When I moved to Texas last year, never did I think that I would be given the opportunity to work with such amazing and inspiring people. And I didn’t just say that for the sake of this review, I really mean it.
Emily, one of the creators behind 64 oz. Games, is so proactive in the Visually Impaired community that it makes me wish I did more for the special needs community.
To top it all off, her and her husband spend countless hours behind the scenes of 64 oz. Games to bring board games to our friends with visual impairments… so much so that I wanted to introduce you to the world of board games for the visually impaired!
This blog post is in the form of an interview. Each header is a question, with Emily’s response below.
originally intended with this. Richard is a huge board game nerd. He has
been for as long as I’ve know him. We own over 300 board games
ourselves. Richard is also a hobby board game designer and is working to
get his own games published.
make custom braille playing cards. It then dawned on us that no one was
making games accessible. It was something that should exist but no one
was doing it. That was the moment our entire project flipped and we
started working to make accessibility kits for existing games.
raised enough money to buy a braille embosser and some start up
materials. That got us started making our accessibility kits. We
finished the kickstarter with kits for 15 different games and now we
offer kits for over 70!
The name is another story. We are both huge fans of Game of Thrones, so sitting around with friends one night we were asked what our ‘Sigil’ would be. In Game of Thrones, a ‘Sigil’ is the sign that represents a house or family. I said I didn’t know what our sigil would be but our friends were quick to point out that perfect sigil for my Diet Coke loving husband would be a Big Gulp Cup. From that moment, 64oz Games was born.
We are Richard and Emily Gibbs. Richard is a life skills teacher for a
high school in Texas. He loves using games in his classroom to engage
his students and teach new skills. This year he even has a blind student
who benefits from his knowledge of braille and accessibility.
I am a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and I have a huge passion for braille literacy. We are uniquely suited for this work because it perfectly combines both our interests and skills.
It depends very much on the game. A basic kit is braille stickers
and card sleeves. The customer has to buy a copy of the game on their
own and then puts the kit and the game together to make a fully
I truly feel like we have affirming moments all the time.
For me, when we saw our first kickstarter fund, that was huge because it meant that this dream was something that other people are willing to support. Then just this week when we have received some much love and support for our current kickstarter. We were even featured as a kickstarter staff pick!
It keeps reminding me that what we are doing is worthwhile.
Thank you so much for your time! Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions for us! We love to talk about what we are doing.
How do you adapted board games and resources in your classroom for students who are visually impaired? Tell us in the comments below!