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Braille Challenge2019-06-24T14:21:20-07:00
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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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2019 Braille Challenge Winners

1st – Mitchell Bridwell Pittsboro, IN
2nd – Christopher Abel Acworth, GA
3rd – Griffin Miller Valencia, PA
1st – Audrey Bethay Prairie Village, KS
2nd – Julia LaGrand Grand Rapids, MI
3rd – Joey Parra Tucson, AZ
1st – Brooke Petro Leawood, KS
2nd – Margot “Maggie” Wehrle Victoria, BC
3rd – Braeden Robinson Cameron, NC
1st – Carmynn Blakely Owensboro, KY
2nd – Noa Hottin Alexandria, VA
3rd – Miles Lima Manteca, CA
1st – Salome Cummins Blue Springs, MO
2nd – Clara Scelsi Pell City, AL
3rd – Caleigh Caston Douglasville, GA
EXCELLENCE IN SPELLING
Carmynn Blakely
Owensboro, KY
EXCELLENCE IN READING COMPREHENSION
Griffin Miller
Valencia, PA
THE HARLEY FETTERMAN AWARD, EXCELLENCE IN CHARTS AND GRAPHS
Brooke Petro
Leawood, KS

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