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Switch adapted remote control dog with light up eyes.

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Accessibility Lucky Dip: Autumn 2017 (1)

Image of a cardboard box full of variously wrapped presents. Lucky Dip 20p a go.

As is the norm these days, there's been more accessible leisure news than I can keep up with. Here's another lucky dip of bits and bobs of interest...

Happy looking boy in a wheelchair using a C-SID accessible game controller with switches to play a video game.

The 10th Anniversary of SpecialEffect is getting nice coverage. The UK Game Industry's MCV published an excellent article following the success of SE's One Special Day fundraiser. Love the photo featuring Arlo using the trusty old C-SID. So pleased that SE turned into the success it has, and to have been involved from the early days (starting with game reviews and later supplying their first road-show kit and providing accessible gaming training to volunteers.

GamesIndustry.Biz also posted an article on the history and hopes of SpecialEffect (although it's not true as stated that there were no specialists in accessible gaming pre-SpecialEffect). Things have come a long way since then thanks to an amazing team built up by Mick Donegan, and all the people sharing ideas, knowledge time, money and effort to further the cause of accessible gaming. A good story. :)



Image of a lady holding an Android tablet device with lime green soft case and a range of grid items with communication symbols.

The Financial Times posted "Disability tech goes mainstream". It includes detail on the Open Voice Factory and hopes for an affordable Braille E-reader.

Also featured is another piece on SpecialEffect and a fine video. Chuffed to see in it AJ using the Clive Galway UCR (Universal Controller Remapper) set-up I helped to build at SE. Nice fella too.




The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology (APPGAT) is running the "Enabling Play: Assistive Technology and Learning Through Play" event on the 22nd of November in the UK. "AT for play, play for AT and AT for play insight. By bringing together experts and policymakers to discuss the latest developments in the sector, this high-profile panel discussion will address the next steps for helping children gain access to play opportunities." - See the APPGAT link for more.


Microsoft Inclusive Tech Lab. Bryce and Evelyn.

Microsoft Inclusive Tech Lab. C-SID II from OneSwitch.org.uk with two AbleNet type switches.

Finally for now, so nice to see Microsoft get recognition for their new Inclusive Tech Lab in The Dean Beat. Was a privilege to help them get set-up with some initial accessible gaming equipment. Love the C-SID II / Adapted Mayflash with Bass Drum pedal and switches set-up. Very good mantra in the: "When you do not intentionally, deliberately include ... you will unintentionally exclude"


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Profile Shifting


Recently worked on the "How To Use Profile Shifting..." guide at SpecialEffect. Such an under used and useful method for getting better access to games. Can be made available on most consoles and PCs.

For more information on Universal Controller Remapper or profile swapping mods, just get in touch via SpecialEffect or here. See loads more SpecialEffect help videos at their YouTube channel.


Showing the controls needed to shift profiles in a particular game accessibility example.

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Chase's Accessible Gaming Controls - Playing Sonic Racing With a Joystick


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Tomy Cosmic Clash


Things on a slight back-foot at the moment, whilst the wheels churn. The very talented Shaz Hossain has rebuilt my web-site which will enable me to get running with new projects.

Meanwhile, here's some filler. A Tomy Cosmic Clash. It's all mechanical (so not suitable for a conventional accessibility switch adaptation)... but what a clever little contraption. I had something similar as a child but no where near as advanced. Nice.

Picture via: The Old Robots.com


Mini Arcade by Tomy

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30 Days at Sea


30 Days Timelapse at Sea is a great candidate for TarHeel Gameplay for one-switch cause and effect control.

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Everybody's Gaming (via Glam & Geeky Mum)


Great looking new accessible gaming YouTube channel, "Everybody's Gaming". EGX video should be next. :)


Two hands balancing a game pad. Family of all sorts together.

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Release (Vectrex)



Probably the best game I've ever played on my Vectrex in 20+ years is Release, brought out this year by Malban. This will be getting a low-key demo at EGX from midday on Thursday the 21st only on the SpecialEffect stand.

The set-up uses: A OneSwitch.org.uk switch adapted standard Vectrex controller. The Release cartridge (soon from PackRat Video Games). Stereo sound via the Vectrex AudioPuck from Obtanium Gaming which I've mounted internally. Finally the psychedelic colour overlay from eBay seller Retrosounds.

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Playstation 4 (PS4) accessibility options screen in German. Barrierefreiheit


Some organisations in Germany who may be able to help with assistive technology to enable accessible video gaming.

Barrirerefrei Kommunizieren (Bonn / Berlin).

Aktion Mensh have supported some game accessibility efforst as seen on the Biu-Online.de blog.

Some other avenues to approach include: tjfbg.de (general assistive technology), barrierefreiheit.de, MedienArbeit-nrw.de, Digital projects support and World of Genesis.

Most links via: Sandra Uhling.

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