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NJ Regional Braille Challenge 2020

VISTAS Education Partners and the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey (NFBNJ) are joining forces to host the 2nd annual NJ Regional Braille Challenge.

What: New Jersey Regional Braille Challenge
When: Saturday, February 22, 2020
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Who: Any blind or visually impaired student in grades 1 – 12+ who can read and write braille is eligible to participate in the Braille Challenge.
Where: The Reformed Church of Highland Park
19 South 2nd Ave
Highland Park, NJ
Registration: Complete and return the NJ Regional Permission Form to the email address provided. The deadline to register is Jan 15th. Space is limited. Early registration is strongly recommended.


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.

All contestants are divided into five categories and tested on fundamental braille skills such as reading comprehension, spelling, speed and accuracy, proofreading, and charts and graphs. Contests are proctored by volunteer Teachers of the Visually Impaired and scored locally by volunteer transcribers, based on national guidelines.

More than 1,400 braille readers across participate in regional Braille Challenge competitions from January through the end of March throughout the United States and Canada, but only 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. The 2020 Braille Challenge National Finals will happen on June 26 and 27 at the University of Southern California.

The NJ Regional Braille Challenge will include workshops for parents/guardians, food and fun for participants, and guest speakers! Further details about the schedule of activities will be provided soon.

See highlights from last year’s NJ Regional Braille Challenge at

To access Braille Challenge practice materials, visit


For more info, email Monique Coleman at or call 732-835-6672.

Let’s Rock the Braille Challenge in New Jersey!!

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