People often ask me how they can help with the Blindfold Games series.
You can help in two ways. If you are visually impaired, send me your ideas for an audio game, and we can collaborate on building that game. Sometimes it’s hard for me to figure out how to make an audio equivalent of a game that I am used to playing visually. But, by talking regularly with several blind gamers, we’ve been able to find fun solutions that made many of the Blindfold Games more realistic and exciting.
More importantly, spread the word about these games to other people in the blindness community. There are dozens of forums on Facebook, twitter and elsewhere that talk about accessibility and technology. If you like one of Blindfold games, mention it on the forums that you visit. And do it frequently. The more times you mention something, the more likely that other members will try it out.
Most of the people who find our games are members of AppleVis. But there are thousands of people across the country who don’t know about AppleVis or any of the iPhone games that are very accessible, or are audio games like ours.
In every medium or large city, there are several local organizations that provide services and community to visually impaired people, and it’s hard for me to reach them all. If you are a member of one of these groups, tell your colleagues about the games you like. And contact me about any efforts you are making to spread the word.
If you play a blind-friendly sport, such as Beep Baseball, contact me and we can talk about building a game that matches your sport.
Thanks for your efforts and continuing support.