People wishing to guarantee an e-mail getting to me might like to try piecing together: oneswitch [hat] gmail [dot] com.
'FYI - memory card games at Sadlier-Oxford Phonics work as two switch scanning games (set one switch to "TAB" and the other to "ENTER"). Some of the others may work as well. Comment if you find any, please. I have made it a habit to always do a TAB/ENTER two switch test when I encounter an interesting "mainsteam" educational online [game].'
The suit is intended to be worn by runners supporting The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society in the Bath Half-Marathon and the London Marathon. They'll be able to blow water out using an accessibility switch housed within the suit. Fantastic!
I found the Basic Computer Skills especially enjoyable. I certainly recommend this to new users finding the likes of SEN Switcher too easy. There's some great revisions on the way too as I understand to make switch access even more versatile.
What's extremely nice is that OneSwitch.org.uk has been placed top in the Motion Impaired list. I'm not sure if it's deserved with the site feeling so half-finished - but I'm very happy for the ranking so thank you 7-128! Thanks also of course to Retro Remakes, William Pilgrim the IGDA's GASIG and everyone else that's helped make OneSwitch what it is. Stop me now - I'm starting to feel all Kate Winslet.
Fantastic image via Flickr.
Current problems are with broken links within the switch games library. Currently you won't be able to download all games from the main links, but you can get them all from the drop-down A-Z games menu here. Hope to get this fixed early next week [EDIT: fixed already thanks to Retro Remakes].
I miss the SEGA Dreamcast's promise. After the likes of Shenmue, Typing of the Dead, Samba De Amigo, Jet Set Radio and Seaman where's the equivalent new weird and wonderful batch for the current generation?
A really good place to start is their Switch Systems entry here. They are lacking their own accessible games section so hopefully someone (maybe me) will take up the gauntlet for that soon.
"GATE is actually a Wiki, which is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. It's a little like Wikipedia, but just concentrating on assistive technology. GATE is very simple to use, with a control panel enabling you to add content and more. More about Wikis . . .
This wiki has been created by AbilityNet, the UK's largest provider of advice and information on all aspects of Access to technology. The purpose of the wiki is to provide live and up to date information on all aspects of Assistive Technology."
I used to run a lot 20 years ago often six miles down to Southend sea front, treating myself with a turn on Gorf or Gravitar, before turning back with my wobbly tape Walkman on. I then learnt how to drive and liked that (and sitting on my backside) a lot more than running. I'm not 17 any more and my knock knees haven't got any better. It's going to be tough but I really want to do this as the cause is a fantastic one. Here's a little update from Special Effect:
"We've now raised £20,000 towards our appeal to create a special computer games suite at the Helen and Douglas House Hospice. We need to raise another £40,000. As part of these efforts we have people taking part in our 3 Peaks Challenge and have a team of runners in the British 10K.
SpecialEffect has just found out that we've been short listed for a national award for our Games Roadshows following our national innovation award in December.
SpecialEffect Roadshows were such a great success in 2008 that they are back with a brand new collection of games! 2008 Roadshows were extremely beneficial to SpecialEffect in helping us assess which games worked with which control methods so that we can develop a range that works for different abilities and ages. We have been researching different up to date games for our systems and are very excited to have a brand new selection to try out at our Roadshows 2009!"
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For instance pressing the yellow MODE A button could give you access to six different DVD functions such as Play, Pause and Skipping. MODE B could be devoted to TV controls such as volume up/down, channel up/down and power on/off. MODE C could be devoted to iPod (via an infra-red docking bay) or CD control. MODE D could be devoted to a mix of infra-red toys.
The really great thing is that all buttons are switch accessible. There's a useful list from Dynavox (famous for their communication devices) of infra-red accessible toys to give some more ideas. Swotting up on "How Infrared Remote Control Toys Work" may help you pick other suitable choices from the likes of eBay. Very nice bit of kit.
"When you can ... make it accessible and make it possible, you should just include that in the overall picture. ".
Link via: Mike Taylor of Excitim.