[games_access] Legislating for Game Accessibility

David Colven colven at ace-centre.org.uk
Thu Dec 20 05:21:41 EST 2007

I sis some work for BECta in 2007 looking at the legal responsibilities of
schools and software suppliers re accessibility and reasonable adjustment.

We obtained some legal advice re the DDA, SENDA and the Disability Equality
Duty and certainly with regard to software in schools and web delivered
materials in general the acts do apply.

When it comes to games suppliers it is not so certain and it seems to hinge
around whether services or goods are being supplied.

Anyway you can see the legal bits at:


Seasons greetings


At 17:06 19/12/07, you wrote:

>Don't want to stir this up, but....


>Not so sure that legislating for greater accessibility in software is such

>an evil,...........................

>So if an expectancy of "reasonable adjustments" in commercial software was

>introduced (which I truly belive will eventually happen) how badly would

>the artistic side of things be affected? What is reasonable is the tricky

>point... But I didn't see too many shop keepers crying about giving

>greater access to shoppers with different abilities.



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