The 03-13-2020 Scout Report introduced readers to Deafverse, the "first-ever American Sign Language (ASL) accessible online game for deaf teenagers." Readers may want to return to the original game to get excited for a new addition launching soon.
Created by the National Deaf Center, Deafverse "is a choose-your-own adventure game," designed to provide deaf teenagers with ideas and tools to navigate real-life scenarios. In the game, players are introduced to Catbot (a robot) and several other characters that will be their companions throughout their journey. Players then walk through scenarios where they are tasked with problems and choices intended to build self-advocacy and decision-making skills. All content is available in American Sign Language, English text, and English audio voiceover, and accessibility settings can be adjusted by clicking the "Settings" button in the top right corner. Players will need to create a free account to access the game. In addition to the game itself, users may want to browse the Resources section, which features Player and Teacher Strategy Guides available for free download (including accessible versions). These guides expand on the work of the game and include discussion prompts and activities. The Resources page also features additional tools for educators and caregivers. All of the game's content was created by a team of deaf individuals from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, a national research center committed to empowering #DeafSuccess in postsecondary opportunities. Readers can learn more about the team and their work on the Meet the Team section of the About page.