Adapted games are games that might be played in a way so that everyone can play regardless of ability or disability. It might be a game that is changed to make it easier to play with just one hand or no hands at all. Perhaps it is changed so that people can play from the wheelchairs or without using their voice. There are many ways to modify and change games so that everyone can participate.
What kinds of adaptive games are there?
Switch Activated Games
A switch button might make it easier to play some games for people that have difficulty using their hands. You can use a switch to do things like rolling dice and rotating a bingo cage. You can purchase toys and games that are already switch-adapted or you can use a battery interrupter to adapt most battery operated toys and games to be activated by a switch.
Braille and Tactile Games
There are many games that have braille and tactile versions so that people who are blind or have low vision can participate. Braille and tactile games include Connect 4, Bananagrams, Monopoly, Bingo, Scrabble, Hi-Ho Cherry-O and others. (DIY Option: puffy paint, braille stickers)
These devices help people with pain and/or limited use of their hands so they can see their cards during a card game. They’re also easy to make yourself!
Visual aids like visual schedules, white boards, and diagrams can help all kinds of people be included, especially people with autism or those who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Ball Games and Other Sports
Oversized balls and sports equipment might be easier for some people to hold, play with, and manipulate. Balls that beep and make noise help people who are blind and have low vision be included when playing sports. Bowling ramps and ball pushers make bowling more accessible.
You can see more sports-related ideas on the sports equipment page.
There are many options to make video game systems more accessible. The Xbox system has their own adaptive controller which was designed to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility. The company Logitech makes a set of tools that pair with the adaptive controller. There is an organization called AbleGamers that has many resources regarding video game accessibility.