Accessibility Jam

If It Were Any Other Media, It Would Be Illegal: Founders of Accessibility Jam on Disabilities in Gaming

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Get Connected Gamer Profile 2Last week, I told you about Accessibility Jam, a three-week game jam focused on spreading the word about how easy it is to make games playable for gamers with special needs. Simple additions like subtitles or difficulty options  can widen a game’s audience and make a big difference in the lives of gamers everywhere.

I was lucky enough to get the chance to interview two of the founders of Accessibility Jam, Ian Hamilton and Jonard La Rosa. Ian works as an accessibility specialist and UX designer, and Jonard is an artist and game creator. Read below to learn more about how their careers have progressed, why their work is important, and what advice they have for parents. Read More


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