[games_access] Health Games

Robert Florio arthit73 at cablespeed.com
Sun Nov 18 13:24:51 EST 2007


Nice to meet you Steve. That's an awesome thing you are doing I wish I
could be part of something like that.

Robert



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From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-bounces at igda.org]
On Behalf Of Steve Waddell
Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2007 11:42 AM
To: games_access at igda.org
Subject: [games_access] Health Games



A quick introduction and then onto my thoughts.



I am Steve Waddell and I met Michelle at the E for All Conference. My
company, I Support Learning, creates educational games. One of our games
teaches middle and high school students how to create video games. In our
product we have the students creating auditory games for the blind, and
physical activity/ health games utilizing different human computer
interfaces. We have partnered with a medical research univeristy and already
have student teams in FL, CA, TX, KS, WI.... creating health games that will
be highlighted as part of the future game designers competition which is run
by the Support Learning Foundation and in part sponsored by the Kauffman
Foundation.



Through our work we already have some experience with students creating
games and games that are directly aimed at health issues (smoking, diabetes,
health habits ...). Our exit interviews with students has been incredibly
enlightening as the the impact of the immersion. To date none of those games
are truly accessible to all players.



I think it is great that the Accessibility SIG is getting involved with this
movement. As I mentioned to Michelle in LA I have always had an interest in
accessibility issues and gaming. It is why we have created our immersive
courses to teach students to create so that players with different
challenges can play games.



I apologize for not posting earlier, but we have a large game project for
the Dept of Commerce that we are working to finish. I promise to get more
involved with this SIG and may be able to help with additional funding
and/or partnerships that may translate to funding. I noticed the posting
about SBIRs. That is an opportunity. But, as we found out - it takes a
little bit to get through the initial paperwork before you can get involved
with the application process. As with any government funding - lot's of
little hoops to jump through.



Sorry for the long post - just wanted to let you know who I am.



Steve Waddell

swaddell at iusupportlearning.com





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