Accessibility Jam

What Accessibility Jam is Doing to Help Disabled Gamers and Why It Matters

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On May 11th, gamers around the world kicked off Accessibility Jam, a three-week game jam all about accessibility. (If you aren’t sure what a game jam is, check out this article first.) The jam’s objective is to increase awareness about accessible game design, and to teach developers just how simple it is to make a big difference in the lives of gamers everywhere. “Over 20% of gamers have some form of impairment that can affect gameplay,” their website explains, “but they are often unnecessarily and unknowingly locked out by developers.” As consumers of media, it’s important that we do what we can do support creators that are inclusive, so that as many people as possible can share in the positive benefits of gaming. Read More

GAAD

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

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May 15 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! GAAD was created a few years ago by Jennison Asuncion and Joe Devon as an annual opportunity for people everywhere to try to see through the eyes of a disabled user of technology. This can mean anything from using your computer for an hour without a mouse or trackpad, to muting the television while you’re playing a game. You’ll notice quickly that while some media is perfectly easy to consume, some can be very frustrating. What’s more, often the most frustrating media could have easily been made accessible if the developer had simply thought ahead. Read More