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In my day job, I work with accommodations for students in higher education who have disabilities, so awareness of the needs of individuals with different abilities carries over into other areas. Players of House of Cards (or other games that utilize cards for resolution purposes) may find it useful to have cards that are accessible to those with visual difficulties. Large-print decks are already ubiquitous – the average department store has “jumbo” decks hanging right alongside their other decks on end-caps or register displays – but Braille decks are not as readily obtainable unless you’re fortunate enough to live near a store that provides materials for the visually impaired.

My top recommendation is for this deck of Braille standard playing cards, which not only provides clear standard print face indicators as well as Braille notation, but is printed on durable plastic that is completely waterproof. Very practical! (Also of use on that page, incidentally, are tactile poker chips carved out of nice hefty wood in easily distinguishable shapes to indicate denomination.)

It is unfortunate that US Games, publishers of the most readily recognizable Rider-Waite deck along with many other specialty decks, no longer has their Rider-Waite Braille edition in print, but copies are still obtainable via Amazon, AbeBooks, and other online retailers, if you’re not fortunate enough to run into one in stock at your local provider of books and other goods.

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