This is a project being sponsored by the Onkyo Corporation Ltd. and The Braille Mainichi in Japan, and implemented by the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific (WBUAP).


Greetings from the staff of Onkyo Corporation, The Braille Mainichi and the Board/Policy Council Members of WBUAP.

We have much pleasure in announcing the start of the WBUAP Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest for blind and vision-impaired (BVI) persons in the WBUAP Region. Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully to participate in the Contest. Let your BVI friends know about this project and encourage them to join in the fun.


1.1. To promote Braille literacy and encourage the reading and writing habit among BVI persons in the Region.

1.2. To promote cultural and social interaction among BVI persons in the Region through their writings.

1.3. To encourage BVI persons to take advantage of the potential of writing as a means of earning some income.

1.4. To encourage BVI persons to play active roles through their writings, and through the organisations they belong to, in changing what it means to be blind.



2.1. What I can do or have done to change public attitudes towards blindness.

2.2. The challenges of living with blindness.

2.3. The experiences encountered and the challenges facing a blind person in a music career.


Participation in the Contest is open to all BVI persons from the ages of 14 and above (except for Otsuki winners from the past three years and BVI persons in Japan) in the WBUAP Region under the following Terms:

3.1. Submit your essay in Braille, either in your native language or in English, to your National Onkyo Selection Committee (NOSC) on or before 15 May 2014. Computerised Braille can be accepted if your NOSC can confirm that you are Braille literate.

3.2. The essay must be original, and one contestant may only submit one entry.

3.3. The Contest is divided into two age groups:

Group A: BVI persons between the ages of 14 and 25 years.

Group B: BVI persons from the ages of 26 years upwards.

3.4. The length of the essay should be between 700 and 1,000 words when it reaches the WBUAP Onkyo Selection Committee (WOSC) even after translation. Essays that are too short or too lengthy will be disqualified.

3.5. VERY IMPORTANT: Please note that the following information must be given or your entry may be disqualified:
(a) Full name (as in birth certificate, passport or legal documents).

(b) Age (attach a statement from someone in authority to validate the information).

(c) Gender (female or male) and send along an electronic photo.

(d) Designation (Occupation, student, homemaker, etc.)

(e) Name, address and email of the National organisation you belong to or the school/college you are studying in.

3.6. The closing date is 15 May 2014. Your essay, if written in your native language, must be translated into English by your NOSC before it is emailed to the WOSC on or before 30 June 2014.

3.7. This Contest is limitted to a maximum of five best entries from each country. Should the WOSC receive more than five entries from each country, it will randomly select the required number for consideration. If you do not know whether there is a National Onkyo Selection Committee in your country, kindly contact the Secretary General of WBUAP for the information.

3.8. The decision of the Sponsors and the WOSC is final and no correspondence will be entertained.


Cash prizes will be awarded to the best seven entries received from the WBUAP Region.

4.1. The Otsuki Prize: US $1,000.00 and a trophy. This overall prize is given to the best entry from either of the age groups.

4.2. Excellent Works: US $500.00 and a trophy. Two prizes will be given, one to each age group.

4.3. Fine Works: Four prizes will be given, two prizes of $200.00 each to Group A (ages from 14 to 25 years), and two prizes of $300.00 each to Group B (ages from 26 years upwards.


5.1. the WOSC will meet at the end of July 2014, and the results will be forwarded to the Sponsors by September.

5.2. The WOSC will announce the winners immediately on receiving the approval from the Sponsors by the beginning of November 2014. The cash prizes will then be sent to the respective NOSC’s for presentation to the winners.


The Onkyo Corporation Ltd. and the Braille Mainichi will own the copyright of all winning essays and they reserve the right to publish them in the manner they so choose.


Thank you for your participation and best of luck.

(Ivan Ho Tuck Choy),
Secretary General of WBUAP and Chairman of the WBUAP Onkyo Selection Committee.

C/o National Council for the Blind, Malaysia,
94B Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel.: 603-2272-4959 extn. 331.
Mobile: 6012-2182311.
Email: (personal)

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