Goal of the event:
The goal of the event was to raise awareness among international students about other ways of communication. Through a Bingo game we wanted to share and learn together how important is every sense, and how hearing and seeing aren't the only communication mechanisms that we have, touch can be a powerful tool for so many people!
Short description of the event:
"The activity was held during the linguistic Tandem that the four sections of Barcelona organise once per week. During the Tandem activity we usually organise extra activities to make sure the ExchangeAbility and local students have a great time together. Therefore, during the Exchangebility Week we thought it would be a good idea to organise something a bit bigger and related to communication and accessibility. From there we got to the idea of creating a Bingo game where, surprise, the cards had no numbers, but some braille characters instead!
The Tandem started and everyone interested in playing Bingo moved to another room. There we made a brief introduction to ExchangeAbility and to the EA week and explained the rules of the game.
During the first part, participants had one Braille alphabet each so that they could see how do people with some visual impairment can read with their fingers. Next thay got the Bingo cards where instead of numbers thre were some letters in the braille alphabet. This way, each player had to translate the letters they heard into the Braille system in order to cross them and go for the gold medal! The secon part of the activity was more silent, as we put in the shoes of a person with some kind of hearing impairment. Due to logistic issues we asked participants to split in four teams making four lines with people holding hands. For this game, only the person at the further end of each line had a Bingo card with numbers. The number wasn't shouted like before, 4 coordinators were placed at the other end of the line and ""draw"" with their fingertips the number for each round. This way the message had to flow from han to hand till the last one who had to check whether that number was on the card or not. "
How did your event go?:
"We are really happy with the result of the activity! Participants enjoyed it and even wanted to do extra rounds. The problem was that due to taking too long with the first game, we didn't have enough time for the second part.
We didn't manage to get Braille alphabet in embossed paper, for next time we think it could be a great improvement so that everyone can actually feel it."