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NJ Regional Braille Challenge 2020

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

Calling all New Jersey braille readers in grades 1-12! The 2nd annual New Jersey Regional Braille Challenge is coming soon! Braille readers of all abilities who can read at least at a 1st grade level are encouraged to participate.

When:

Saturday, February 22, 2020
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

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.

Here’s the link to the registration form: https://bit.ly/2QAnQ6Z

The deadline to register is Jan 15th. Space is limited. Early registration is strongly recommended.

The NJ Regional Braille Challenge will be a full day of fun featuring braille reading and writing contests, prizes, speakers, hands on activities, and technology demos. Every student who completes the Braille Challenge will receive prizes and gifts valued at over $50!

Students are encouraged to prepare for the Braille Challenge using the sample contests at https://www.brailleinstitute.org/braille-challenge.

For more info, email Monique Coleman at monique@vistaseducation.com or call 732-835-6672.

About the Braille Challenge:

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.

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

– The NJ Regional Braille Challenge Team

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