Bridges Resource Library


Updated as of February 19, 2024.

Check out these contests – some exclusively available for individuals who are blind or who have low vision and others. Pay attention to the deadlines; you don’t want to miss out!

Ongoing Blindness/Low Vision Contest

Freedom Scientific K-12 Student of the Month Program

The Freedom Scientific K-12 Student of the Month Program offers K-12 students the opportunity to highlight the benefits they enjoy using Freedom Scientific accessible assistive technology tools.

Ongoing contest; one student is chosen each month.

Prizes include a $300 Amazon gift card, a five-year license of JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion software, and a free, refurbished computer along with a free Home Annual license of JAWS or ZoomText.

Find out more in our Bridges Resource Library Freedom Scientific K-12 Student of the Month Program entry.

Time-specific with Deadlines Blindness/Low Vision Contests

March 1 deadline: Braille Challenge

Year after year, the Braille Challenge provides braille readers an opportunity to hone their braille and tactile graphics reading skills. Here are some fast facts about the Braille Challenge in Maryland, but you can find out more in our Bridges Resource Library Braille Challenge entry.

In-person competition

The Maryland School for the Blind hosted a regional Braille Challenge contest, Maryland Braille Challenge, on February 10, 2024. The theme was a LEGO theme: We Build Our Future with Braille!

Individual teacher-proctored competition

Of course, not everyone who wants to participate can attend. Students may enter the 2024 Braille Challenge contest through March 1, 2024.

Find out more in our Bridges Resource Library Braille Challenge entry.

March 29 deadline: APH InSights Art Contest

“Since 1992, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has hosted an art contest for artists who happen to be blind. Both amateur and professional artists from around the world enter their artwork in a juried art competition. Original works of 2-dimensional art, sculpture, or craft, are considered each year.” APH InSights Art web page.

Only ONE entry per person per year of “original works of 2-dimensional art, sculpture, or craft, are considered.”

Deadline: March 29, 2024; prizes are awarded.

Find out more in our Bridges Resource Library APH InSights Art Contest entry.

2024 deadline has passed: Braille Readers Are Leaders

This contest is now closed, but, each year, it provides an opportunity to win prizes for reading braille. Open to blind/low vision students and adults as well as to teachers of blind students, participants log the number of minutes they read braille between December and January.

In addition to prizes for different levels of reading minutes, participants may compete for cash prizes in their category (grade/experience level).

Find out more in our Bridges Resource Library Braille Readers Are Leaders entry.

2024 deadline has passed: BADIE Contest

The Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) contest offers students ages 7-21 the opportunity to win gift cards and an iPad mini. The contest involves watching an audio-described show and writing an essay review.

Find out more in our Bridges Resource Library BADIE Contest entry.

Other Contests for Maryland Students

Varying deadlines: Maryland History Day

Throughout Maryland, students will compete in District Contests in February and March, focusing on the 2024 Maryland History Day Contest theme, “Turning Points in History.” The contest seeks to support middle and high school students “spark[] critical thinking, and helps develop skills in research and analysis, writing, and public speaking.” Categories include: Documentary, Exhibit, Paper, Performance, and Website. Registration Deadline for Maryland History Day registration deadline: April 3, 2024; Project Upload deadline April 10, 2023.

Find out more in our Bridges Resource Library Maryland History Day entry.

Registration deadline has passed: American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Competition

On a national level, the American Legion awards more than $200,000 in scholarships to winners of its Oratorical Scholarship Competition. Maryland conducts the American Legion, Department of Maryland ​Oratorical Scholarship Competition “To develop knowledge and appreciation of the United States Constitution, the ability to think and speak clearly and critically, and the acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.”

​Find out more in our Bridges Resource Library American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Competition entry.

Other Contests

There are many, many contests offered for high school students each year. Contact your guidance office and your teachers to find out about more contest opportunities.

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Text: Send to: (410) 357-1546

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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.

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