Ask an Expert – March 2018 – How to Make Game Boards More Accessible

How to Make Game Boards More Accessible

The trick here is to ensure that for someone who is vision impaired, they have a way to be able to navigate the game board independently and easily.

For the purpose of this article, we’ll deal with non computerized game boards.

  1. Make sure that there are tactile symbols on the game board to represent the visual version.
  2. These tactile symbols could be either in the form of braille, raised print letters or you could even think of using raised figures that are easy to touch.
  3. These symbols should be easy to find, placed in a logical and orderly arrangement, and should feel comfortable to the fingertips.
  4. An accompanying electronic manual to describe these tactile symbols would help greatly.
  5. Remember to keep the language of your electronic manual simple and write it in easy to understand language.
  6. Make sure that each section of your electronic manual is not too long.
  7. Remember that when you create this manual, you can definitely use it to reach not just persons who are vision impaired, but others whose first language is not English and those who are technically shy.
  8. It would not hurt to put out your manual in not just English but also in other languages. This would definitely reach a much larger audience.

I hope that this helps.

Good luck!

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your freelance writer and roving reporter wishing you a terrific day.

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