This summer throughout the country tons of BELL programs will be running teaching Braille. I myself will be working with my wife leading the Texas program.
(Note, I know there are a lot of other blind youth programs other than BELL out there, if you e-mail me at Email Me
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My company 64 Oz. Games offers a lot of different braille games and teaching tools. Most of our 3d printed items were originally designed for use for our BELL program and selling them was actually a secondary thought. We are prepared to offer a discount to those running programs.
I just wanted to highlight some of the things that we are planning on using for our program.
We have developed our own swing cells. Like the more expensive APH version these are used for teaching the correlation between the dot locations on a Perkins brailler and a braille cell.
Another product we will be using are braille puzzle pieces. These are exaggerated braille cells about 2 inchs by 3.5 inchs that fit together that students can string together. Little plastic pegs can fit into the puzzle pieces allowing students to spell out words.
We also have our Snap-Blocks which are blocks that have exaggerated Braille on the top, regular braille on the front and snap together side by side. It is sold in 2 parts, The Alphabet andContractions(everything else)
The accessibility kits for games that we selling need to be paired with the actual game. You buy the game, you buy the kit and put them together to make an accessible game. Our website contains a link to where you can buy the actual game.
We are a game company though and the games I’d like to highlight are Monza, Memory, Apples to Apples and Sushi Go that I think are particularly suited for a Bell program.
Monza has a tactile board and custom dice. To play a braille user only needs to be able to identify a few letters(g for green, r for red, b for blue, wh for white, y for yellow, p for purple) but needs to feel the board tactility and practice not disturbing the board It plays a little like Candy Land in tat you move to the colors you roll except you need to shift lanes to get ahead of other players(aka a little more strategy).
We add tactile pictures in addition to the Braille. Great for early readers.
Apples to Apples is great for higher level readers. All players except the judge choose from a hand of cards which card they thing best fits the adjective. The judge then picks the card that they like best and then play moves on to the next player.
Sushi Go is the last game that I would like to highlight. It is a fairly simple game where players decide from a set of cards 1 to play in front of them and then pass the rest to the player to the left. All players play at the same time so it doesn’t have any downtime for players. This would be for kids at a higher level.
If you have any questions please let us know! We want your Bell programs to be huge successes and I firmly believe that Braille games is an excellent way to make Braille literacy fun.