We are excited to announce the 2022 Braille Challenge Page has been updated with the most current information about the event and how to register.
This year’s theme, chosen by the students, is The Magic of Braille.
Watch for more blog posts and updates to the 2022 Braille Challenge Page and for information about how to order this year’s Iowa Braille Challenge t-shirt.
2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022 (snow date Saturday, March 5, 2022) Where: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 Testing Remotely: Students can also test remotely with their TVI or paraeducator. The remote testing window runs from February 1, 2022 – February 18, 2022 Registration Due: Tuesday, January 25
2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the Iowa Department for the Blind
The Braille Challenge is the only academic competition of its kind in North America for students who are blind or visually impaired. Braille Institute launched the Braille Challenge in 2000 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 first through twelfth grades who can read and write braille is eligible to participate in the preliminary Braille Challenge regional events. All contestants are tested on fundamental braille skills such as:
Speed and Accuracy
Charts and Graphs
We will have an exciting day of testing and prizes, as well as, parent sessions and sibling activities and finish up the day with a STEM Fest!
For Braille Challenge Finals, 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! (Braille Challenge finals were remote in 2020 due to COVID-19.)
Practice Contests The Braille Challenge is designed to encourage students to practice their braille literacy skills. To hone your skills and prepare for the contest, see sample contests here.
Watch the Braille Challenge page of our blog for more details on the upcoming Braille Challenge.
Questions? Contact the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-281-1323.
The 2021 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge is coming to a close. We would like to congratulate all of our participants and send them the Braille Rumble cheer as they finish up their testing for the Challenge.
Testing for students was held during a remote testing window of February 1, 2021 – February 28, 2021. 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.
Our final Iowa Braille Challenge event will be the Virtual Awards Ceremony for Braille Challenge participants, their families, and educators on Saturday, March 27th at 10:00am. Registration
It is not too late to order your Braille Challenge T-Shirt!
To help us celebrate the Braille Challenge and Braille literacy, we are pleased to work with Raygun this year for the Braille Challenge t-shirt. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and future Braille Challenges.
All shirts are crew neck and short-sleeved. The shirts are heather red with white lettering. The front of the t-shirt says in print: #brailleiowa. The back of the t-shirt says the same thing in Braille. All adult sizing is unisex and all shirts are $15.00. T-shirts will be mailed to the address you provide on the order form. Participants of the Braille Challenge will be provided with a t-shirt. Orders can be placed until Friday, February 26th. T-shirt Order Form