Mainstream Gaming with Disabilities: Accessible Solutions

Thursday, May 2, 2019 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Live Broadcast
Webinar Code: AT19-WEB12-LB
Webinar Fee: $39

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This session will cover the barriers people with disabilities face when playing mainstream games and the solutions that make gaming accessible to everyone. We often focus on what it takes for someone to be productive, but being productive alone doesn’t lead to a satisfying life. Everyone needs recreational and social outlets and for many today, that comes in the form of playing games with their friends. Whether it’s enjoying the feeling of piloting your own aircraft over the american countryside on a PC flight simulator, or participating in the latest quests with your friends on your favorite console game, or even sitting down with the family to enjoy a board game, there are solutions to make these experiences accessible for everyone. This session will leave you with the knowledge necessary to rise above the obstacles that come with wanting to participate in a part of our culture that has permeated our society now more than ever.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify 5 ways that gaming benefits people with disabilities.
  2. Identify solutions for PC, Console, Mobile, and Board Gaming platforms.
  3. Identify built in accessibility features for the Xbox One and Playstation 4 video game consoles.


Benjamin Jacobs

Accommodations Specialist
Tools for Life/AMAC/Georgia Tech
Ben Jacobs is a retired Staff Sgt. serving 10 years in the United States Air Force. During his time in the USAF he provided information technology support and network security at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Osan Air Force Base Republic of South Korea, and Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. Ben currently works as the Accommodations Specialist at Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program. Ben is an expert in emerging technologies and consumer based accessibility solutions for people of all ages and abilities. Ben is a highly sought after national level speaker, specializing in the areas of smart home technologies and accessible gaming for all. Ben currently lives in Alpharetta, Georgia with his wife, Liz Persaud.
Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: No
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: No



Target Audience

Accessibility Professionals, AT Professionals, Educators, Family Members, Individuals with Disabilities

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