DAC is hosting an assistive technology and accessible gaming workshop on March 20th. For some, the ability to compete with friends in todays online video game world needs subtle but significant change in how the controllers work.

Instead of a joystick, four buttons on the left control the direction a player moves on screen. Players with disabilities have embraced the change because of the milliseconds it can potentially save, and that can mean the difference between a win or a loss in the world of e-sports.

Video game manufacturers are starting to design controllers with a number of disabilities in mind. Some controllers can be operated with one hand, or through head movements, and with the feet. Features are being added to the games themselves that allow for audio cues or vibration patterns that help people who are blind to play the game. Color palettes can be adjusted for those who are color blind.

Commercials are even starting to feature kids with disabilities playing games. Every kid wants to go to school and be able to talk about Fornite or have common ground about other games with their peers. Kids, especially, want to feel a part of the bigger community and belonging is important for mental health.

“It has been a growing awareness over time, said Karen Stevens of EA Sports, a division of Electronic Arts in Maitland. “People have realized that disabilities are very common.” Stevens, who j is deaf, initially started at Electronic Arts as a programmer but soon became the company’s lead executive on accessibility issues. “Everyone should be included,” she said. “I know what it’s like to be left out and I know how bad it feels to be left out. Every chance I have to make something more inclusive, I try.”

At the workshop, information on how gaming and assistive technology go hand in hand will be presented. People can talk about the various accommodations that may be needed with video game consoles, mobile devices, and accessories.

Join us March 20th, 4-5 pm at the Disability Action Center Moscow office, 505 N Main Street. 

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Moscow ID 83843
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(800) 475-0070

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Lewiston ID 83501
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