February 5, 2022

Maryland Regional Braille Challenge

at The Maryland School for the Blind

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Check out this quick video of Melinda Demaris, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, sharing her views on the value of the Maryland Regional Braille Challenge.

What is 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.

Any blind or visually impaired student in grades 1 – 12 who can read and write braille is eligible to participate in the Braille Challenge. 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.

All students can compete in the preliminary Braille Challenge events, which are held 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 Braille Challenge


The 2021 Maryland Regional Braille Challenge will focus on the Expanded Core Curriculum's Career Competencies. Having ECC skills makes “the difference between life and a successful life.” “Students who receive high-quality instruction in the ECC have a ‘richer quality of life’ than do those who do not” (Sapp & Hatlen, p. 2010). Parent training will be offered along with follow up to help you implement newly learned strategies and techniques.

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