Almost five years ago, I undertook a daring project as a volunteer: the creation of high-performance chess boards specially adapted to allow blind and visually impaired people to play chess with ease.
“A big thank you to all my customers, without whom I could not have done this. - JL Gamba”
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Using chess as a tool for social inclusion
In France currently 207,000 blind people are counted 36 million in the world WHO predicts by 2050 a tripling of these populations.
For a very large number of them, this means exclusion from all associations and, for some, isolation from civil society.
In chess, the rules
are the same for all
For the blind, the existing equipment is poorly adapted. The blind person will have to memorize a great deal of information. Consequently, few of them will continue the initiation.
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The mental performance achieved by a chess player deprived of sight in whole or in part is incredible.They are able to perform 5-hour games with a very high level of play, and this on unsuitable equipment.
Many technological innovations are made every day to improve our daily lives, but rarely for people with disabilities.
It is possible through the game of chess to demonstrate that collectively we can engage in an innovation project for a minority, and allow to be an example of social inclusion.