2015 Braille Challenge at NYSSB
The Upstate NY Braille Challenge at NYSSB is scheduled for
January 31, 2015
(Snow date: February 21, 2015)
We are looking for people who are willing to assist with this Saturday event. The day begins at 11 a.m. with lunch for students and families participating. The challenge and awards should be over no later than 4 p.m. If you are interested in helping on that day or with preparations before hand, please contact Sherri Bartz email@example.com or Janet Quait firstname.lastname@example.org. Your efforts make our program grow!
What is the Braille Challenge®?
The Braille Challenge® is is an academic competition intended to motivate blind students to improve their braille and literacy skills. Students test their skills in reading comprehension, Braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling and reading tactile charts and graphs. More than 500 students from first through twelfth grades participated in the Preliminary Round last year. The top-scoring 65 came to Los Angeles in June for the Final Round of two days of competition and prizes, camaraderie and fun! Parents are encouraged to accompany their child and TVI to the Braille Challenge®.
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 part 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 by Humanware
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.
Use of Digital Players for Speed and Accuracy Contest: 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.
Sample contests are available free for download.
These may be accessed by visiting the Braille Institute website.
Humanware —Victor Stream players
National Braille Press —gift certificates for their catalog of braille books and products
Seedlings Braille Books for Children —gift certificates for a book or t-shirt from their catalog
Perkins Products —gift certificates for a braille Sudoku game
The New York State School for the Blind wishes to gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our 2014 Regional Braille Challenge sponsors: