JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville inventor has made table games that anyone can play, no matter the ability.
Jim Stanford created the business Alternative Vision, and has built table games that look like any you'd find in bars, restaurants and bowling alleys across the country.
But he's retrofitted them with braille and special attachments that make it possible for the blind to enjoy the games.
"Actually I think blind people have an advantage over folks who can see with some of these games," he said.
The inspiration hit him two decades ago. He was born legally blind, and says he was frustrated he couldn't really participate in some of the games.
"We're all competitive in some way," he said.
By putting on different covers, and attachments, Stanford says there are at least 30 different games that can be played with just one table.
This all sounds like a great idea, but hasn't caught on until just recently.
He says he had a company on board to sell them 20 years ago, but, "They just weren't interested," he said.
"They told me they didn't have many blind people coming in the store. Well maybe that's because they didn't have anything to offer the blind."
Now he's starting to outfit assisted living facilities, and hopes to get on board with other businesses that have games.
He says it'll allow them to serve a broader clientele.
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