What is the 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. Braille Challenge contest categories include reading comprehension, writing speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling, and reading tactile charts and graphs.
Any visually impaired student who reads braille is eligible to participate in the preliminary Braille Challenge events, which are held from January through the end of March throughout the U.S. and Canada. Contests are proctored by volunteer TVIs and scored locally by volunteer transcribers, based on national guidelines. The preliminary round is open to students of all skills levels, but only the top-scoring 50 contestants nationally are invited to Los Angeles for the final round—two days of competition, camaraderie and fun!
In 2017, Braille Institute moved The Braille Challenge finals to the University of Southern California with the purpose to demystify higher education, promote career exploration, and create awareness about all the resources available for visually impaired children and their families.
Thanks 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!
The 2018 Braille Challenge
The 2018 Braille Challenge finals will be held at USC on June 16, 2018. Stay tuned for more information!
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About UEB (Unified English Braille)
FOR THE 2018 BRAILLE CHALLENGE, ALL CONTESTS FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS WILL BE IN UEB. THERE WILL BE NO EBAE OPTION FOR 2018.
As of January 2016, Unified English Braille (UEB) became the official braille code for the United States. Based on a review of state implementation plans and feedback from our regional coordinators, teachers and National Advisory Committee, ALL of the Braille Challenge contests will be in UEB code.
– All forms, registration spreadsheets and other supporting documents will reflect this change
– We will post practice contests in UEB for all grade levels
Resources for Learning UEB
Hadley School for the Blind UEB Transition Courses: 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).
BANA’s 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.
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.