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The 2017 Braille Challenge!

The 2017 Braille Challenge season is here! This year, more than 51 regionals and individual students of Teachers of the Visually Impaired across the United States and Canada will test their skills and participate in the upcoming Braille Challenge. The season begins December 1st 2016 through March 10th, 2017. Thank you to all the contestants, parents, Regional Coordinators, TVIs and volunteers who continue to make this program a success. We appreciate your support in promoting braille literacy. 50 finalists (10 in each category) will be invited to Los Angeles to compete in the National Braille Challenge on June 16th and 17th, 2017. Follow us on social media and share your exciting #BrailleChallenge2017 experience! If you would like to catch up on all the latest news, check out our News Room. We also invite you to like and share our Facebook page to get updates, and engage with other contestants and their families.

UEB For 2017 

As of January 2016, Unified English Braille (UEB) became the official braille code for United States. Based on a review of state implementation plans and feedback from our Regional Coordinators, teachers of the Visually Impair and National Advisory Committee, SOPHOMORE contestants will have the option to take their Challenge contests in UEB or EBAE this year, depending on what they know best. Learn about UEB updates for 2017.

What is Braille Challenge?

The Braille Challenge® is an academic competition unlike any other. This two-stage contest is designed to motivate blind students to emphasize their study of braille, while rewarding their success with fun-filled, but challenging, local and national events. Any visually impaired student who reads braille is eligible to participate in the preliminary Challenge contest events, which were held from January through the end of March throughout the U.S. and Canada. Contests are proctored by volunteer teachers for visually impaired students and scored locally according to our national guidelines by volunteer transcribers. Each contestant receives a brailled certificate of appreciation and general feedback on their performance, which will be sent to families and educators in May.

This year The Braille Challenge will be held at 46 different sites and will be proctored by up to 80 individual teachers of visually impaired students from throughout the United States and Canada. The preliminary round is open to students of all skills levels, but the top-scoring 50 contestants nationally will be invited to Los Angeles in June for a Final Round—two days of competition, camaraderie and fun! Braille Challenge contest categories include reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling and reading tactile charts and graphs.

Resources for Learning UEB

Hadley School for the Blind: UEB Transition Course: Available from Hadley for $99.00 this fall.

UEB Online: Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s Renwick Centre (a training program for sighted people to learn UEB).

The ABCs of UEB: authored by Constance Risjord (a program for those who already know EBAE to quickly build on their knowledge of braille to understand UEB).

CNIB Transcriber's UEB Course: “Update to UEB” file types: Word, print .pdf, .brf, and.dxb.


The Braille Challenge® wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors. Their generosity supports all facets of the program, from producing contests to providing high tech prizes to sponsoring our gala awards ceremony.

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