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New England Regional Braille Challenge

Join us for this year’s virtual Annual 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 54 regionals across North America. Any blind or visually impaired student in grades 1 through 12 who can read and write braille is eligible to participate in the Braille Challenge.

The New England Regional Braille Challenge will take place on February 6, 2021 as a virtual Zoom event from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

For more information on this year’s New England Regional Braille Challenge, contact Emily Cohen at (617) 969-6200 ext. 204.

  • Contestant must have access to internet and a device to video conference in Zoom (Zoom account not required).
  • A parent or household member must be present with the contestant during the entire testing.
  • Contests must be picked up or will be mailed to the contestant. The seal on the packaging must not be broken until the virtual proctoring has begun and the Proctor can view the package being opened via video conference.
  • Once contests are complete, they must be packed and returned to the New England Regional Coordinator at the Carroll Center. (All contest materials must be returned, even if not used)

  • Contestants must have access to a Perkins brailler.
    • If you do not have access to a Perkins brailler at home, you may request a brailler on loan to pick up with your contests.
  • Braille paper to braille contest answers will be provided.
  • For Sophomore, Junior Varsity, and Varsity categories (5th-12th grades) you must use either a Victor Reader Stream, Victor Reader Trek, or Bookport Plus device for the Speed & Accuracy portion of testing.
    • If you do not have access to those devices at home, please indicate that on the permission form and a Bookport Plus or a Victor Reader will be provided for you.
    • An optional Bookport Plus and Victor Reader training will be available ahead of time.

  • Contestants must pick up their contests at The Carroll Center. If you cannot pick up your contest in person, you must specify so on your permission form and they will be shipped to you to arrive by February 1st. Contest boxes MUST NOT be opened prior to joining the contest video meeting on February 6th. (If the seal is broken prior to the virtual contest on February 6th, your child may still participate, but scores will not be submitted to Braille Institute of America.)
  • Once you have joined the meeting on February 6th, the Proctor will instruct you to open your contest box.

Each contestant will be joining a video meeting where up to 4 other contestants in their age group will be testing at the same time. A Proctor and a Proctor Assistant will lead the meeting and provide instructions.

Contestants must return their contests by delivering in person or mailing to the Carroll Center by Wednesday, February 10th.

Winners will be announced via a livestream Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:00pm. A direct link will be shared. All students who complete testing will be provided a goodie bag. Winners for each age category will win a prize. Prizes and goodie bags will be shipped or delivered to students.

Students must register by January 15, 2021. Please email emily.cohen@carroll.org to register and acquire a permission form.

Event Details

When: Saturday, February 6, 2021

From: 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

Where: Online