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Braille Readers Are Leaders (BRAL) Contest

The National Federation of the Blind of Missouri in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind of  Illinois, the NFB Jernigan Institute and The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, again announces the annual Nation-wide Braille Readers Are Leaders (BRAL) contest for kids. Students must be K-12, and must reside in a state registered for the contest. Entrants compete to read the most Braille pages, going against other students in similar grades across all participating states. The contest runs for seven weeks, encouraging students to be proud of their Braille reading ability and to work to improve their Braille skills -- while possibly winning prizes in the process.

A thumbnail sketch of the contest:

  • For each student who enters, a certifying official (parent, teacher, etc.) must fill out and submit a registration form. This can be done as early as November 1 2018 and as late as January 19 2019.

  • Students enter in one of five grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, & 9-12.

  • Participants record Braille pages read between December 1 2018 and January 19 2019 on a reading log.

  • The certifying official must submit the completed reading log form by February 2 2019.

  • Prizes in each grade category are: first, $25; second, $15; third, $10.

  • Every contestant, whether a winner or not, will receive a gift bag of Braille-related items at the end of the contest.

  • To get the complete contest rules, registration form, and the reading log form, visit the website, http://www.nfbofillinois.org/nationwide-bral-contest.


The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.