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Braille Challenge Information for Coordinators 2018-05-31T15:25:10+00:00

This page is your place for up-to-date information about The Braille Challenge.

  • The 2018 Braille Challenge season opens from December 1, 2017 through March 9, 2018. The online contest order form will be live in November through the Register a Student link in the menu on the right-hand column.
  • The contest ordering portal for TVI’s will be open November 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.
  • The contest ordering portal for REGIONAL COORDINATORS will be open November 1, 2017 through February 1st, 2018.
  • All Regional Coordinators are sent the following materials: an electronic scoring grid and registration log listing students who have participated in their regional in the last year, customized permission forms, promotional postcards, and customized artwork for T-shirts. Please contact Christine Pak at (323) 663-1111, Ext. 1321, or cgpak@brailleinstitute.org with any questions.
  • Updated scoring materials and guidelines can be found in the Documents link in the menu on the right-hand column.
  • All additional instructions are in the updated handbook, found in the Documents link in the menu on the right-hand column.

FOR THE 2018 BRAILLE CHALLENGE, ALL CONTESTS across ALL GRADE LEVELS WILL BE IN UEB. THERE WILL BE NO EBAE OPTION.

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 and National Advisory Committee, most younger students transitioning 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.

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.

For 2017:

  • All contracted Apprentice and Freshman contests will be in UEB ONLY. There will be no EBAE option.
  • Apprentice students may take the uncontracted version, but are not eligible for the Finals.
  • SOPHOMORE contestants will have the option to take their Challenge contests in UEB or EBAE this year, depending on what they know best.
  • Contestants may not mix codes—they must select one code for all three contests.
  • BIA will provide contests and answer keys in both EBAE and UEB.
  • Junior Varsity, Varsity contests will be in EBAE.
  • Students with the best scores nationally will advance, regardless of code.
  • Sophomore contestants must take Finals in the code they chose for preliminaries.
  • All forms, registration spreadsheets and other supporting documents will reflect these options.
  • We will post 2016 Apprenticeand Freshman practice contests in UEB as samples all other levels and all others will be in EBAE.

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).

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.