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Accessible Gaming: An Introduction

Game screenshot

Gaming is brilliant fun, but it is harder to access the world of gaming when you have a disability. In a series of blog posts over the coming weeks, I will be reviewing the various ways that people with disabilities can access games over the Internet or through the use of games consoles, such as the Xbox or the Wii U.

The cost of Assistive Technology

cost_of_assistivetechOne of the biggest gripes for those needing Assistive Technology is the Price. The phrase Special Needs = Special Price is true, more often than not.

Now, let’s look at a section of Assistive Technology for ease of argument – Communication devices (AAC). Using a computer tablet with software to select words and phrases to communicate with.

 As with many arguments, there are always at least 2 camps. Those for the prices being high and those against.

Assistive Technology support in education

Picture of a computer classroom

People say that ‘ignorance is not an excuse’. Well, when it comes to a specialised topic, such as Assistive Technology, I think people can sometimes be excused and should not be vilified.

Let’s look into where support is on offer in the UK for advice on Assistive Technology. This is what I’ve found….

Targeting touchscreens

touchscreen-drive

I’ve just been reading about how a San Francisco designer, Matt Krenn, has identified the difficulty of using touchscreens in cars. It seems car manufacturers are starting to use touchscreens rather than nice clunky buttons. This is silly as it’s more difficult to press a button on a touchscreen without taking eyes off the road. Matt’s solution is an interface that doesn’t require the driver’s gaze to move from the road.