NYC Department
of Education

NYC Braille Challenge 

New Location for 2024!

On Saturday, February 3rd, the NYC Braille Challenge will be in an exciting new location. We thank PS/IS 49Q, the Dorothy Bonawit Kole School in Middle Village, Queens for hosting us. For our 9th year, we will be having our Braille competition, the Braille Experience, and lots of surprises for our participants and their families. Come for the Braille, stay for the fun and learning. 


What is the Braille Challenge? 

The Braille Challenge® is a national program of the Braille Institute® hosted by regional schools and agencies that serve children who are blind and visually impaired. It is the only national braille literacy competition of its kind in the country, and is specifically designed to challenge and reward students who are blind for their study of braille. The categories of the competition include reading comprehension, writing speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling, and reading tactile charts and graphs. Braille literacy is an essential component of our students' academic and future success.  This year we hope to send our finalists to the national Braille Challenge in Los Angeles, CA! 

Educational Vision Services (EVS) is currently planning the 8th Annual NYC Braille Challenge. EVS is an organization within the New York City Department of Education employing teachers of the visually impaired, orientation and mobility specialists, and paraprofessionals. EVS supports students who are blind and visually impaired from ages 5 to 21 throughout the five boroughs. 

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Image: Braille Challenge/Institute logo.