#brailleiowa and the Braille Rumble

The 2021 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge is coming to a close.  We would like to congratulate all of our participants and send them the Braille Rumble cheer as they finish up their testing for the Challenge. We would also like to thank all of our proctors who helped administer the Braille Challenge tests to our participants and making this year’s Challenge a success.

Our final Iowa Braille Challenge event will be the Virtual Awards Ceremony for Braille Challenge participants, their families, and educators on Saturday, March 27th at 10:00am.  Registration

It is not too late to order your Braille Challenge T-Shirt!

To help us celebrate the Braille Challenge and Braille literacy, we are pleased to work with Raygun this year for the Braille Challenge t-shirt. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and future Braille Challenges.

All shirts are crew neck and short-sleeved. The shirts are heather red with white lettering. The front of the t-shirt says in print: #brailleiowa. The back of the t-shirt says the same thing in Braille. All adult sizing is unisex and all shirts are $15.00. T-shirts will be mailed to the address you provide on the order form. Participants of the Braille Challenge will be provided with a t-shirt.  Orders can be placed until Friday, February 26thT-shirt Order Form

Shirts are heather red with white lettering. The front of the t-shirt says in print: #brailleiowa. The back of the t-shirt says the same thing in Braille

For more information about the Braille Challenge check out our Braille Challenge page

Submit your 2021-2022 Orders

We know it may seem early, but it is time to start thinking about submitting your material orders for the 2021-2022 school year. Transcribers fill up fast!

Our transcribers and proofreaders are hard at work to ensure that all students have their instructional materials in their hands for the first day of school. By submitting your orders early, you are a GREAT HELP in making sure the materials are ready.

To place your orders, just click on the Ordering Materials for K-12 Students tab at the top of this page for the link to the order form. Also, to aid in material ordering, use our Handbook for Ordering Instructional Materials.

As always, feel free to contact the IMC staff with any questions!

IMC TEAM

New Braille Bits Podcast: Lesson 19

Join us for a great conversation as Denise talks to a very special guest, Kay Escobedo, a paraeducator in Iowa.  They will also review Braille Bits Lesson 19.

What is Braille Bits? Braille Bits is an introductory class that is flexible and convenient, supportive, and structured in providing a fun, tiny size sampling of braille. You may want to call this dot learning experience, an appetizer of braille.

This online program is designed to teach braille to individuals with sight who have connections with braille readers. For example, teachers and parents are taught through a combination of visual representation of braille dot positions, through lessons, homework, and a podcast. Did we mention a Podcast? Prepare to be both entertained and delighted by listening to others share their love for braille.

For more Braille Bits information:
Braille Bits Introduction
Braille Bits Lessons
Braille Bits Podcast

2021 ISASP (Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress) Updates

If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to order your ISASP braille assessments on our Student Assessment Order Form.

Practice assessments will be mailed two to three weeks in advance of the testing date. The actual assessments will be shipped out via UPS 10 days in advance of the testing window.

Resources

Accessibility and Accomodations Manual

IMC Team