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The 2016 Braille Challenge!

It has been an exciting 2016 Braille Challenge Season! Thank you to all of the contestants, parents, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, regional coordinators, and volunteers who help make this national program possible. The Braille Challenge Finals were held on June 18th in Los Angeles. View the top 50 finalists (10 in each grade category) or get the complete list of winners.

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, engage with other contestants and their families, and share your #BrailleChallenge2016 experience! 

Congratulations to all of our contestants, their families and all the regional coordinators and volunteers that make this program a success. We appreciate your support in promoting braille literacy!

UEB For 2016 

As of January 2016, Unified English Braille (UEB) will be the official braille code for United States. Based on a review of state implementation plans and feedback from our Regional Coordinators, teachers and National Advisory Committee, most younger students transitioned to UEB in September 2015, but the transition from EBAE to UEB is less defined and not as consistent for older students.

The goal of The Braille Challenge is to support the timely transition to UEB, but also to be as fair as possible to all students by providing contests in the code most will be using. Learn about UEB updates for 2016.

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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