Release Date: 
Friday, October 1, 2010
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Launches 28th Annual Braille Readers are Leaders Contest

Baltimore, Maryland (October 1, 2010): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), in conjunction with the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille (NAPUB) and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, today launched the 28th annual Braille Readers Are Leaders contest for students grades K-12.  The contest, which seeks to help develop and encourage blind children’s Braille skills, awards cash prizes to blind students based on the number of Braille pages they read.

As in previous years, contest participants will read as many Braille pages as they can in two months (November 1, 2010, through January 4, 2011) to compete for ribbons, cash prizes, and a trip to the 2011 NFB National Convention in Orlando, Florida.  In addition to the contest for K-12 students, the NFB is again offering the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest for adult Braille readers.  Adults will compete for cash prizes, national recognition, and bragging rights! 

“As blind people, we know from personal and empirical evidence that Braille literacy is a key component of success for the blind,” said Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind and a lifelong Braille reader.  “Studies have shown that among blind people who are employed, approximately 85 percent read Braille.  Encouraging blind children to begin learning and reading Braille as early as possible is one of the best things parents and teachers can do to insure the child’s future success.  That is why the National Federation of the Blind has created and continues to sponsor these important Braille literacy programs.”

Registration for the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest begins October 1, 2010.  For detailed information about the contest please visit, e-mail, or call (410) 659-9314, extension 2293.