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2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge

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      Event Location: 
      524 4th Street, Des Moines, IA
      Event Date: 
      February 26, 2022 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
      Archive date: 
      Saturday, December 10, 2022
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      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.