Congratulations on advancing to The 2020 Remote Braille Challenge Finals! 

This Finalist Registration Packet consists of important information that you and your family need to complete and submit as you prepare for the remote Braille Challenge Finals. 

Please make sure to complete and submit:

  • Finalist Questionnaire
  • T-shirt Order Form
  • Finalist Photo

This year, due to the COVID-19 situation, our tradition of a two-day event consisting of Friday welcome activities, Saturday contests, and an awards ceremony at the University of Southern California will look a little different. Despite these changes, we aim to capture the essence of a traditional Braille Challenge Finals experience with a remote program, continuing our aim of promoting braille literacy across North America.

Finalists and families will not be coming to Los Angeles for the Braille Challenge experience this year. Instead, the experience is coming to them! This year’s event will start with a virtual video announcement of all the Finalists. Finalists will complete their remote Braille Challenge testing at a location determined by each finalist’s family, their TVI and/or Regional Braille Challenge coordinator(s). Braille Institute staff will coordinate a privately proctored test which will then be sent back to Braille Institute for scoring. Braille Challenge Finals festivities will begin with the ‘Friday Welcome Activities’ consisting of a swag bag, goodies, annual yearbook, tactile portrait, engaging activity kits, and other items! Once scoring is complete in late July, winners will be announced at a live virtual awards ceremony and prizes will be sent accordingly.

All Finalist Registration Packets are Due by Friday, June 19, 2020

If you are unable to participate in The 2020 Remote Braille Challenge Finals, please contact Rachel Antoine no later than Friday, June 12, so that we can inform another student to fulfill the finalist spot. 

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Antoine, National Programs Coordinator, at (323) 906-3113, or at rantoine@brailleinstitute.org.

Finalist Questionnaire

T-Shirt Order Form

FINALIST T-SHIRT ORDER Each finalist will receive ONE complimentary t-shirt to wear on the day of testing.

COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRT ORDER If you would like to order the commemorative 2020 Braille Challenge t-shirt for other family members or guests, please indicate how many of each size you want to purchase. T-shirts are $15 each.

COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRTS CHECK-OUT 

Braille Institute will reach out via phone to collect payment information for commemorative t-shirts. 

Example:

Cost per t-shirt: $15

Total # of t-shirts ordered: 4

Total balance due: $60

PROCTOR T-SHIRT ORDER Each Proctor will receive one complimentary t-shirt to wear on the day of testing.

Finalist Photo

To complete registration for The 2020 Remote Braille Challenge Finals, each finalist must submit a photo to Matthew Beckwith at mjbeckwith@brailleinstitute.org

We will be sharing photos of all the finalists throughout June and July, per your signed photo release referenced in your Regional Permission Forms. See below for the photo criteria:

  • Use a high-resolution camera. Smart phone cameras are fine.
    • If you want to submit a specific photograph, please scan and email the digital file in JPG or PNG format.
  • Contestant should be centered and face forward. Smile!
  • Contestant’s head and shoulders should occupy most of the photo.
  • Use a simple, solid color background. We recommend using a background color that is different from what the contestant is wearing.
  • Avoid direct sunlight. If your photo is taken outdoors, we recommend using a shaded area.

Thank you for registering for The 2020 Remote Braille Challenge Finals! We look forward to seeing you! Please contact Matthew Beckwith, National Programs Specialist, at (323) 663-1111 ext 1215, or at mjbeckwith@brailleinstitute.org