The Braille Challenge is the only academic competition of its kind in North America for students who are blind or low vision. 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.
Braille Challenge participants tested both remotely during the month of February and at the in-person Iowa Regional Braille Challenge held on Saturday, February 25th at the Iowa Department for the Blind.
Thank you to our students, proctors and parents for making the 2023 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge such a great success!
Check out our 2023 Braille Challenge Page for more information and this year’s results!
We would also like to send out a huge thank you the South Central (SC) STEM Hub and to all of the organizations that helped make the IDB STEM Festival a success. Exhibitors from around the metro area shared their expertise in STEM, and all the activities were based on the best practices of Universal Design concepts and materials were provided in accessible formats (large print and braille). The goal of the event was to communicate that STEM is all-inclusive and that the best ideas come when diverse minds team up to solve problems. It was an amazing way to end the day!
To help us celebrate the 2023 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge and Braille literacy, we are pleased to work with local, small business The Side Garage this year for the Braille Challenge t-shirt. The theme for 2023 is Braille! Let the Sunshine In.
All shirts are crew neck and short sleeved. Shirts are heather yellow with black lettering. The front of the t-shirt says in print: BRAILLE let the sunshine in., with a graphic of a sun with a smiling face surrounded by sunbeams, hidden in some of the sunbeams is the word braille in braille. The back of the t-shirt says, BRAILLE let the sunshine in, in braille. All sizing is unisex and all shirts are $20.00. Participants of the Braille Challenge will be provided with a t-shirt that have been generously donated by the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.