[tabi] Fwd: Invitation to the Florida Braille Challenge, 1/20, 9:30-4:30, 1114 W. Call Street

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  • Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:48:09 -0500

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From: Sue Glaser [mailto:floridabraillechallenge@xxxxxxxxx]

Florida Braille Challenge

Braille Wars 2012

Louis Canewalker lost his sight and learned to see with his fingers. He
longed to have a way to read and write on his own. One day Louis met Charles
Barbier and learned about night writing. Louis used this system to create
his own code, Braille. Finally he could read and write without the help of
sighted people.

In spite of this, the force of Braille was opposed by Emperor Print-a-tine,
Darth Braille-hater and the Imperial Dot-Erasers. They wanted to banish this
new form of reading and writing because it was so different from their own.
So Louis Canewalker used the force of Braille in secret, creating the Rebel
Brailliance to teach and spread Braille to all who wished to learn. The
Braille Wars continued for many years until finally the force of Braille
triumphed to become widely used throughout the universe . . .

Join FIMC-VI at one of four regional Braille Challenge competitions
throughout the State to recognize our students for their Braille reading
accomplishments, motivate them to improve their Braille literacy skills and
promote Braille literacy. Register as an event volunteer, teacher,
administrator, parent, or family member for this Florida Department of
Education approved event. Workshops and activities will be available to
parents and teachers not helping with the Challenge. Learn more about
braille literacy, make a tactile card for your child or student, try out the
latest technology and gadgets.
May the braille be with you!

To Register:

~ North Florida Braille Challenge (Tallahassee): January 20 ~

~ East Florida Braille Challenge (Orlando): February 2 ~

~ South Florida Braille Challenge (Ft. Lauderdale): February 24 ~

~ West Florida Braille Challenge (Tampa): March 2 ~

 <http://www.cvent.com/d/KtUN2u1UXk-AaS6aUU9iCg/d7tg/P1/6X?> View Event
Tentative Agenda:

January 20 - North Florida (Tallahassee)
FSU Visual Disabilities Program
1114 W. Call Street
Tallahassee, 32306

9:30-10:30am Registration and morning refreshments
Braille Book Exchange
Welcome by 501st Legion

10:30-11:00 Pep Rally, Opening Ceremony, Procession of students to testing

11:00-11:45 Session 1 Testing
Technology Workshop for teachers and parents

11:45-12:30 Session 2 Testing
Technology Workshop for teachers and parents

12:30-1:30 LUNCH
Braille Book Exchange, Vendors

1:30-2:15 Session 3 Testing
Tactile Graphics Workshop for teachers and parents

2:15-3:00 Session 4 Testing
Tactile Graphics Workshop for teachers and parents continued

3:00-3:15 Break, Afternoon refreshments
Braille Book Exchange, Vendors

3:15-4:15 Drum Circle, Giving Tree Music

4:15-4:45 Award Ceremony

Florida Braille Challenger Own Braillewriter

All students should bring a braillewriter to the event. Make sure names are
clearly labeled somewhere on the brailler. A limited number of braillers
will be available for back-ups.

*Students in the Pre-Braille, Apprentice, or Freshman levels can use a new
Next Generation brailler.
*Students in the Sophomore, Junior Varsity, or Varsity levels MUST have an
old Perkins brailler (that allows 11 X 11 1/2 paper).

Speed and Accuracy has gone DIGITAL

Students competing at the Sophomore, Junior Varsity, or Varsity level will
be taking the Speed and Accuracy contest. This year the contest will use
digital players - Book Port Plus by APH or Victor Reader Stream by
Humanware, Inc. Here are some things to keep in mind:

1. If your student currently uses one of the approved players, bring it to
the competition. Make sure his/her name is clearly labeled on the device.

2. If your student does not use either device, a Book Port Plus will be
provided at the competition. Your student will have more success if you can
practice with a Book Port Plus ahead of time (available on quota from APH or
borrow one!!).

3. Review the following document about using digital players with your
student before the Challenge:
84c9a829f1d25032d3258.doc> Use of Digital Players.

Pre-Braille Students

The Pre-Braille group is for pre-kindergarten, kindergarden or primary grade
students who are just learning braille. This is NOT a competitive group.
This group is available for the young braille readers to be exposed to the
event, meet positive role models, meet same-aged peers who are learning
braille, and be recognized for their hard work.

TVIs who register a student in the Pre-Braille group should send braille
reading (tracking, discrimination, tactile perception) and writing
activities at their students' level. TVIs should also bring games that can
be played in small groups with the other students.

Ideally, the TVIs should be in the Pre-Braille room with their students.
Extra volunteers are always needed in this group.

*This is not a Braille Challenge category. It is up to TVIs to provide
activities if you want your students to participate.

Braille Resources

Use the
d47f4984d362da9ec2eff.pdf> Braille Challenge Resource List to find ideas to
help your students prepare for the Challenge and visit Braille Institute's
website to learn more about the category levels and contests:

Information is also available at FIMC-VI's website: www.fimcvi.org.

Overview of the Florida Braille Challenge

View this PowerPoint Presentation to learn more about the Florida Braille
34514af8f71f38c901b41.pdf> Overview of Florida Braille Challenge.

Prizes, prizes, prizes! All students competing will receive a goody bag with
a t-shirt, Braille book, APH calendar, Braille game, tactile stickers, and
more! All students who participate will also receive a "medal" at the Award
Ceremony and Florida Braille Challenge certificate.

First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded to each competitive
category. Humanware, Inc. has donated three VictorReader Streams to be used
as prizes and an Intel Reader has also been donated as a prize. Other prizes
include $100 and $50 Visa gift cards, talking IPod Shuffles with ITunes gift
cards, Target gift cards, and more!

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