The second from the three free electronic games for blind children (and adults too), Tennis, under the project LEAP (Listen-LEArn-Play), is complete. The game’s specially designed gameplay allows the children to practice the skills they developed in the first game, Tic-tac-Toe, like the use of the keyboard and the movement in the two-dimensional audio space, but furthermore to gain new ones, like to perceive movement and speed in a three-dimensional audio space and to interact within it (binaural processing).
LEAP project develops a series of free electronic recreational and educational games for the blind or for the visually impaired, and is the product of the collaboration between SciFY and the Department of Audio & Visual Arts of the Ionian University. The code and the games that will be created, will be available as open software, freely, so that they can be used and developed from everyone.
By making use of the latest developments in audio interface technology, it aspires to contribute to eliminating social exclusion of people with visual impairments, and mostly of children, in their "own" fields, the fields of playing and learning. The purpose is to open the game boundaries with innovative audio interfaces, to strengthen education with these games as a tool, to highlight the special skills of blind people and to indicate the value of cooperation between the blind and the seeing people.
LEAP’s additional goal is to allow audio interfaces to be used for learning, basically through serious gaming. The games are of escalated difficulty, allowing the children to aqcuire new skills that will aid them and in their school life as well. You can read the game creation progress and the responce of children in SciFY’s webpage. Lastly, LEAP aims to indicate the blind people’s aqcuired skills relatively to seeing people, through the promotion of these skills and the strengthening of cooperations between seeing and blind children by mutual activities.
But we go further than this. Motivated by the LEAP project, we desided to create an online community with the purpose of strengthening civil awareness, the facilitation of dialogue between involved stakeholders, families and people with visual impairment, and also the exchange of good practices regarding the free assistive technologies and the electronic games for blind and partially seeing children. This is the reason why we invite all of you who want to participate in this community, to visit the project’s page in Facebook and/or subscribe in the newsletter to be informed first regarding the progress of the project. For additional information how you can participate, visit the project’s page.
This project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Grants Greek NGO Programme “We are all Citizens”. The Bodossaki Foundation is the Fund Operator of this Programme. The Programme aims to strengthen civil society and enhance the contribution of NGOs to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.
For additional information you can contact Ms Chalvatzi Despoina
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