Braille Game Award Winner
One of this year’s winners of the “Not Impossible” Award at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 was a game to teach young children some simple words in braille. BecDot was created by Jake Lacourse, the father of a two year old diagnosed with Usher’s Syndrome, a genetic condition that results in both hearing loss, and vision loss.
Lacourse reported in an interview with NPR that part of his inspiration for this game was learning that the unemployment rate for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired is nearly 60% according to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and those with braille skills are employed at a much higher rate.
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