Future Reflections         Convention Report 2010

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2010 winners of Braille Readers Are Leaders at conventionThe National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille, and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children are pleased to announce the twenty-eighth annual Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest. The contest encourages children in grades K-12 to be proud of their ability to read Braille and to work to improve their skills.

Seven Simple Steps

1 Register: Fill out the simple online form at <www.nfb.org/BRAL> to enter the contest

2. Gather: Collect leisure reading material (books, magazines, and whatever else that has a title, author, and date of publication).

3. Log it: Download the spreadsheet at <www.nfb.org/BRAL> and save it where you will be able to access it easily, or print it and keep a hardcopy log.

4. Read: Put your fingers to the paper!

5. Leader Board: Update your "Pages Read" on the Leader Board to compete for additional prizes.

6. Letters: Contestants competing for a special award must submit at least one letter of recommendation for each award.

7. Turn it in: Submit your reading log, special award documentation, and final entry form no later than January 18, 2011, at <www.nfb.org/BRAL>.

Important Dates

Breaking Down the Contest

1. Regular Contest: Everyone participates in the main contest where contestants compete against their same-age peers to read the most Braille pages during the two-month reading period.

2. Leader Board: Throughout the two-month reading period, participants have the opportunity to update their "pages read" for a chance to get their name on the Leader Board.

3. Special Awards: Participants may opt to compete for a special award in addition to competing in the regular contest. All of the special awards require a letter of nomination.
A. Braille Leaders Community Service Award: Students in grades six and above who use their Braille literacy skills to conduct a community service project are eligible for this award.
B. Twin Vision Award: Students who use a combination of print and Braille in their leisure and/or academic reading are eligible for this award.
C. 2011 Jennifer Baker Award: This award is named after Jennifer Baker, who overcame many severe disabilities to become Braille literate, was a frequent national winner in the Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest, and died far too young. This award is given to current contestants who document the obstacles they have overcome to acquire Braille literacy skills.
D. Braille Readers Are Leaders Team of the Year Award: Teams of two to five participants compete to read the most pages and exhibit team spirit. Teams can show team spirit in many ways, such as Twitter and Facebook posts, blogging, emails to NFB listservs, announcements at NFB chapter meetings, or other creative means.

4. Essay Contest: Winners in the regular contest, winners of the 2011 Jennifer Baker Award, and winners of the Twin Vision Award will be eligible to enter the Braille Readers Are Leaders Essay Contest to compete for a trip to the 2011 National Federation of the Blind Convention.



Certificate of Participation

Top Readers
Mystery Prize: Awarded to participants whose names appear on the Leader Board during the two-month reading period.
Honor Roll Ribbons: Awarded to participants who reach the following levels of pages read: 500; 1,000; 4,000; 8,000; and 12,000.
Cash: Checks in the amount of $50 will be awarded to the winners (first through third place) in each category of the regular contest, and all winners of special awards, excluding the Team of the Year Award.

Plaque: A plaque will be given to the team or teams that win the Team of the Year Award.
National Recognition: The team or teams that win the Team of the Year Award will become the spokes-team for next year's contest.

Twelve Lucky Winners

Winners of the Braille Readers Community Service Award and winners of the Braille Readers Are Leaders Essay Contest will receive an eight-day, seven-night trip for themselves and a parent/guardian to the 2011 National Federation of the Blind National Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Remember: Whether you are competing as an individual or as part of a team, the goal is to read as many Braille pages as you can.

For more information or to request paper registration forms, contact:

Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
200 E. Wells St. at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, Ext. 2293

Adult Contest

Adults are invited to enter the second annual Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest for Adults. This contest promotes the use of Braille in recreational reading among blind adults as a means to maintain and improve their skills. Braille-reading individuals eighteen years of age or older who are no longer enrolled in compulsory educational programming in the U.S.A. and Canada are eligible to compete in the contest. Adults with various levels of experience reading Braille are welcome to join in the fun. For more information, please visit <www.nfb.org/BRAL> or call (410) 659-9314, Ext. 2293.

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