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Adapting Candy Land for Players Who Are Blind or Deafblind

Modified Candy Land pieces
We adapted the game Candy Land so that it would be accessible for my son Liam (age 7, deafblind).  It was easy to do, but took some time to add the modifications.  We attached velcro to the all of the squares using superglue and also to the game markers. The reason for the velcro is so that Liam would be able to feel where everyone was at on the game board without all of the pieces falling over.  We added the braille initial of all of the color spaces and to the playing cards as well (for example:  "g" for green and "b' for blue).  So that Liam could tell "who was who" for the game markers, we attached small wooden shapes onto them.  

Materials: 

  • Candy Land Game board and pieces 
  • Small wooden shapes (to glue onto the game markers)
  • Velcro pieces
  • Super Glue
  • Braille labels 
  • Small container to hold the cards 

Candy Land board with braille   Adapted piece on game board

 

Procedure: 

Liam was able to pass the small container around to each of the players on their turn, so that he could feel them choosing a card and get to feel what color they picked.  He was able to feel the players move their pieces as well.  I was so thrilled to see that Liam enjoyed playing Candy Land with his family and friends.  I loved that he was able to be included and the game was accessible to him!  

Adapted game cards  Adapted ice cream card

Collage for adapting Candy Land

Comments

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Posted by Betty

I am like wow this is so great I am very very happy to hear and see that parents take time to figure out how can one's child play with family and friends. This idea is terrific.

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Posted by Kim Schildbach

Hello Liam's mom! I love reading your posts because our Anelia (age 8) is also functioning as deaf blind (she has hearing in her left ear and limited in her right). She was adopted almost 3 years ago from a very hard place and has suffered and is considered "globally delayed." I am trying hard to become more proficient in sign because she loves it (tactically)! What resources helped you learn? Thank you so much! Keep writing!

Thanks for writing!

Posted by Betty Maldonado

Hi Kim,

I am so happy that Liam has you mom I would like first of all to say I am proud there mom like you, me and many more out there that wants to help their children in every way possible. I am a grandmother and the voice of my grandson Christhen (age 9), I am very proud of his outcome it has not been easy, but it is a great journey that I on including his family. I was inspired by a great school teacher and his assistance (T1) they showed me how to braille, at first I thought is would be hard and not at all just takes practice and keeping up dated on the braille system. I focused on both language, I started to get very involved in tactile because that called my grandson's attention he loves to touch and explore which is great. I look for images that simplifies with which ever text or study worksheet is given to him. I have a room that looks a lot like a school supply store and I like to recycle also which helps. I personally like to make the images as close as possible and easy to handle and comprehend when touched. I enjoy taking his story books and cutting it down to short stories and to the point. I also browse online to see if there is anything new or different that I can make for him. Also study worksheets can be adapted using braille sheets, textures etc. My grandson learned his colors by braille writing and symbols for each color of crayons.

It is great to have someone to share ideas of our children. Thank you for writing. God bless Liam and the family as well.

Take care

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