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The National Organization of Professionals In Blindness Education (PIBE) is hosting a braille reading contest. If you read three books (or more) by May 31 and complete a reading log, you could win $25.

Details can be found below, or on the contest’s Facebook page.


Through its philosophy and programs, the National Federation of the blind demonstrates an unwavering dedication to braille literacy. The NFB-BELL program is now in 24 states, ­introducing young blind children to braille and other blindness skills, showing them that Braille proficiency creates lifelong literacy!

The National Organization of Professionals in Blindness Education (PIBE), an organization comprised of teachers of blind students and other blindness education professionals, is launching a campaign to encourage Braille reading and to increase awareness about the NFB BELL programs. Our campaign is open to blind students and adults, as well as sighted parents and teachers of blind students. It should be noted that ALL READING IS TO OCCUR IN BRAILLE.

Registration for the Braille for NFB BELL program is free, and registrants must read at least 3 books between April 1 and May 31st to qualify for the drawing of prizes to be given by PIBE. Any donations to the National Federation of the Blind and any of its programs—such as our Imagination Fund—are always welcome. The “Imagination Fund” is used by the National Federation of the Blind to fund many initiatives, including NFB BELL and the My First Cane program. Your generosity makes literacy and independence possible for the next generation of blind children and youth!

Please join us in promoting Braille reading, showing people of all ages that reading is exciting, and, most importantly, through individual and collective action, proclaiming that Braille Rocks! Please see below for contest rules, as well as the attached entry form and reading log.

  1. Complete the entry form (linked below) and e-mail it to brl4bell@yahoo.com.
  2. Reading begins April 1 and will end June 1, 2014. PLEASE NOTE: All books are to be read in Braille. Refreshable Braille devices may be used as long as any audio functionality is not utilized.
  3. Complete your reading log (linked below) and email it to brl4bell@yahoo.com no later than June 5, 2014.
  4. First and second place winners from each of the three categories (Elementary School Student, Middle School or High School Student, and College Student or Adult (not enrolled in school/teacher) will be drawn. NOTE: In order to be eligible for prizes, contestants MUST complete a reading log demonstrating evidence of having read at least three verifiable book titles. Prizes will be awarded by the Professionals In Blindness Education (PIBE) division.
  5. A contestant’s name will be entered into the drawing once for each book completed. If a book is over 100 Braille pages, the name will be entered once for each additional 100 Braille pages. For contestants in the elementary category, this will be done for each 50 Braille pages.
  6. Who may enter? Blind students, blind adults, sighted teachers of blind students, and sighted parents of blind children

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Corbb O'Connor
Corbb, a blind entrepreneur, coordinates the outreach and marketing efforts for the Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University as an independent consultant.

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