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Adapting Hangman for Students with Visual Impairments

Adapting the game of Hangman for braille readers and students who are blind or visually impaired to play with their sighted peers

Finding games that students with visual impairments can play with their peers in their classrooms can be a challenge. Adapting pre-existing games can be an excellent way to encourage them to play games with their peers.
I found this Hangman game at an office supply store, but noticed it was even cheaper on the Melissa and Doug website.  Because the student I adapted this for is learning braille, I adapted each of the letters by placing braille labels on top. Now the non VI student and the VI student can both see the letter block. As for the image of the hangman, I just put textured paper over each of the body parts. The white section at the bottom is for writing the word in dry erase marker. I replaced this by putting Velcro. The student will also have a blue felt board (an extra from an APH kit that wasn’t being used) for the letter board. Small cuts of Wixxi Stixx are going to be used to indicate where the letters go for each word.
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The GREAT thing about this game besides being able to be included in the activity with their peers, is the fine motor work they can accomplish while playing a game and not realizing it’s “work”!
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