Start Practicing Now—The Braille Challenge Season Will Soon Be Here!
School's in session, time to get ready for the 15th annual Braille Challenge, the only national reading and writing contest in braille for blind and visually impaired students. The Fall Preliminary Round is open to all visually impaired students in grades 1-12. The top-scoring students earn one of just 60 slots in the Final Round next June. Join the more than 1000 students who participated last year!
Teachers may begin ordering individual contests online by early November. We'll also be listing more than 40 fun-filled, daylong regional events across the U.S. and Canada, which will run from mid-January through mid-March, 2015, so check back often to find the one nearest you. Contest categories include reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling and reading tactile charts and graphs.
Unified English Braille (UEB) Option to be Offered for Grades 1-2 for 2015
Since both the United States and Canada have now adopted Unified English Braille (UEB) as their official code The Braille Challenge will be offering a UEB option for the Apprentice level only in 2015.
This means students in grades 1 and 2 will have the option to choose this year. They may take all three contests in EBAE (the current English Braille American Edition) or in the new UEB code , but may not mix the two . Eligibility for Finals will not be affected. Students who earn the top scores, regardless of code selection, will advance to the Finals. An uncontracted option will be available for both codes.
To learn more about UEB, and to find tutorials and sample documents, please visit the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) website
Additionally, there is a new APH Quick Tip video regarding the American Printing House for the Blind's implementation plans for providing k-12 tests and textbooks UEB.
Braille Institute plans to provide Challenge contests for all grade levels exclusively in UEB the following year, to align with BANA's target implementation date of January 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.
WINNERS NAMED FOR 2014 BRAILLE CHALLENGE
Congratulations go to this year’s 15 winners, out of 60 Challengers who were invited to compete in the Braille Challenge® Finals in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Finalists represented the 12 top-ranking scores from each of the 5 age groups. Contest scores were checked by transcribers at Braille Institute then ranked by the highest scores earned.
View the list of 2014 Finalists.
View the list of 2014 Winners.
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
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.