North Texas Regional Braille Challenge

  • NEW!! - Michelle Garrett Teacher of the Year for Excellence in Braille Instruction

    As part of The North Texas Regional Braille Challenge, ESC Region 11 is honoring Michelle Garrett by creating an annual recognition for teachers of students with visual impairments in Region 11. Michelle Garrett demonstrated her passion for teaching braille through her work as a teacher of students with visual impairments and her service in establishing and leading the annual Regional Braille Challenge event for ESC Region 11. Any teacher of the visually impaired in Region 11 can be nominated by peers, students, parents, or others.  This award will be presented at the Regional Braille Challenge Event.  Please use the following form to nominate a teacher: 

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  • NEW!! Rookie Category

    We have added a new testing category this year! The Rookie category is for students who may be new to braille or just not ready for the Sophomore level test. This category will be highly individualized and will require the TVI’s assistance to create test that are appropriate. The Rookie level test will be a locally created testing level and will not be considered to attend the National Braille Challenge. You may leave the testing information blank on the Braille Challenge Permission Form, however we still need the form for the photo and liability release. 

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Braille Challenge of North Texas

  • Join us on February 9, 2018 as blind and visually impaired students from across North Texas come together to test their braille skills in an academic competition unlike any other. The students will take part in The North Texas Regional Braille Challenge, which is one of more than 40 partner agencies participating in Braille Institute’s North American braille literacy program. 
    The Braille Challenge® is the only academic competition for blind students in the United States and Canada. It was developed by Braille Institute of America to encourage blind children of all ages to fine-tune their braille skills, which are essential to their academic and employment success in the sighted world. More than 1,000 students participated in 2014.
    During the competition, participants, ages 6 to 19, will compete in five challenging categories requiring them to read braille, and type braille using a device called a Perkins Brailler. Each category is designed to test their braille skills in several areas—reading comprehension, braille spelling, chart and graph reading, proofreading and braille speed and accuracy. Regional prize sponsors include Humanware, National Braille Press and Seedlings Braille Books for Children.
    The North Texas Regional Braille Challenge is the first step on the road to the national competition, which will be held in June at Braille Institute’s headquarters in Los Angeles. Students are completing preliminary testing this winter in hopes of qualifying for the top 50 spots available in the national competition and the opportunity to compete against the top blind students from across the United States and Canada. 
    Of all the literacy issues in America, braille literacy is the most underrated and overlooked. Advances in technology have not replaced the need for blind children to learn to read using this vital medium, which was created by Louis Braille in 1824. Studies show that only 30 percent of blind adults gain full-time employment, but 90 percent of those who beat the odds are braille readers.
    If you would like additional information on the event or any of the participants, please contact: 
    Stephanie Walker, ESC 11, or
    Perkie Cannon, ESC 11,
  • Tentative Agenda

    8:30-9:30 Check in

    9:00-9:30 Opening Ceremony

    9:30-12:30 Testing Sessions

    12:30-1:30 Lunch

    1:30-2:30 Awards