Feel the Magic of Braille with the Iowa Regional Braille Challenge 2022 T-Shirt!

Front of the t-shirt: says in print, The Magic of Braille, with a graphic of a cauldron with books piled on top surrounded by stars.To help us celebrate the 2022 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 2022 is The Magic of Braille.

All shirts are crew neck and short sleeved.  Shirts are heather black with gold lettering.  The front of the t-shirt says in print: The Magic of Braille, with a graphic of a cauldron with books piled on top surrounded by stars.  The back of the t-shirt says, The Magic of Braille, 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.

All proceeds from the t-shirt sales will benefit the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and future Braille Challenges.

We are taking orders until Monday, February 14, 2022.  You can choose to have your t-shirt shipped directly to you or pick up at Braille Challenge on Saturday, February 26th at the Iowa Department for the Blind.  If you will not be at the event, please have the shirt shipped directly to you.

Feel the Magic of Braille and order a t-shirt today!

 

2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge

Braille Challenge LogoWe 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

For more information check out the 2022 Braille Challenge Page

Save the Date! 2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge

SAVE THE DATEBraille Challenge Logo

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:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Speed and Accuracy
  • Proofreading
  • 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 library@blind.state.ia.us or 515-281-1323.

#brailleiowa and the Braille Rumble

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

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

For more information about the Braille Challenge check out our Braille Challenge page

The Iowa Regional Braille Challenge Is On The Way!

The Iowa Regional Braille Challenge is quickly approaching!  Testing for students will be 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. 

We have a lot planned to help us celebrate Braille and the Braille Challenge!


Virtual Opening Ceremony and Awards Ceremony for Braille Challenge participants, their families, and educators.

Virtual Opening Ceremony:  Monday, February 1st at 6:30pm
Virtual Awards Ceremony:  Saturday, March 27th at 10:00am

Registration


Parent Sessions  Registration

Monday, February 8that 5:30 p.m.  
Virtual Parent Session:  How Students Can Use Bookshare and BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)

Monday, February 15th at 5:30 p.m.  
Virtual Parent Session: Braille Tech: eReaders, Notetakers and More

Monday, February 22nd at 5:30 p.m.  
Virtual Parent Session: Get to Know Your Youth Library and Librarian: programs, services and opportunities


Braille Institute Webinar Series

The Braille Institute will also be offering a Braille Challenge Webinar Series.  These are free to attend and open to all.


Braille Challenge T-Shirts

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 February 10, 2021

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

Let’s make 2021 a great year for students participating in the Braille Challenge!

For more information about the Braille Challenge check out our Braille Challenge page