2022 Denver Metro Virtual Braille Challenge

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

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

Due to COVID-19 related circumstances, the February 2022 Denver Metro contest will be held virtually - there will not be an in-person event.

Contact Debbie Haberkorn with any questions: dhaberkorn@csdb.org; (719) 578-2197.

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

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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. 

Step 1: TVIs, please contact Debbie Haberkorn in the CIMC with your forecasted number of participants. Include the contest level for each of your students. Contact  Debbie Haberkorn at dhaberkorn@csdb.org; (719) 578-2197.

Step 2: Submit a completed Permission (Registration) Form for each student. A link to this fillable Form is below.

Registration Deadline

January 17, 2022 is the registration deadline for the 2022 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. 

Please remember that ALL participants, including the Rookie category, need to have a Permission (Registration) Form submitted to the CIMC.

TVIs will be Proctoring the Tests

MANDATORY: TVIs must participate in a proctor training before administering any portion of the contest. Debbie will offer a morning and afternoon online training via the Zoom video conferencing platform on February 1st.  Please contact Debbie at dhaberkorn@csdb.org if you need to schedule an alternate date or time.

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 at dhaberkorn@csdb.org; (719) 578-2195.

Contest Levels:

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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)

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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. 

The National Braille Institute Braille Challenge is co-sponsored by Humanware and Mattel!