I had an opportunity to attend the 32nd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego, and met some great people from American Printing House for the Blind, National Braille Press, the California Department of Rehabilitation Blind Field Services unit and others. We are all looking for ways to get the games into more people’s hands, so they can enjoy the games and benefit from the orientation and concentration skills that they foster.
I also met with Mike and Kevin of RS Games, and we talked for several hours over drinks and dinner. They are great guys and really dedicated to making their games better, and making them even more popular.
I learned that within the USA, iPhones are still the preferred device, used by about 90% of visually impaired people who own mobile phones. That’s the primary reason why we haven’t moved the games to Android yet.
We handed out a small flyer to the attendees that described the games – we had brochures printed in both large print and braille – and also gave people a two inch Blindfold Games sticker to put on their show badge if they wanted. By the second day of the show, about one third of all attendees learned about Blindfold Games, and were displaying our sticker.
Over the next few months, we’ll be attending conferences in Massachusetts, Iowa, Florida and California. If you know of any other conferences that draw a lot of people – either people who are visually impaired, or people who serve the community, such as TVIs, please contact me.