I’m a fan of board games, but my low vision creates issues when I’m trying to interact with teammates and complete tasks, and who are we kidding, let’s get real, when I’m trying to win. Here are ways I manage to play despite my visual impairment:
- Use a magnifier. Trivia cards in tiny print are no longer an issue when I use my handheld magnifier.
- Ask for help. Friends won’t hesitate to clarify or explain things an extra time.
- Pair up. Play in teams to divvy up tasks so part of the fun is collaboration.
- Try new games. If your favorite game isn’t as appealing anymore, try something new, like a team game such as Cranium which offers a variety of activities, something for everyone.
- Upgrade to a new version. Look for a modified version of a favorite game like Scrabble or Monopoly. Or replace a standard dice with an enhanced pair. MaxiAids sells some modified games.
- Avoid running out of time. Before you start playing, agree to an extended amount of time for tasks like reading comprehension if necessary.
- Cheat. You now have an unfair advantage. Are people really going to call you, the “charity case,” out for cheating? Work it until they’re on to you. Wink, wink.
What are your favorite games? How would you modify things to make it accessible? Tell me about it.