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Accessible Game Experts - Whom to Go to For Help

These people all are experts in one or more areas of accessible computer games.

They have volunteered their time to answer your technical questions about accessibility and computer games.

To contact an Accessible Game Expert, please use the email address or Web site address listed below.

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Barrie Ellis

www.OneSwitch.org.uk
Barrie Ellis is an expert in accessible games for physically disabled adults.

He has 15 years of experience working with learning and physically disabled adults, including those with severe disabilities. He has promoted accessible gaming at the UK Classic Gaming Expo.

He founded and currently operates OneSwitch, a website aimed at providing information on assistive technology products for people able to use a single button. He currently works alongside the accessible gaming charity, Special Effect, in bringing games to all children. He is active in the IGDA Game Accessibility SIG.

Peter Verhoeven

www.magnifiers.org/
Peter Verhoeven is an expert in screen magnifiers.

He has over 8 years of experience evaluating and recommending screen magnifiers. He currently works as a project manager for a world leader in the Information and Communications Technology industry.

He founded and currently operates Screen Magnifiers, a non-profit independent organization whose objective is to provide free information about software and hardware to improve access to computers, information and the Internet by people with vision problems.

Mark Barlet

ioo@ablegamers.com
Mark Barlet is an expert in computer game accessibility, especially motion impairment.

He has over 15 years of professional software experience. He is a disabled American veteran who has lead development efforts for the United States government, major online retailers and international web operations.

He currently manages Quality Assurance for a software company. He founded and operates the AbleGamers Web site, dedicated to all forms of accessiblity in computer games. He is active in the IGDA Game Accessibility SIG.

Thomas Westin

thomas@pininteractive.com
Thomas Westin is an expert in audio computer games.

He is a co-founder of Pin Interactive, developer of the award-winning blind-accessible Terraformers game. He co-founded the Game Accessibility SIG of the International Game Developers Association and has spoken at numerous conferences.

He is currently a lecturer and tutor at Stockholm University, where he is developing a general model for implementing existing game accessibility design patterns an guidelines.

Thomas Ward

tward@usagames.com
Thomas Ward is an expert in computer games for people who are blind.

He has 10 years of software engineering experience in a wide variety of languages and platforms.

He is founder and CEO of USA Games, developers of blind-accessible games, moderates the Audyssey.org forum, and is active in the open source accessibility community.

Dark

dark@xgam.org
Luke Hewitt is widely known on the Web by his handle, Dark. He is an expert in games for people who are blind or visually impaired.

He has been playing computer games since his first Atari at age 4. He has consulted for computer game developers on how to make their games blind-accessible.

He currently moderates the AudioGames.net forum and is a PhD candidate at Durham University, England.

Eelke Folmer

eelke.folmer@gmail.com
Eelke Folmer is an expert in accessible computer games, including Blind, Vision Impaired, Color Blind, and Motion Impaired issues. He is also an expert in MMO's and virtual worlds.

He has held software engineering positions in academic and industry for 10 years, including work on the European Union Software Architecture for Usability project. He has been published in a variety of academic, industry, and popular media.

He is currently an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is active in the IGDA Game Accessibilty SIG.

Michelle Hinn

hinn@uiuc.edu
Michelle Hinn is an expert in multimedia usability, with an emphasis on accessible computer use in education.

She has 13 years of academic and industry software experience including Xbox usability testing at Microsoft. She has given many presentations on, and is widely published in the use of computers in education.

She is the current Chairperson of the IGDA Game Accessibility SIG and on the editorial board for the ACM Computers in Entertainment magazine, while completing her PhD in Educational Psychology.

Eleanor Robinson

eleanor@7128.com
Eleanor Robinson is an expert in accessible computer games for seniors and the cognitively impaired.

She is a former Marine Officer, college instructor, Chief of the New Hampshire Bureau of Health Facilites Administration, and consultant on elder living facilities.

She is currently Chief Operating Officer for 7-128 Software, where she designs and codes accessible computer games.

