Denver Metro Virtual Braille Challenge

Colorado hosts two regional Braille Challenge Contests; one in Colorado Springs, and one in the Denver Metro area.

This year, the Denver Metro contest will be held virtually - no travel to Denver will be required.

This web page is specific to the Denver Metro Virtual Braille Challenge contest. 

If you have questions related to the Colorado Springs contest, please contact Jamie Lugo, Principal in the School for the Blind, at jlugo@csdb.org.

Forecast Your Student Participants

The planning committee needs to order a specific number of tests for each level based on forecasting numbers submitted by TVIs in Colorado's public schools. 

If you have already contacted Debbie Haberkorn in the CIMC with your forecasted number of participants, please proceed with filling out the Permission (Registration) Form linked below.

If you have additional students interested in participating that need to be included in our forecasting numbers, please contact  Debbie Haberkorn immediately at dhaberkorn@csdb.org, or call her at (719) 578-2197.

Registration Deadline

January 15th is the registration deadline for the Denver Metro Virtual Braille Challenge Contest, which is open to all students, in all school districts, across Colorado. The Permission (Registration) Form developed by the Braille Institute of America is linked below. 

TVIs will be Proctoring the Tests

MANDATORY: TVIs must participate in the proctor training provided by the Braille Institute. Debbie emailed all TVIs on 1/7/2021 with detailed instructions. Please contact Debbie at dhaberkorn@csdb.org if you need additional assistance.

The Rookie group activities do not involve the need for proctor training.

Additional Information

Check this website page for updated information. Contact Debbie with questions.

Thank you.

Contest Levels:

Apprentice (Grades 1-2)

Uncontracted or Contracted

  • Spelling
  • Proofreading
  • Reading Comprehension

Freshman (Grades 3-4)

Contracted only

  • Spelling 
  • Proofreading
  • Reading Comprehension

Sophomore (Grades 5-6)

Contracted only

  • Speed and Accuracy
  • Proofreading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Charts and Graphs

Junior Varsity (Grades 7-9)

Contracted only

  • Speed and Accuracy
  • Proofreading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Charts and Graphs

Varsity . (Grades 10-12)

Contracted only

  • Speed and Accuracy
  • Proofreading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Charts and Graphs

Rookie Group Activities (non-competitive category)

The Rookie Group is not a category of the National Braille Challenge contest; but an additional, non-competitive, category comprised of a variety of fun activities developed by Colorado TVIs and our Colorado planning committee so that students of all levels can celebrate braille.