[Nfbmo] {Disarmed} Onkyo Braille Essay Contest

Nancy Lynn freespirit.stl at att.net
Thu Aug 20 20:36:27 UTC 2015

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. Essays must be received by September 13. 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 email their essays in electronic format (such 
as Microsoft Word or something similar). 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.

Note that this year, the contest is running on a shorter timeline than 
previous years, so the time to begin writing is now! All essays must be 
received by September 13, 2015. 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 at the link below.

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 

Visit http://www.nfb.org/onkyo-braille-essay-contest 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 ttatam at nfb.org
In Canada: Jen Goulden at info at blc-lbc.ca

Jennifer Dunnam
Manager of Braille Programs, Jernigan Institute National Federation of the 
200 E. Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(612) 767-5658
transcribers at nfb.org
Visit the Braille Certification page at

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the 
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the 
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles 
between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; 
blindness is not what holds you back.

Make a gift to the National Federation of the Blind and help ensure all 
blind Americans live the lives they want


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