[games_access] Research Game Accessibility

d. michelle hinn hinn at uiuc.edu
Wed May 31 23:45:52 EDT 2006

Welcome Tom!

I'm sure you'll find lots of others on this list who can guide you to 
some great alternative controllers for consoles.

Have you done some searching for research in game accessibility 
without much luck? I know that there are people in the games for 
health and rehab areas who have done quite a bit more than game 
accessibility for mainstream games. There should be a few people who 
share your interests here! So welcome!

Also, check out the forums at http://www.game-accessibility.com/ -- 
we're trying to get some threads going on research in gaming plus 
there's a whole section on mobility disabilities there. We share 
these forums with gameaccessibility.com (who are members are this sig 

Chairperson, IGDA Game Accessibility SIG

>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!  
>Thank You,
>Tom Roome
>games_access mailing list
>games_access at igda.org
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