Bingo for the Blind

Published: 01st June 2009
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Many popular games have been adapted over time in order form people with disabilities to enjoy them in. bingo is one such game that has seen some adaptations made in order to allow more people play this fun game. Many of these adaptations have helped blind people across the globe have access to the game of bingo. Bingo cards have been made from tactile materials in order to allow players to feel the numbers. With recent advancements in technology other improvements have been made.



Recently a woman in Rochester New York scored a victory and allowing an adaptation to be used in a bingo hall. When Joanna Richardson won a bingo game recently she was able to hear her electronic bingo card tell her that she had won the game. This is the first time she had been permitted to utilize her electronic bingo card at the bingo hall.



Richardson had travelled on a long road in order to realize that day. For two years she lobbied the state racing and wagering board to permit computerized bingo cards to have sound when a player gets a bingo. The state racing and wagering board is the entity that regulates bingo within the state of New York. In the past these digital bingo cards are prohibited from being used in the bingo halls because many players had made complaints regarding the noise they produced.



Despite these complaints, Richardson did not give up and continued request to be able to use her electronic bingo card. Prohibiting the use of the electronic bingo card in Richardson's situation was somewhat of an infringement upon the Americans with Disabilities Act. Richardson felt that this was wrong and that she should have access to the game of bingo just like any person who did not have impaired vision. Therefore she continued making calls, writing letters, and sending emails requesting permission to use her electronic bingo card.



After a while the state racing and wagering board acquiesced and gave in to Richardson's request. The board's then made changes to its regulations that permitted to bingo halls to allow electronic bingo cards that can be heard by any player even those with disabilities. When a player is one number away from winning or hits a bingo these electronic bingo cards will be notified the player of their standing.

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Many popular games have been adapted over time in order form people with disabilities to enjoy them in. bingo is one such game that has seen some adaptations made in order to allow more people play this fun game. Many of these adaptations have helped blind people across the globe have access to the game of bingo. Bingo cards have been made from tactile materials in order to allow players to feel the numbers. With recent advancements in technology other improvements have been made.


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