Braille Challenge Archive2021-02-12T16:06:56-08:00

Important Covid-19 Update:

For the 2021 Braille Challenge season, we have focused on strategies that allow youth to return to participating in braille literacy challenges while prioritizing the health and wellness of all involved. With this, BIA is offering high quality in-person, as well as, virtual programming format options which will best meet your specific needs.

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!


Are you interested in participating in Braille Challenge 2021? Registration is happening now. Click the box below to find a regional near you!

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Braille Challenge Regionals

There are currently 54 Braille Challenge Regionals across the United States and Canada where students can participate in the first stage of the contest.

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The Braille Challenge Logo graphicAre you a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI)?

If you have a student who reads and writes braille, they are eligible to participate in the Braille Challenge! You can proctor the exam for your student. Learn more here.

Register for 2021 Braille Challenge Webinar Series!

Join us for fun, informational, and engaging webinars as we celebrate excellence in braille literacy across North America. View webinars.

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