Roommates, your favorite card game has just changed the game forever! #UNO has gotten even more inclusive as Mattel rolls out a braille version of the popular card game.
According to CNN, Mattel announced Tuesday that fans can now buy #UNOBraille. Mattel worked with the National Federation of the Blind to make the game for inclusive to the more than 7 million blind and low-vision people in the U.S.
“The fact that a blind person is now able to lay a classic game of UNO straight out of the box with both blind and sighted friends or family members is a truly meaningful moment for our community,” Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said in a news release.
The deck will feature braille dots on the corner of each card, and all players call out the card as they play. The packaging of the deck also features braille on the front and back.
Instructions for the game can be downloaded in braille readable files, or Alexa or Google Home read the instructions aloud.
“We are proud to have UNO Braille on-shelves and to be making UNO more accessible and inclusive to evermore families,” Ray Adler, global head of gamiest Mattel, said in the release.
Mattel has been making power moves toward becoming more inclusive recently. Just last week the toy company released a line of gender-neutral dolls called “Creatable World”.
As we previously reported, the dolls are designed to be customizable by having different hairstyles, clothes and accessories that don’t necessarily identify the dolls as a specific gender. they can be boys, girls, either, or both-a strategy Mattel hopes will redefine who gets to play with toys traditionally deemed for one gender.
“This line allows all kids to express themselves freely which is why it resonates so strongly with them,” Kim Culmone said. “We’re hopefully Creatable World encourage people to think more broadly about how all kids can benefit from doll play.”