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Looking for help with a toy design project for blind children

Hello all,

We are designing a developmental toy for children who are blind and visually impaired, and would like to hear about products that are helpful and that could be improved.

My name is Cynthia and I am working on a project with three other students at the Rhode Island School of Design. We are very open to working either high-tech or low-tech and would like to hear what opportunities you see for new products for the visually impaired. We are wondering what the main challenges might be in raising a child with visual impairment.
We are looking for answers to:
What is your child's favorite toy?
What is your favorite toy for your child?
Does your child know braille (or is learning braille)?
What toy encourages learning and social skills in the most effective way?
How does your child enjoy getting exercise the most?
Are there any toys that have done particularly well in getting your child active?
Does your child prefer musical, tactical, or moving toys?
Does your child enjoy hearing or playing music?
What type of toy would help improve social interaction?
What type of toy would you like to see designed?

We would love to talk to anyone who is blind or visually impaired, or the parent of a child who is blind or visually impaired. If you would be alright with talking to us on the phone or in person, please leave us an email address or phone number so that we can get in touch!

Thank you!

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Re: Looking for help with a toy design project for blind children



Hi, Cynthia! I would recommend posting this question on the FamilyConnect message boards, where you will find many more parents of children who are blind or visually impaired:
http://www.familyconnect.org/message_board_folders...
You might also try posting the question on the FamilyConnect Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/familyconnect

Best of luck with your project. Let us know what you develop!


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