finger reading braille
The Onkyo Braille Essay Contest is being administered by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) on behalf of the North America-Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union.
Essays must be written by contest participants, in English or their native language, in braille on paper, and must be completely original in nature. Participants are also asked to submit their essays in electronic format.  Entries should be no fewer than 800 words and no more than 1,000 words in length.  There will be two groups of competitors-one Junior group, aged 25 and under; and one Senior group, aged 26 and up, and prizes range from $500-$2,000.
All essays must be received by April 30, 2014. In the US, they should be sent to the NFB, and in Canada, they should be sent to Braille Literacy Canada; the contacts are listed on the application.
Essay topics:
1. How do you acquire knowledge and information through braille or audio devices? (Illustrate with some interesting personal stories/episodes.)
2. How can blind persons become independent by learning braille or music?
3. Individual concept about world peace from the viewpoint of persons with disabilities.
Visit for more information and an application.   Note that the BRF is in Unified English Braille.
Please use the following contacts if you have questions:
in the US: Trisha Tatam at 
In Canada: Jen Goulden at