Activity 13 – Participating in games and hobbies

Alternate senses contributing to this activity are: touch and hearing.

Assistive procedures helpful for maintaining this activity are:

  •     Labeling.
  •     Modifying or developing techniques.
  •     Using Braille.
  •     Using high technology devices or software.
  •     Modifying objects or environment.
  •     Using low vision materials and non-optical devices or equipment.

We will begin with:


Identify game pieces and board layouts with tactile marks or Braille. You can do these yourself with a Hi-Marks pen or with a Braille label maker, both available from low vision dealers.

Apply Braille labels to tools and their locations in your workshop.

Modifying or developing techniques

If others who are sighted are playing a game that is not accessible to you, partner with someone.

Activities such as swimming, running, skiing, bowling, golf, and skating can be done with assistance from a sighted guide.

Bicycling can be enjoyed in tandem with a sighted partner.

Working with tools is still possible, but you would be wise to get professional training in special techniques that have been developed for visually impaired people.

Using high technology devices or software

Many accessible computer games can be found on line, including audible word puzzles and Sudoku.

Portable accessible electronic games are available from low vision dealers.

Modifying objects or environment

Make checkers and other such game pieces tactile by applying embossed or textured stickers.

Some jogging tracks have been modified with rails or guide wires.

Using low vision materials and non-optical devices or equipment

Knitting, rug hooking, and crocheting are already nonvisual activities.

To help with needlework, buy an inexpensive needle threader from a low vision dealer.

Talking and tactile tape measures are available from low vision dealers.

Purchase Braille playing cards.

Keep score with a peg board. This can be purchased, or make it yourself out of cardboard and golf tees.

Most popular board games are sold in tactile or Braille versions. This includes bingo, Scrabble, chess, Monopoly, and checkers.

Traditional dice are already tactile.

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