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Bandjes – Playful Learning


Teens with intellectual disabilities often need extra support in their daily activities. However, when they grow up and leave school they cannot rely any longer on others, such as teachers, mentors and peers to provide them with daily assistance. Bandjes is an educational game through which pupils in special needs education can develop valuable skills they struggle with regularly, like communication and collaboration, while exercising. The game offers a playful way to increase the level of self-reliance, by practicing social skills.


Coach: Loes Bogers – MediaLAB Amsterdam

Partner: Frank Honkoop – Orion

Research partner: Dr. Menno Deen – Lectoraat Games & Play

Thanks to:

Marjolein Duchateau – Orion

Rob Tieben – Idee Brouwerij

Commissioner: Orion

With the support of: Lectoraat Play & Civic Media


Jill de Rooij - CMD AVANS Den Bosch
Anne de Bode - CMD AVANS Den Bosch
Nick Bijl - Sport & Beweging, InHolland
Dennis Reep - Informatica, HvA
Alexander Sommers - Media & Cultuur, UvA

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