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Resource Roundup: Educational Games and Accessibility

As an educational game developer, it’s on us to ensure that the experiences we create are accessible to as many learners as possible. In recent years, we’ve grown our game design repertoire by not only helping organizations around the globe create custom learning games, but working closely with our partners to implement key accessibility features as well – a great example being our recent efforts adding ELL supports to some of iCivics’ recent games! 

Today, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite educational gaming-focused accessibility resources – all of which are totally free, and available right here on the Filament Games blog! Check out our recommended articles below – and be sure to shout-out some of your other favorites over on our Twitter and Facebook.

Educational Game Design and Accessibility

As part of our ongoing efforts to highlight the intersection of game-based learning and equity, we recently sat down with game designer Colin Skinner for a chat about his recent work bringing accessibility features to our recent iCivics game releases. In this in-depth interview, Colin offers a candid look at design strategies along with lessons learned from creating games like Cast Your Vote and Court Quest.

Further reading: Designing Accessible Educational Games

Creating Games for International Audiences

As our world becomes increasingly globalized, it’s key that game developers ensure that the games we create are accessible and appealing to players across the planet. Over the past decade, we’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with clients around the world on custom games for learning and impact – and along the way, we’ve learned a thing or two about designing educational games for global audiences.

Further reading: Designing Educational Games for International Audiences

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is a vital, yet under-discussed segment of the EdTech landscape. From custom hardware designed to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility, to in-game accessibility features like Smart Steering in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, there are a host of ways that assistive technology can enable people with disabilities to participate in technology-driven pedagogies like game-based learning.

Further reading: Assistive Technology and Game-Based Learning

For more educational gaming insights, check out these related articles:
How AbleGamers Charity Improves the Lives of Gamers With Disabilities
Gaming for a Good Cause: 5 Charities You Should Support
Game-Based Learning for Nonprofits

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