Braille Events for Children

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In the age of technology, braille is more important than ever. Research shows that there is a strong correlation between braille literacy and employment—even though the braille code was developed nearly 200 years ago. The New England Regional Braille Challenge, a national program of the Braille Institute of America, is a braille reading and writing contest for blind and visually impaired students in grades 1 through 12. It is hosted annually by the Carroll Center for the Blind and is open to all braille students in the six New England states and New York.

New England Regional Braille Challenge

The Braille Challenge is a national competition for school-age children who read and write braille. More than 1,000 braille readers participate in this nationwide competition, promoting the importance of braille literacy through 51 regionals across North America. The Braille Institute developed the Braille Challenge to encourage blind and visually impaired children of all ages to hone their braille skills, which are essential to academic and vocational success in the sighted world.

The Braille Challenge contestants compete in five (5) categories: reading comprehension, spelling, chart & graph reading, proofreading and speed & accuracy. Any grade school student who is blind or visually impaired and reads braille is eligible to participate in the first stage of the contest at one of the 51 Braille Challenge Regionals across the United States and Canada, giving even beginner braille readers a chance to reach their personal best. The top 50 students with the highest scores across North America will be invited to the annual Braille Challenge finals competition in Los Angeles, which will be held on the campus of the University of Southern California in June.

To register for the New England Regional Braille Challenge, please contact our Education Services department at or (617) 969-6200 ext. 204.

Braille Brush-Up Day

For students in all grades, this day program is perfect for polishing your braille skills—it’s also the perfect way to hone your skills before the Braille Challenge. During this one-day program, you’ll improve your skills in braille reading & writing, spelling, proofreading, tactile graphics, and speed brailling instruction in Book Port Plus and/or Victor Reader Stream.

To sign-up for the Braille Brush-Up Day, please contact our Education Services department at or (617) 969-6200 ext. 204.