Braille Games

When the COVID-19 pandemic first arrived in early 2020, educators everywhere found themselves pivoting to providing remote and online learning. The outreach team at PRCVI was asked to provide outreach and collaboration with a couple of British Columbia TSVIs in delivering virtual braille games. The PRCVI outreach team has continued to deliver this group outreach opportunities for students and their TSVIs during the 2021-2022 school year.

Braille Games is an opportunity for braille learners to come together every two weeks to practice their braille skills. Games have included braille versions of classics such as Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Trivial Pursuit, Boggle, Memory, and “Six Questions, and are delivered in PowerPoint format over Zoom, with plenty of verbal description provided as well. Students play both in teams in breakout rooms, individually, or as a whole group, and lifelines to teachers or adult braille user mentors are available for the tougher questions!

One of the most exciting and enjoyable aspects of Braille Games is also giving students the opportunity to take a leadership role. Any student interested in designing and delivering a game works with their TSVI and the PRCVI outreach team to facilitate the session. It provides an amazing opportunity for students to not only practice their braille skills in a creative way, but also developing skills with assistive technology and self-determination. It has been such a pleasure delivering these games and working with students to create new ones!

We are excited to share some of the games that we’ve run in the past for TSVIs to use with their students, as many schools may be returning to hybrid or remote learning as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. More games will be added to this portal as they are created.

Virtual Games - Braille Jeopardy

About the author

Jen Jesso

I have worked in various roles in the field of visual impairment since 2007. In addition to working as a teacher of students with visual impairments, I recently completed coursework to become an orientation and mobility specialist. I have been fortunate to work with the fantastic team at PRCVI since 2014.

I enjoy many aspects of my role at PRCVI, but highlights include working with teachers of students with visual impairments and their students on outreach visits and working on PRCVI initiatives and projects.

Outside of work, my interests include reading, computer programming, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.

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