Any blind or visually impaired student in first through twelfth grades who can read and write braille is eligible to participate in the Braille Challenge. Contestants are divided into five categories and tested on fundamental braille skills such as:
- Reading Comprehension
- Speed and Accuracy
- Charts and Graphs
Regional 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 typically held from January through mid-March throughout the United States, Canada and now the United Kingdom but only the top 50 students (10 in each category) with the highest scores are invited for the final round – two days of competition, camaraderie and fun!