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Braille Challenge2018-11-29T10:22:02+00:00
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What Is the Braille Challenge?

The Braille Challenge is the only academic competition of its kind in North America for students who are blind or visually impaired. Braille Institute developed the Braille Challenge to motivate students to practice and hone their braille literacy skills, which are essential to academic and employment success.

Any blind or visually impaired student in grades 1 – 12 who can read and write braille is eligible to participate in the Braille Challenge. All Contestants are divided into five categories and tested on fundamental braille skills such as reading comprehension, spelling, speed and accuracy, proofreading, and charts and graphs. Contests are proctored by volunteer Teachers of the Visually Impaired and scored locally by volunteer transcribers, based on national guidelines.

All students can compete in the preliminary Braille Challenge events, which are held from January through the end of March throughout the United States and Canada, but only the top 50 students (10 in each category) with the highest scores are invited to Los Angeles for the final round – two days of competition, camaraderie and fun!

The 2019 Braille Challenge National Finals will happen on June 21 and 22 at the University of Southern California. 

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Braille Challenge Regionals

There are currently 51 Braille Challenge Regionals across the United States and Canada, where students can participate in the first stage of the contest.

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2018 Braille Challenge Winners

1st – Mitchell Bridwell                    Pittsboro, IN
2nd – Griffin Miller                           Valencia, PA
3rd – Alexandra Allers                     Fort Gratiot, MI

1st – Kaleigh Brendle                       Freehold, NJ
2nd – Julia LaGrand                          Grand Rapids, MI
3rd – Ella Yu                                        Delta, British Columbia

1st – Brooke Petro                            Leawood, KS
2nd – Ciara Peterson                       Tucson, AZ
3rd – Savannah Lindberg                St. Augustine, FL

1st – Noa Hottin                                Alexandria, VA
2nd – Logan Strickland                    Orlando, FL
3rd – Carmynn Blakely                    Louisville, KY

1st – Hannah Gevers                       Arlington, MA
2nd – Layla Hildenbrand                 Mills River, NC
3rd – Caylen Coffel                           Spring, TX

EXCELLENCE IN SPELLING
Hannah Gevers                                 Arlington, MA

EXCELLENCE IN READING COMPREHENSION
Audrey Bethay                                  Prairie Village, KS

THE HARLEY FETTERMAN AWARD, EXCELLENCE IN CHARTS AND GRAPHS
Griffin Miller                                       Valencia, PA

Teacher of the Year

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