[games_access] Semantics

Thomas Westin thomas at pininteractive.com
Thu Feb 9 15:30:47 EST 2006


OK, thanks Barrie for sorting that out; my english skills is not advanced 
enough :) nor is my knowledge about UK disabled community culture

Kind regards,
Thomas

9 years of development and education with Adobe/Macromedia Director
Award at the Independent Games Festival: www.terraformers.nu
Founder of IGDA Game Accessibility SIG www.igda.org/accessibility
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Barrie Ellis" <barrie.ellis at oneswitch.org.uk>
To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2006 9:05 AM
Subject: [games_access] Semantics


>I don't think the WHO definitions are very popular in the UK outside of the 
>medical profession. They tend to see disability in a medical sense 
>(understandably in some ways) as opposed to a social sense. Increasingly, 
>to my understanding, disabled people and groups in the UK prefer to see 
>themselves as disabled by their environment and society, and not so much by 
>themselves. Also, the word 'Handicap' is rapdily being seen as quite 
>derogatory, in large due to it's origins in the phrase 'cap in hand', 
>relating to when disabled people had to beg in the streets to survive in 
>this part of the world.
>
> Barrie
> www.OneSwitch.org.uk
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Thomas Westin" <thomas at pininteractive.com>
> To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
> Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 11:24 PM
> Subject: Re: [games_access] Game Accessibility web-site - PC time
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>> 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.
>>
>> /Thomas
>>
>> 9 years of development and education with Adobe/Macromedia Director
>> Award at the Independent Games Festival: www.terraformers.nu
>> Founder of IGDA Game Accessibility SIG www.igda.org/accessibility
>> http://www.pininteractive.com
>> ----- 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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