The Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School District, in partnership with ASVI (Alberta Society of the Visually Impaired) held the 15th annual Alberta Braille Challenge on Mar. 8, 2019 at Kingsland Centre. Twenty-three students participated and seven students travelled from all over Alberta to attend.
Congratulations to this year’s winners who have qualified for the finals, which will take place on June 21-22 at the University of Southern California.
- Habiba H., University School
- Caden J., Red Deer
- Veda B., St. Albert
The Braille Challenge is the only academic competition of its kind in North America for students who are blind or visually impaired. The Braille Institute developed the competition as a way 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. Contestants are tested on fundamental braille skills such as reading comprehension, spelling, speed and accuracy, proofreading, and charts and graphs.
Students from all across Canada and the United States participate in the preliminary rounds. The top-scoring 50 are invited to Los Angeles in June for the final round. The Braille Institute will fly the student and a guardian to Los Angeles to participate.