2022 is Alive with the Sound of Braille Music!
FIMC-VI is planning in-person Florida Regional Braille Challenge events with all the usual hands-on, interactive activities in the morning for students and families to enjoy as well as morning refreshments, vendors sharing resources and technology, a braille book fair, lunch, drum circle, and awards. Bill McCann, an energetic guest speaker, music braille reader and musician will share “7 Little Steps to Braille Music Literacy” with parents.
The deadline for students to register for any of the Florida Regional events is December 15 so that FIMC-VI can order contests, student t-shirts, goody bags, materials, etc. and plan for food and refreshments. Permission forms will be posted when they become available. Family members, teachers, volunteers, paraprofessionals, administrators, vendors, etc. must register online to confirm attendance. A student permission form only registers the student. It does NOT mean that parents or any other guests are registered.
The BRAILLE CHALLENGE is a national program of the Braille Institute® hosted by regional schools and agencies that serve blind and visually impaired children. It is the only national braille literacy competition of its kind in the country, and is specifically designed to challenge and reward blind students for their study of braille, which is essential to their future academic and employment success. Regional students who score among the top 50 nationally are invited to Braille Institute in Los Angeles for a final competition!
How can I help my student(s) prepare for the Florida Regional Braille Challenge competition?
Braille Institute can help! They have several years of past contests available to download for students to practice. Braille and print files are included so you don’t have to transcribe anything. You will need an embosser. TVIs can browse the old contests to help decide which grade level is most appropriate for your student. Go to https://brailleinstitute.org/braille-challenge/sample-contests to view and download practice contests.
For students taking the Sophomore, Junior Varsity, or Varsity contest, make sure they know how to use a digital player (Book Port Plus or VictorReader Stream) and practice, practice, practice! They should be able to start/stop, rewind/fast forward, adjust volume, adjust speed, plug into a power source, charge device to full power for testing day.
Practice with Braille Institute’s iBraille Challenge App! All the information you need to get started is at https://brailleinstitute.org/ibraille-challenge-app. The app is only available on the App Store for iPad. (It is currently being updated, but check back.)
Three Regional events to choose from:
January 21 - Tampa
February 4 - Orlando
February 18 - Jacksonville
March 4 - Ft. Launderdale