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Subject: Regional Braille Challenge

Source: Stephen Barr, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs), Special Education Directors, and/or Parents of Visually Impaired Students  

Date: January 21, 2014

Missouri School for the Blind (MSB), 3815 Magnolia, St. Louis, is hosting a Regional Braille Challenge on February 27, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Braille Challenge, sponsored by the Braille Institute, is an academic contest for braille readers.  The student will demonstrate their grade-level braille skills in the areas of spelling, reading comprehension, proofreading, speed and accuracy, as well as charts and graphs.  This is a contest, not a test.  It is meant to be enjoyed and serve as a reward for students who have worked hard to improve their braille skills.   Information about Braille Challenge is posted on the MSB website at http://msb.dese.mo.gov/ including a downloadable permission form.  Students wishing to participate must have a parent or guardian complete the permission form and mail or fax it to MSB no later than January 27, 2014.  MSB's mailing address and fax number are on the permission form.

Each participant must provide their own Perkins Brailler (ANY manual brailler is allowed-Next Generation, Light Touch, or Classic Perkins).  Students participating in the Speed and Accuracy challenge (Varsity, Junior Varsity, or Sophomore levels) must have a Victor Stream or Book Port Plus with ear buds or headphones.  Students may visit The Braille Challenge website at http://www.braillechallenge.org/ to review contest descriptions and download practice contests.  

If you have any questions about the St. Louis Regional contest, feel free to contact The Braille Challenge Coordinator, Linda Havlik at 314-776-4320 ext. 4152 or linda.havlik@msb.dese.mo.gov.