Games and gaming

Find out more about computer gaming as well as traditional board games available for blind and partially sighted young people.

Computer games

We are in the process of developing a Getting Started with Gaming guide which will introduce you to accessible features of modern gaming on devices such as the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox Kinect.

We would love to hear from you if you are enjoying specific gaming hardware or games – please email cypf@rnib.org.uk with your tips!

Visit GameAccessibility.com for a summary of resources about gaming with a visual impairment, and links to accessible games. 

Traditional games

Various games are available from RNIB for both young people and adults for those of you who are a bit more traditional! We sell tactile board games such as Super big Boggle, Draughts, Backgammon and Chess.

There is always a game to be had with a pack of cards and RNIB sell a range of playing cards to include giant, jumbo or braille packs.

Visit the Boards games and dice and puzzles section of the RNIB online shop for bingo, Uno, dominoes, tactile dice, puzzles or call RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 and ask about our games and toys.

Braille Chess Association (BCA)

If you are interested in learning or playing chess, the Braille Chess Association (BCA) aims to encourage and support the playing of chess at all levels by blind and partially sighted people.  Membership is open to blind and partially sighted people while sighted friends and family may join as associate members. Although the word Braille is in the title, you do not have to use Braille to be part of this association as they use a variety of means of communication.

BCA offer tuition and coaching from beginner to advanced level as well as adapted chess sets and chess clocks and advice on the use of chess software by blind people. BCA run three chess tournaments each year, weekend events each spring and autumn, and a week long event in the summer. They also run correspondence events in which members send moves to each other in Braille, on tape or by email. 

If you are blind or partially sighted, under 25 and a UK residents you can receive free membership plus free entry and free accommodation in BCA events.

Find out more about Braille chess on the Braille Chess Association website

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