[games_access] ALERT Press Release

d. michelle hinn hinn at uiuc.edu
Mon Apr 28 13:11:54 EDT 2008

FYI -- Many of you know that ALERT (Accessible Learning through
Entertainment and Recreation Tools) was released to the public
recently. This is a project co-sponsored by the SIG and is aimed at
educators whose budgets are far too low as most of us know. To help
raise awareness amongst educators about the free service, I've sent
out this press release to our list of educators and educational
technologists. This is a Press Release that is being sent out to
educators and such.

- Michelle

Accessible Learning through Entertainment and Recreation Tools
(ALERT) Project Released

Champaign, IL and Salem, MA

April 2, 2008

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Game
Accessibility Special Interest Group (GA-SIG) and 7-128 Software are
pleased to announce the release of the Accessible Learning through
Entertainment and Recreation Tools (ALERT) Project.

The ALERT Project is a free on-line service for people searching for
free or low-cost accessible computer games suitable for learning or
rehabilitative environments. The service provides the following

- Where to get those games for free or at low cost
- What to look for in selecting those games, quickly, and with fewer
costly mistakes
- How to apply those games to learning objectives
- Who to go to for free help

This information will be updated over the course of 2008 with a
growing series of "How To" articles written by Eleanor Robinson,
former college instructor and current game developer.

The ALERT Project is a result of information requests about available
resources from educators to the IGDA GA-SIG and to 7-128 Software.
"As both a game industry consultant about accessibility and as an
educational psychologist, when the ALERT Project was originally
announced I immediately thought about getting the word out about the
project to people working in the field of education, including those
in special education and educational technology. With funding crises
in education, particularly in the United States, schools could really
benefit from this free resource that could help many students,
particularly those with disabilities, gain the educational
opportunities that educational games can provide," Michelle Hinn,
IGDA GA-SIG Chairperson said.
Hinn is one of the Accessibility Experts who have volunteered to
answer questions related to accessible games. Other IGDA GA-SIG
members who are Accessibility Experts working with 7-128 Software
include: Reid Kimball, Barrie Ellis, Mark Barlet, Thomas Westin,
Eelke Folmer, and John Bannick, CTO of 7-128 Software.

"With the ALERT Project, we've tried to answer the plea of school
psychologists, special education teachers, geriatric care managers,
and similar professionals who want to use computer games with their
students and patients but don't know where to start," said Bannick.
The ALERT Project is available without cost or registration at

About the IGDA Game Accessibility Special Interest Group (GA-SIG)

The IGDA Game Accessibility SIG is a game industry advocacy group
formed to promote awareness of the issues that gamers with
disabilities face and to help provide solutions that can be used to
design games that are accessible to all. For more information on the
IGDA Game Accessibility SIG, please visit
http://www.igda.org/accessibility -- Press inquiries should be
directed to the SIG chairperson Michelle Hinn at hinn at uiuc.edu or by
mobile phone at 1.217.898.9684.

About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)

The International Game Developers Association is a non-profit
professional society that is committee to advancing the careers and
enhancing the lives of game developers by connecting members with
their peers, promoting professional development, and advocating on
issues that affect the developer community. For more information on
the IGDA, please visit http://www.igda.org
About 7-128 Software

7-128 Software is a game development studio in the casual games
market. They have released over 30 games, including the Inspector
Cyndi in Newport mystery series. The various games are accessible to
gamers with visual, auditory, cognitive, and mobility impairments.
Many of these games are also focused on "brain training." For more
information about 7-128 Software, please visit http://www.7128.com --
Press inquires should be directed to Cynthia A Geller, Vice President
of Marketing and Sales, at c_geller2008 at 7128.com or at 1.978.745.0160.
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