Braille Monitor               December 2023

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Braille Books and Contest Cash

by Sandy Halverson

Sandy HalversonFrom the Editor: It is hard to know of any way we could find a better partner than the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults. Many of us have taken advantage of the annual Braille calendar since we can remember; we grew up, were read to, and were fascinated by Twin Vision® books. How many of us thought that as children we would get to actually work with the fine people who made these things happen in our lives? Enjoy what one of our finest volunteers has to say about our Braille reading contest:

The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults and the National Federation of the Blind are excited to announce our 2023-2024 Braille Readers Are Leaders contest where you get to decide what Braille books you want to read—whether a few pages or the entire book, magazine, or article—and the only thing you have to do is keep track of when you start and stop each day you read. Contest registration is now open at, and after completing the registration process and logging your first sixty minutes, a T-shirt will be sent to you as quickly as possible so you can wear it during the contest and tell your friends and family about Braille and the importance of literacy to blind people.

Each student in kindergarten through twelfth grade who registers and logs minutes spent daily reading books or magazines in Braille earns badges, access to leader boards for comparison with other peers across the country, and cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners in each category. Adult Braille readers earn cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners and a T-shirt but no additional prizes. For the past two years, the American Printing House for the Blind has provided two twenty-cell Braille notetakers as a grand prize for one adult and one student. We do not know yet what our grand prizes will be for our current contest participants, but the more you read, the more often your name is entered into the drawing.

We recognize there are times when technology is not your friend, no matter how many videos you may watch or what that email said, so if questions arise, email [email protected] and one of our volunteers will provide assistance.
Several members in the most recent NFB Teachers of Tomorrow Program expressed interest in contest participation, so this will be our first year for having a teachers-of-blind-students category.

We welcome all supporters of Braille literacy, and there is no better way to improve proficiency than taking advantage of those minutes spent reading Braille daily. Of course, winning is the goal, but every minute participating is a win as you improve your Braille and learn what so wonderfully comes to life under your fingers.

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