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Feb 26, 2016 12:58 PM

NH group, video game creator give those with vision impairment chance to enjoy electronics

CONCORD - Instead of being asked to put their electronics down, the New Hampshire Association for the Blind encouraged one group of local kids to play video games Wednesday afternoon.

Getting behind the wheel and blindness may not seem to go together, but one game creator came up with a way to blend the two.

"If you drive too far to the left or the right the music gets louder in your left ear or your right ear, and when you're driving down the road, you avoid obstacles on the road," said Marty Shultz the CEO and founder of Blindfold Games. "Like if there's a cow on the road, you'll hear moo, moo, moo, and you drive to the left or the right of the cow."

Shultz has a passion for educating children who are blind using technology and Apple products' gaming features. He created a series of games that engage children, parents, and teachers in activity that build competencies.

Unlike some video games, the one the children were playing Wednesday appeared to be approved by the parents and kids alike.

Howie Simpson, one of the teens with impaired vision called the game "very interesting."

While another gamer's mother had nothing but praise.

"I think it's great," said Andrea Poirier. "For her to play a video game, it's really taxing on her eyes. So, if she doesn't have to constantly look at something. She can just listen to it she gets more enjoyment out of it."

Shultz said he has about 50 testers across the world and that those with vision impairment often do better than those without impairment.

"I remember I was working with one teen, and she was the playing the game and she said, 'I will do so much better than my sighted friends,' and she did," Shultz said.

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