Happy Halloween from a 1970s Childhood

The stuff of my childhood nightmares: Everything above, Mutually Assured Destruction, night-time shadow monsters and snakes, the dark bit in Super Man II, the lift that took you down to be eaten by Ovion Alien's in Battlestar Galactica, the picture of a three headed devil dog in my brother's book of Sci-Fi art, Uncle Deadly in The Muppets and the unexpected bit at the end of Strawberry Field's Forever.

It progressed to a dull dread of disco dancing, dying before I finish my three books, the collapse of society before we get a chance to make it all much better and public speaking. Happy Halloween!

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Xbox One and PS4: Accessibility Boosts

Ease of Access on Xbox One. Due in October 2015.

Thanks in no small part to impending USA legislation, the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (the CVAA) kicking into video game relevance, Sony and (sometime this month) Microsoft are finally boosting the accessibility of their consoles. This is just in time for their deadline for compliance this month (October 2015).

Games released to the US market are exempt from CVAA accessibility law until January 2017 so there will be improvements there too. I really hope this won't be all though. The remapping options are far too basic for my liking on the PS4, with a single profile and little flexibility beyond the basics. Certainly no help for those unable to manage the track-pad and six-axis motion controls, and nothing for someone who might like to mix up the power of the thumb-sticks.

I see nothing particularly here to aid players with slower reactions, those unable to cope with complex controls and those needing far easier difficulty adjustment. These fledgling stepping stones are great news, but more is needed, especially so in aiding people facing cognitive and physical barriers.

Top image via AbleGamers, CVAA details via Ian Hamilton and Game-Accessibility.com.

PS4 Accessibility features.

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iOS Switch Recipes and Guided Access

Switch Recipes in iOS9. Starry background with a red switch in front.

Ian Bean has just recently posted two simple to follow guides to give a fine introduction to Switch Recipes and Guided Access on Apple iOS (iPads and iPhones).

These are brilliant access features to get to grips with for iOS which I hope Android will one day replicate. Huge thanks to Apple and all backers for adding Switch Recipes especially.

I hope to add my own video soon focussing more on Switch Recipes and the fantastic potential for mobile one-switch games, photography, music creation and more...

iOS Guided Access: image of a padlock in front of a surprised caveman.

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Assistive Technology: What does it mean to you?

Great short video from Assistive Technology Ireland with a group of people using AT (including my C-SID). I hope too for the day that the input device you want to use, be it via switches, eye-gaze or whatever will interface with any technology you want. One day... 

C-SID switch accessible interface for Xbox One, PS4 and more.




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