Welcome to the British Columbia Regional Braille Challenge!
This is the official page for the British Columbia Regional Braille Challenge. The BC Regional Braille Challenge is sponsored by PRCVI and hosted by faculty in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education at the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia [Hosted virtually in 2021 - see below]
The Braille Challenge is an international braille reading and writing competition for students with visual impairments. Students compete individually or at regional events located across Canada and the United States.
The 2021 BC Regional Braille Challenge will be held virtually, with events happening throughout February!
Our theme this year is Outer Space. Our virtual Braille Challenge will be out of this world!
While the specifics of the event continue to take shape, one thing is certain - there will be a Braille Challenge in British Columbia in February 2021! Students will compete through virtual competition windows throughout the month, proctored by their teacher of students with visual impairments (see flyer from Braille Institute):
- Week of February 1 - Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Sophomore students write remotely.
- Week of February 8 - Apprentice, Freshmen, and Foundational students write remotely.
- Friday, February 26 - Closing ceremonies via Zoom (9:00 - 11:00 AM PST). We will have games, prizes - coming together while we are apart to celebrate braille and what it means in the lives of students. All the fun of the BC Regional Braille Challenge, just minus the muffins and pizza!
All contest materials will be returned to PRCVI for scoring. Results will be announced during the closing ceremonies on Friday, February 26.
In addition to the five standard competition categories, the BC Regional Braille Challenge invites students who are using braille at more foundational/functional levels to participate in the Foundational Category. Foundational materials are created in consultation with the student's Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments to ensure that the event is fun, meaningful, and challenging for each student. When registering a student for the Foundational Category, please indicate clearly on the registration form. Our content development team will be in touch for more information on the student's literacy profile and preferred content.
Photos from the 2020 BC Regional Braille Challenge