As far as I understand it, Draughts and Checkers are mostly the same game, 
except for being played on differently-sized boards and perhaps a few subtler 
rule variations.  DOn't quote me on that though.
It is certainly possible for a blind person to use an iPhone without special 
assistance, or an iPod Touch in my case.  It does take some getting used to 
though.  Feel free to write me off-list if you're interested, and I'll try to 
help however I can.  Do enjoy the games, if you get one.
Best,
Zack.
On Feb 4, 2011, at 8:52 AM, Charles Rivard wrote:

> I was thinking the same thing.  I might be getting an iPhone that will work 
> with the verizon phone network soon.  I wasn't sure that a blind person could 
> use a touch sensitive screen that has no landmarks, but was given an iPhone 
> as a company phone, and figured that if other totally blind people can use 
> one, I probably can, too.  I'm still working on learning the iPhone 4, but it 
> is doable.  Once I get one, if I do, I'll be sure to check out the chess 
> program using a tactile chess set.
> 
> ---
> Shepherds are the best beasts!
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Hayden Presley" <hdpres...@hotmail.com>
> To: "'Gamers Discussion list'" <gamers@audyssey.org>
> Sent: Friday, February 04, 2011 10:11 AM
> Subject: Re: [Audyssey] Fwd: VO accessible Chess, Checkers,Draughts and 
> Xaingqi games released for iPhone, iPad & iTouch
> 
> 
>> Hi,
>> Just wondering but why do we have checkers and draughts? I could've sworn
>> those were the same thing.
>> 
>> Best Regards,
>> Hayden
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: gamers-boun...@audyssey.org [mailto:gamers-boun...@audyssey.org] On
>> Behalf Of Zachary Kline
>> Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 11:57 PM
>> To: Gamers Discussion list
>> Subject: [Audyssey] Fwd: VO accessible Chess, Checkers, Draughts and Xaingqi
>> games released for iPhone, iPad & iTouch
>> 
>> Hi All,
>> I thought I'd pass this along in case there's anybody who would want
>> accessible versions of Chess or the other games for an Apple device on this
>> list.  I've personally tried out the chess app and found it very nice
>> indeed.
>> Best,
>> Zack.
>> 
>> Begin forwarded message:
>> 
>>> From: Bryan Jones <openses...@me.com>
>>> Date: February 3, 2011 5:54:03 PM PST
>>> To: macvisionar...@googlegroups.com
>>> Subject: VO accessible Chess, Checkers, Draughts and Xaingqi games
>> released for iPhone, iPad & iTouch
>>> Reply-To: macvisionar...@googlegroups.com
>>> 
>>> Greetings All,
>>> 
>>> Today Apple approved and released the accessible versions of Marcel
>> Nijman's Chess-wise Apps! In addition, Marcel modified three of his other
>> game apps to make them VO accessible. Those Apps are: Checker-wise,
>> Draughts-wise and Xiangqi-wise. These apps are all now available worldwide
>> in the App Store and in the following languages: English, Spanish, Russian,
>> German and Dutch. Marcel hopes to add Polish, Czech and French translations
>> in the next update. The viphone mailing list, Scott Howell and Geoff Waller
>> in particular, were instrumental in providing input, feedback and other
>> information to Marcel during this process.
>>> 
>>> Each of these four Apps is a universal App, which means they will run
>> correctly on the iPhone, iTouch and iPad. WHile there is a free version of
>> the Chess-wise App, I would urge you to consider purchasing the Pro version
>> to support Marcel's work. The price is only US $2.99 for the Chess and
>> Checker Apps, and only US $1.99 for the Draughts and Xiangqi Apps. I believe
>> Marcel is the kind of developer who deserves our support one hundred
>> percent.
>>> 
>>> I've not tried the 3 other games yet, but I can tell you the Chessboard
>> and Chess pieces are now recognized and read aloud by VO. You can navigate
>> the board using a one-finger swipe, or you can just slide one finger around
>> the board and VO will announce the coordinates and the name of a piece if
>> one occupies that square. To make a move, use one finger to locate the piece
>> you want to move, then double-tap. VO will announce "Selected." Now use one
>> finger again to locate the destination square and double-tap again. Please
>> note that this is considered a first version of this game in it's accessible
>> form. While Marcel has made the heart of the App accessible, it is a very
>> feature-rich App which will require additional coding to make it fully
>> accessible. Marcel has asked that those of us who use the Apps provide
>> feedback to him so he can continue to refine and update the accessibility
>> features.
>>> 
>>> Here is a link to Marcel's App Gallery in the US iTunes store:
>>> http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/marcel-nijman/id337888122
>>> 
>>> Here is a link to Chess-wise Pro in the US App Store:
>>> http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chess-wise-pro/id351303981?mt=8
>>> 
>>> Here is a link to Chess-wise FREE in the US App Store:
>>> http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chess-wise-free/id367318028?mt=8
>>> 
>>> Cheers,
>>> Bryan
>>> 
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