Monday, March 17, 2014

Onkyo Braille Essay Contest


The Onkyo Corporation is again sponsoring a braille essay contest for
people of all ages.  Contest winners receive cash prizes valued from
$500 to $2,000. The link for full information and application for the
contest is below, but here are the basics.  Please help us spread the word!

Onkyo Braille Essay Contest
Sponsored by Onkyo Corporation
and The Braille Mainichi

The Onkyo Braille essay contest is being administered by the National
Federation of the Blind (NFB) on behalf of the North
America-Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union.

Essays must be written by contest participants, in English or their
native language, in Braille on paper, and must be completely original
in nature. Participants are also asked to submit their essays in
electronic format.  Entries should be no fewer than 800 words and no
more than 1,000 words in length.  There will be two groups of
competitors-one Junior group, aged 25 and under; and one Senior
group, aged 26 and up, and prizes range from $500-$2,000.

All essays must be received by April 30, 2014. In the US, they should
be sent to the NFB, and in Canada, they should be sent to Braille
Literacy Canada; the contacts are listed on the application.

Essay topics:
1. How do you acquire knowledge and information through Braille or
audio devices? (Illustrate with some interesting personal stories/episodes.)

2. How can blind persons become independent by learning Braille or music?

3. Individual concept about world peace from the viewpoint of persons
with disabilities.

Visit for more
information and an application.  The application is also attached
here, in PDF and BRF format. Note that the BRF is in Unified English Braille.

Please use the following contacts if you have questions:
in the US: Trisha Tatam at
In Canada: Jen Goulden at

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