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Regional Braille Challenge 2020 at NYSSB

The Upstate NY Braille Challenge at NYSSB is scheduled for:
Date - To Be Determined

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

Flexible Brailler Options

Since more students are learning to braille using different models of braillewriters, this year we are allowing students to choose their preference, and use their own equipment. Options include the classic Perkins Brailler, the APH/Perkins Next Generation Brailler and the new APH Light Touch Perkins Brailler. All contests, including Speed and Accuracy, will be formatted for the smaller 8.5 X 11 paper size to accommodate a shorter line length. Students using larger sheets will simply braille shorter lines.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE - For students taking part in the Speed and Accuracy portions of the contests: The talking book has been discontinued for the Speed and Accuracy part of the contest. Students may bring either a BookPort Plus by APH or a Victor Stream Reader by Humanware.

Special Note: Students must bring their own Perkins Brailler and a BookPort Plus or Victor Stream with them.

It is important that the student has practiced with these devices for familiarity, and have ensured that the devices are in good working order for the event.

The Braille Challenge® Speed and Accuracy Contests are distributed as MP3 files on SD cards, to be played on one of two approved audio players.

Parents and TVI's are encourage and welcome to attend the event with the student. However, registration must be completed by the child's TVI.

Practice Materials

Practice materials and sample contests are available free for download. 
These may be accessed by visiting the National Braille Institute's website.




Last Updated: April 25, 2019