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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the iBraille Challenge app?

A: The iBraille Challenge app for iPad provides students who are blind with a digital platform to practice their braille literacy skills. The app is designed to be used with a refreshable braille display. All tests follow the same form and format as the annual paper-based Braille Challenge® and give students the ability to practice self-administered tests and get feedback on their performance.

Q: Do I need substantial tech knowledge to utilize it?

A: No. Simply download the app from the iTunes store to your iPad and select the Sign-Up button on the login page. New users will be asked to set up an account by providing their email address and some broad information relating to their age, grade, school and experience reading/writing in braille. Your email address will be your username and you will receive a ve-digit passcode by email to use as your password. Upon initial login, each student selects their current grade range:

Apprentice:1st – 2nd grade
Freshman:3rd – 4th grade
Sophomore:5th – 6th grade
Junior Varsity:7th – 9th grade
Varsity:10th – 12th grade

Q: Does the app pair with all refreshable displays?

A: Yes, the app works with 100% of the braille displays that are compatible with the iPad.

Q: Will you provide technical support?

A: The app contains tutorial audio/videos and thorough, accessible instructions that can be emailed to the user. Visit our website at https://www.brailleinstitute.org/ibraille-challenge-app for more information, instructions, tutorials and other materials.

Q: Are Braille Challenge Regionals going away?

A: No, they are not. The app is first being launched as a practice tool designed to be used by individual students at any time. We are marrying digital and braille literacy in order to provide students with an option that reflects the technology being used today, i.e. smart devices, refreshable displays, etc. The Braille Challenge Regionals will have the opportunity to include technology as an option to take the contest in the near future. The BC National Advisory Committee will meet in June to develop a timeline and procedures to integrate the app into the contest format.

Q: Is there an equipment loaner program for iPads and/or refreshable displays?

A: Not as of now. As we get closer to integrating the app into the actual contest format, we will be working with BC Regionals regarding access to tech equipment.

Q: What Braille Challenge contests does it mirror?

A: This app was built to replicate four of the five test types that are used in The National Braille Challenge: Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Speed & Accuracy, and Proofreading.

Q: When will it be available in the iTunes store?

A: It will be available in April 2018.

Q: Who should I contact if I have more questions?

A: If you have further questions please contact Sergio Oliva, Director of Youth Services, via e-mail at soliva@brailleinstitute.org