John Bannick

jbannick@7128.com
John Bannick is an expert in user interfaces.

He is a former Air Force Officer with 30 years of professional software engineering experience.

He is currently Chief Technical Officer for 7-128 Software, where he designs and codes accessible computer games. He is an active member of the IGDA Game Accessibility SIG, the ACM Accessibility and Human Computer Interaction SIGs, the Boston Visually Impaired and Blind Users Group, and the Boston Voice Users Group.

Veli-Pekka Tštilš

vtatila@gmail.com
Veli-Pekka Tštilš is an expert in computer games for the visually impaired.

He has been playing computer games that are accessible to the visually impaired for 10 years. His detailed and extensive analyses of visual impairment accomodations are seen on many forums throughout the Web.

He recently completed his graduate studies at the University of Oulu, Finnland. His research focuses on the efficiency of the keyboard interface in desktop graphical user interfaces for screen reader users.

Richard van Tol

richard.vantol@kmt.hku.nl
Richard van Tol is an expert in the audio aspects of accessible games.

He has 8 years of experience in the field of game accessibility.

He co-founded AudioGames.net and managed game-accessibility.com, two leading Web communities, and worked on the Game Accessibility Project for the Bartimeus Accessibility Foundation. He has developed blind-accessible games. He is active in the IGDA Game Accessibility SIG.

He currently is an accessibility researcher, audio game designer, and PhD candidate at the University of Portsmouth, England. He teaches game audio design at the Utrecht School of Arts.

Robert Florio

arthit73@cablespeed.com
Robert Florio is an expert in motion-impaired accessible games.

He has 4 years of experience in the field of game accessibility.

He is a frequent speaker on motion impairment issues, particularly related to accessible games. He is a professional artist who paints and is degreed in Game Art and Design. He maintains a Web site, www.robertflorio.com, about art and game accessibility. He is active in the IGDA Game Accessibility SIG.

He currently is working on a game project for Acclaim Games.

Accessible Games Forums - Where to Go For Help

These forums are where you can find many of the above Experts, plus more people who can help you.

All of them are free of charge. All of them are easy to use. All are accessible to some, if not all of our Accessibility modalities.

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Audyssey

www.audyssey.org/
A very active forum of developers and players of computer games for people who are blind.

In their own words: “The main purpose for us is to provide a place where anyone can learn about games which are specifically for blind people, or just happen to be usable by blind people.”

AudioGames

www.audiogames.net
An active forum of players of computer games for people who are blind.

In their own words: “AudioGames.net is a site dedicated to audio games (games based on sound) and blind-accessible games.”

The Zone BBS

www.zonebbs.com/
The most populated forum for gamers, and others, who are blind.

In their own words: “The Zone BBS is an online community where you can meet new people, play games, and get away from the more stressful parts of life.”

AbleGamers

www.ablegamers.com
This very professional looking site with forums for gamers who are motion impaired or blind is growing rapidly.

In their own words: AbleGamers was founded on "...the hope that we can make a difference if we let ourselves be heard. Gaming is fun that should be accessible to everyone."

DeafGamers

www.deafgamers.com.com
This site has a forum for gamers who are deaf.

In their own words: "At Deaf Gamers the way we review the software is a little different as it's from a deaf persons perspective."

The Game Accessibility Project

www.game-accessibility.com/
Multiple forums for Visually Disabled Gamers, Auditory Disabled Gamers, Physically Disabled Gamers, and Learning Disabled Gamers.

In their own words: “This website aims to inform disabled gamers about the availability of accessible games, and functions at the same time as an academic resource for developers, publishers and researchers in order to stimulate accessibility in games.”

Yahoo Screen Magnifiers Group

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com
/group/magnifiers/
This Yahoo group is a forum for people interested in screen magnifiers.

In their own words: "Subscribers can discuss about accessibility features for the computer, how improve the accessibility to the computer and the Internet. They can do that by sharing their information and experiences, by giving other subscribers support and by sending tips and tricks to list."