[games_access] Game Accessibility web-site - PC time

Thomas Westin thomas at pininteractive.com
Mon Feb 6 18:24:49 EST 2006

yes I agree gamer is much better

just for information, there are definitions for impairment, disability and 
handicap defined by WHO. Basically they are
- impairment: an impairment that doesn't stop you from living your every day 
life, work etc
- disability: an impairment that demands special assistance / tools etc to 
handle every day life, work
- handicap: this has nothing to do with the individual, but with the 
environment. Example: In Doom3 deaf gamers are handicapped, but in Doom3[CC] 
they are not.


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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sander Huiberts NEWS" <news at ebass.nl>
To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 3:24 PM
Subject: Re: [games_access] Game Accessibility web-site - PC time

> Hello All!
> I'm new here, although Richard has kept me informed...I will be at the GDC 
> with Richard! Besides the fact that I play the double bass and some other 
> minor differences, my activities are very much the same as Richard (PhD 
> game audio, AudioGames.net, GDC, etc).
> I would like to react to Barrie...I've encountered that (for instance) a 
> blind person will (almost) never say he is visually impaired. I think it 
> has to do with the target audience. Considering the target audience for 
> the specific forum I think Richard and I did not select the correct 
> terminology for a forum, it is too repulsive. Or at least, when we want 
> gamers to discuss there...
> The terminology Barrie comes up with is much better!
> That's my opinion...
> Sander
> Barrie Ellis schreef:
>> Some thing that stands out to me looking at the 
>> http://www.accessibility.nl/games/index.php?pagefile=games  web-site is 
>> the terminology. I know a number of disabled people in the UK that would 
>> wince at the use of the word 'impairment' for the four genres. Instead 
>> of...
>> Gaming with a visual impairment
>> Gaming with an auditory impairment
>> Gaming with a motoric impairment
>> Gaming with a cognitive impairment
>> the following might be more PC:
>> Partially sighted and Blind gamers
>> Deaf gamers
>> Physically disabled gamers
>> Learning disabled gamers
>> I think there'll be a fair bit of bleed between the genres too. Looks a 
>> really interesting project though.
>> Barrie
>> www.OneSwitch.org.uk
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