A TVI is a teacher of a visually impaired person, and I hear from TVIs often to create games to make teaching orientation and mobility skills easier.
Blindfold Bop Gesture Game – previously named Bop – was discussed in a recent blog, was originally suggested by Ben P. of the Braille Institute in Los Angeles. One of the missions of the Braille Institute is to help the local community become more familiar with mobile technology.
First, Blindfold Bop Gesture Game you through some initial practice making gestures. In Learn Game, each time you time make a gesture on the screen, it tells you what the gesture was. For blind person who has never used a mobile device, Learn Game removes a much of the anxiety of using this new technology.
Luke D., one of the blind testers who also works with newly blind students, suggested a major improvement for the app. Since people new to the iPhone are not familiar with many of the voice-over gestures, he wanted a way that someone could play the game before they mastered voice-over gestures.
Now there’s a setting in the game to use the Student Mode, which can be set up by a TVI. Once in Student Mode, you are given instructions on exactly what to do at each step. For example, as the game starts, it says “Pick a game by swiping up or down with one finger, then tap twice with one finger”.
The student, working with their TVI, will continue with Learn Game until a handful of gestures are well understood and then moves to the easy practice game. And since the Student Mode menu is so easy, the student will practice on their own.
We are starting to get requests from school get a copy of the game for all the teachers. To train your clients with Blindfold Bop Gesture Game, tap here: