Blindfold Games in GLASS

Theresa Rice of the Georgia Libraries for Statewide Accessible Services (GLASS) contacted me a few weeks ago to include Blindfold Games in their newsletter.

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As she told me, “I have Blindfold Games installed on our iPad to show to children’s medical services and physical rehab units. I also visit all manner of support groups and Blindfold Games are a great little ‘something extra’ I can provide. Thanks again for Blindfold Games and best of luck going forward with your work.”

Here’s the excerpt from the newsletter;

A visit to Apple’s App Store will bring up multiple titles from Blindfold Games. Their audio-based games are created for players with visual impairments but fun for anyone. The wizard behind the company is Marty Schultz.

In 2014, Schultz taught programming to middle school youngsters, all eager to recreate hugely popular games. But he didn’t see the point of doing what had been done before. That’s when inspiration struck. Games for players who are blind presented a new approach to game design, accessing an eager yet underserved demographic.

Voila! Blindfold Racer was born.

“I don’t think it’s simply that the games exist and are accessible that makes the games popular,” says Schultz. “It’s that the testers, who are all visually impaired, as well as the fans, tell me how game(s) should be enhanced, and I listen.”

The game count — which includes everything from Blindfold Euchre to Blindfold Air Hockey to Blindfold Feud (think Family Feud) — is 50+ and growing. Download any of the games for free in the App Store.

To get a list of Blindfold Games, visit here:

https://blindfoldgames.org/apps-we-built/

For more info on GLASS, visit here:

http://georgialibraries.org/glass/