Being a fan of videogames while being disabled can be difficult. When we’re not flat-out ignored, the resources we need to enjoy our hobby are often scarce and difficult to find.
To help rectify that, here is a collection of resources, tools, and communities, both for those with disabilities and those who want to make things easier for us.
I hope this list of resources helps. If there is anything I have missed, please tweet @JoeParlock or email parlock (at) outlook (dot) com, and I will try and add it to the list.
Please note: While I am not able to personally verify every resource on this list, I have been sure to exclude defunct or too-small organisations.
I also do not claim to necessarily share the personal politics, opinions or beliefs of anyone on this list. We all just work toward the same common goal: making lives easier for disabled gamers.
I’m a disabled gamer, or know a disabled gamer, and need help:
SpecialEffect (UK) – http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/
AbleGamers – http://www.ablegamers.com/
Accessable Games – http://www.accessablegames.com/
MERU – http://meru.org.uk/
The Controller Project – http://thecontrollerproject.com/
OneSwitch – http://www.oneswitch.org.uk/
I want reviews of games that take disabled accessibility into account:
Unstoppable Gamer – http://www.unstoppablegamer.com/category/accessible-game-reviews/
GameCritics.com – http://gamecritics.com/
I am a developer and want to make my game more accessible:
Includification – http://www.includification.com/
Brannon Zahand’s accessibility guide – http://www.brannonz.com/accessibility/disabilities.html
BBC’s Accessible Game Standards (more for web-based games) – http://www.bbc.co.uk/guidelines/futuremedia/accessibility/games.shtml
IGDA Game Accessibility Special Interest Group – http://igda-gasig.org/about-game-accessibility/game-accessibility-top-ten/
Game Accessibility Guidelines – http://gameaccessibilityguidelines.com/
Alan Zucconi’s Colour Blindness tutorial – http://www.alanzucconi.com/2015/12/16/color-blindness/
I am a disabled gamer and want to find other disabled people to play with:
/r/DisabledGamers – https://www.reddit.com/r/disabledgamers/
AbleGamers Steam Group – http://steamcommunity.com/groups/ablegamers
Disabled Gamers and Friends – http://steamcommunity.com/groups/GamingHeals
I want to read more about gaming with disabilities:
Antagonise the Horn’s disabled writing masterpost – http://antagonizethehorn.com/2015/01/28/disability-and-gaming-resource-list/
My own collection of writing – https://joeparlock.wordpress.com/tag/disability/