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Braille Challenge

Braille Challenge 2024

Year after year, the Braille Challenge provides braille readers an opportunity to hone their braille and tactile graphics reading skills. The Braille Institute’s Braille Challenge web page is still updating with 2024 information, but the information below should help participants prepare for the contest in the meantime.

In-person competition

On February 10, 2024, the Maryland School for the Blind will host a regional Braille Challenge contest. This year, the Maryland Braille Challenge boasts a LEGO theme: We Build Our Future with Braille!

Dozens of students, families, educators, and other allies will join together at the Maryland School for the Blind on Saturday, February 10 from 9 am until 4 pm. They will have events for children ages 3-5 and grades 1-5 alongside the braille competition and workshops for parents. All participants receive lunch, prizes and more! It will be a fabulous day, and at the Maryland Bridges Technical Assistance Center look forward to reconnecting with our friends and making new friends that day! Sign up for the 2024 Maryland Regional Braille Challenge.

Individual teacher-proctored competition

Of course, not everyone who wants to participate can attend. Illness, transportation issues, and other obstacles can keep great students from engaging in the Braille Challenge contest. But that’s not a problem!

You can enter the 2024 Braille Challenge contest without attending the Maryland Braille Challenge. The Braille Institute (the agency that coordinates the Braille Challenge nationwide) offers INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATIONS. Your teacher of blind/low vision students (TVI) can complete the Braille Challenge Preliminary Contest Request Form for Teachers (when it becomes available), and the Braille Institute will send the tests to your school for your teacher to administer to you.

Please note: you may NOT participate in both the regional challenge and as an individual. However, if you missed the Maryland Regional Braille Challenge, this is a great opportunity to still participate!

If you want to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact your TVI as soon as possible (and share the Braille Challenge Teacher Information page). The Braille Challenge Individual Registration deadline is March 1, 2024

Preparing for the competition

Contest Age Groups

  • Apprentice (1st and 2nd grades)
  • Freshman (3rd and 4th grades)
  • Sophomore (5th and 6th grades)
  • Junior Varsity (7th, 8th and 9th grades)
  • Varsity (10th, 11th and 12th grades)

To prepare for the contest, you might want to download some of the sample contest files:

More Braille Challenge information

Participant Information (for Students and Parents)

Information for Teachers

List of Regional Competitions

  • Usually, you do not need to be a resident of the state in which you enter a regional competition
  • HOWEVER, each participant may only engage in the preliminary competition ONCE per year.

Bridges Technical Assistance Center

We at the Bridges Technical Assistance Center LOVE the Braille Challenge! Our Program Coordinator, Chris Nusbaum, has won the Maryland Regional and has competed on the national level multiple times, and, year after year, our Director, Carlton Anne Cook Walker, has supported and cheered on her students in Maryland and other regional contests!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Contact the Bridges Helpdesk for More Information

Our Accessible web form


Text: Send to: (410) 357-1546

Voice mail: Call (410) 357-1546, leave a voice mail message, and we will return your call

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

Updated as of November 25, 2023.

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