[games_access] Research Game Accessibility
Thomas Christopher Roome
thomas.roome at student.utdallas.edu
Wed May 31 22:20:06 EDT 2006
Let me introduced myself, I am Thomas Roome a graduate student at the
University of Texas at Dallas. In 1995, I received my master?s in
Rehabilitation Counseling, but I never was able to find employment in
the field. To cut a long story short I am back in college wanting to
focus on game Accessibility for the disabled. I have Cerebral Palsy
and only can work a keyboard with my left foot and I do as much as I
can with my foot. Have anyone on this list ever try to work a regular
Xbox controller with your foot? It is very difficult to play a game
like Doom 3 or another game like it. I have seen information about
one-switch systems, but don?t know if these systems could interact with
the mainstream games?
The University of Texas at Dallas has a program in Arts and Technology,
and game development is one of many things that the students can learn.
I am trying to convince the university that research needs to be done
in Game Accessibility and begin to teach game accessibility to students
in the game development track. First, I need to know what type of
research have been done in game accessibility? I don?t want to work on
problems that have been solve along time ago. Second, what are the
major problems adapting the mainstream game for people with Mobility
Disabilities? Eventually, I want to apply for a grant and really try
making games more accessible for everyone.
Thank you for your time!
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