Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Wednesday, 29 August 2007 9:59 pm.
The following list has lots of free (and not so free) resources for building inclusive communication to print-out. To start off though, you'll need some software to edit photos with. If you don't have anything like Photoshop, I recommend looking at some of the really good free on-line picture editing systems such as Pixlr.com and the screen grab utility PixTick.
You can find photos galore from the likes of Google Images and Flickr. For symbols and systems to boost inclusive communication, have a good root round the following:
ARASAAC - Searchable symbols from a hugely impressive range.
Sclera - great for sight impaired too if made at the appropriate size. Worth checking out their links page too.
How It Is - lots of symbols based around feelings - "An image vocabulary for children about feelings, rights and safety, personal care and sexuality".
Personal Communication Passports - Great for many children and adults alike to get across things that are important to them.
Possyan-La-Coocan: Symbols from Japan.
SEN Teacher - Some lovely resources, such as clocks, money and games that you can tailor-adjust yourself.
Noun Project - A variety of free icons and symbols (not compatible with Internet Explorer, so use something like Firefox of Chrome if you can).
Teaching Learners With Multiple Special Needs - All this fine blog's symbol related posts. I recommend researching Kate's "Symbol and Photo Sets and Programs to Use Them" post for a huge range of resources.
Partners in Rhyme - Free sounds. Could be very useful tying up with cheap sound devices such as Talking Tins and Talking photo albums.
SymbolWorld - A fine news and features magazine composed in symbols.
iSpeek - Free communication passports and more.
Symbaloo - Superb symbol based front end to the internet.
Through the Maze Symbols - Pretty essential range, neatly organised. UPDATE: Presently unavailable (April 2011)
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Monday, 20 August 2007 8:01 pm.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Friday, 17 August 2007 7:04 pm.
This is the UK's best-selling PS2 magazine, so to have a five page article on accessible gaming is something special. For it to feature interviews with some of the IGDA's Game Accessibility Special Interest Group, including me, is very nice too! Go out and get yourself a copy!
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Tuesday, 14 August 2007 9:18 pm.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Monday, 13 August 2007 8:27 pm.
In the meanwhile, I've just added the 'Guitar Shred Show' to my Art Gallery links. This is wonderful fun. Click on the picture above and jam away! Works just as well as a cause and effect activity for one-switch musicians, as a way to teach guitarists Zen like skills on their instrument.
Accessibility tips: The Jam mode is the most accessible, allowing for a lot of experimentation at your own pace. Using my adapted Namco Arcade Stick or something similar with JoyToKey and one to fourteen switches should allow for some serious guitar shredding action. It may be useful to obtain a latching box device for switch users struggling to hold a switch down.
Games for Health Day Seattle is designed to provide a unique overview and introduction to this fast emerging approach to health communications, training, and therapy. This event features hands on demos of game projects aimed at health and healthcare and an array of interesting sessions.
This event is free to the first 50 participants who RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thereafter attendance is $99.00 a person.
Games for Health Day Seattle runs from 9am-7pm including a networking reception and is located at the Hotel Deca (4507 Brooklyn Avenue, NE)."
"The Accessibility Foundation proudly presents the beta release of the Audio Game Maker, a free application which enables visually impaired people to make their own sound-based computer games. The Audio Game Maker is part of Game Accessibility.com, a series of activities conducted by the Accessibility foundation in order to improve the accessibility of computer games for players with impairments.
A beta-version of Audio Game Maker was scheduled for download February 1st 2007. Unfortunately, a large fire burned the Accessibility building completely to the ground. Currently, we found a replacement office and ordered new software. The beta-release is delayed and we keep you up to date!"
This is a great achievement. I'd love to see something like this for one-switch gamers wishing to make their own games. One day...
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Thursday, 9 August 2007 9:57 pm.
The second game was Sega's "Love and Berry" (Dress up and Dance). This is not really a true one-switch game as you need to scan collectable fashion cards and also have to press two buttons simultaneously as certain points. My 9-year old daughter cringed through me asking her to play this. It's extremely soppy, where you dress up your character with cards (collect the lot for £180 if you get no doubles!). When you achieved this, you then go to the one-switch mode: hit your switch to time slapping a tamborine. Sheesh - it was grim! Not the most exciting one-switch game ever - but Japanese kids loved it orginally I'm told. Well, I did say not to get too excited.
The replacement for the proper E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), "E for All" takes place on October 18-21 - at the LA Convention Center in North America. It will be jammed packed with video gaming companies with a ton of games to play.
What's really exciting for accessible gaming, is that the organisers really mean it - and have invited along the IGDA's Game Accessibility Special Interest Group.
What this means from us, is that there truly will be "Entertainment for All" (unless you don't like games of course). Fantastic!
Just a reminder that the Retro Remakes mini competition to make the best "Point and Click" adventure game runs for the rest of this month.
Hopefully many of these games will then be accessible to head-tracker gamers as well as many others. There's some interesting work going on, including the earliest entry "The Useless Point & Click Game" as pictured above, which is actually quite fun.
This news thanks to David Colven who adapted/created these games, posting on the IGDA Game Accessibility Special Interest Group mailing list. He has also developed a very useful guide aimed at UK software developers, helping them understand the law and accessibility. Free guide download here.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Monday, 6 August 2007 10:40 pm.
I obviously had to pop into their "House of Games" and was quite pleased to see not one but two one-switch games: "Stacker", a one-button prize (not) giving machine and Sega's extremely girly "Love and Berry". I'll post more on these soon (don't get too excited), with links to a fully one-switch PC version of Stacker. News and updates back to normal soon...
Cool image via: Etherbrian
Labels: one-switch games