Apr. 3rd, 2014

[personal profile] fastfinge
I'm not sure if this is the right place for this. But I think it does qualify as an accessibility win, and could be helpful to anyone who, like me, often doesn't have a deck of accessible playing cards to hand when I want them, to join in with the card games with relatives and friends that sometimes spontaneously break out. I have no financial or other involvement with this, I just wanted to share. If it's inappropriate, feel free to delete.

Amazon Canada sells Braille playing cards manufactured by U.S Playing Card for $9.95CAD. I've found them at specialty stores for the blind for as high as $25CAD. So I wasn't sure what they'd be like, but they just arrived yesterday and I'm completely satisfied! These are the real thing, with American braille in the corners, rather than the ones with braille going awkwardly down the side. They're also the thick, easy to handle paper cards, rather than that awful slippy plastic stuff. They come in a sturdy cardboard box, not a plastic box that will crack with the slightest knock, and never closes properly. Apparently they also have jumbo print, but I have no vision at all, so I have no idea about the contrast or size of the printing for low vision players. If you have never scene Braille playing cards before, you will notice that the braille does cause slight indentations on the backs of the cards. However, a blind player who is dealing and shuffling won't be able to read the card from the back anymore than you can, as the indentations are largely too faint to be read, and are upside down and backwards. They're also out of stock right now, because I was so excited to find these that I bought quite a few decks. The only major flaw is that the braille symbol on both jokers is exactly the same, so they can't be used to play games like Spades, Pitch, or some variations of Euchre that require you to differentiate the big and little jokers, without first agreeing on some house rules, or marking the cards. Also, they come from the US, so I don't qualify for free shipping via Amazon Prime. But if you're blind and someday looking to replace your warn out old paper cards, seriously check out Amazon. Maybe it would occur to other people to check Amazon for accessibility products, but I had never thought of it before, and was quite surprised.

If you've never played cards at the table with a blind person before, or are blind and only ever play cards online, here are some helpful tips. I'm honestly kind of surprised that a quick Google didn't turn up an article about this written by someone else, but apparently not!
list behind the cut )

If you're looking for an accessible and easy to navigate website of card game rules, I highly recommend Pagat. They have almost every card game you can think of, indexed in multiple ways, so you can always find a new game to try.

Edit: I messed up the formatting. Fixed, I think.

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