2019 Wisconsin Regional Braille Challenge

Date and Time: 
Friday, February 15, 2019 - 8:30am to 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1700 West State Street
Janesville, WI 53546
Event Contact: 

Hosted by WCBVI Outreach, Wisconsin’s Regional Braille Challenge is a preliminary contest round and part of the National Braille Challenge sponsored by the Braille Institute of America in Los Angeles, CA.


  • Registration from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM
  • Testing will take place from 8:30 AM. until 1:30 PM.
  • Lunch will be provided.

Categories of Student Competition:

The contest is divided into five academic levels:

  • Grades 1-2: Apprentice
  • Grades 3-4: Freshman
  • Grades 5-6: Sophomore
  • Grades 7-9: Junior Varsity
  • Grades 10-12: Varsity

Students will be scored on their performance in Braille Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Proofreading, Speed and Accuracy, Chart and Graph Reading. All contests will be in Unified English Braille (UEB). Sophomore, Junior Varsity and Varsity students will use the Victor Reader Stream for the speed and accuracy tests.

The top students in the country will be invited to a Final Competition in Los Angeles, California, June 2019. WCBVI will pay for up to two finalists (and one chaperone each) from Wisconsin to attend.

Visit the Braille Challenge website for sample tests or for more information about the Regional and National competitions.

Chaperones: Each student must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 18 years old. Each parent or chaperone may be responsible for a maximum of three students.

Housing: Limited housing will be available on campus Thursday evening for students participating in both the BrailleFest and Braille Challenge events.

Background Checks: All adults staying in the dorm must pass a criminal background check. These can take up to four weeks, so please submit the paperwork in a timely manner.

Transportation: to and from the event in Janesville is the responsibility of the parents or chaperones.