Category : Gaming

Living the Dream in Virtual Worlds

July 24th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Living the Dream in Virtual Worlds

A couple of readers were intrigued that I devoted an entire chapter to the use of virtual environments among people with disabilities, thinking that such technologies were past their sell-by date. This recent video from Colorado Public News’ YouTube channel validates my mention of these online activities. Alice Krueger of Virtual Ability says it best: […]

Mind-Controlled Video Games

May 30th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Mind-Controlled Video Games

Timothy Hay of the Wall Street Journal yesterday released a great piece on the emerging prevalence of mind-controlled video games.

Kinetix Academy Begins at Lakeside Center for Autism

May 20th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Kinetix Academy Begins at Lakeside Center for Autism

A great new development is the creation of Kinetix Academy, the result of LCA winning the “Innovation in Issaquah” award for their use of the Kinect in therapy.

Using the Kinect for Children with Behavioral Disorders

May 9th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Using the Kinect for Children with Behavioral Disorders

An automated system that keeps watch over children could spot the telltale signs of autism and lead to earlier diagnoses, according to an article in New Scientist.

Ten-Year-Old Creates Audio Only Game for his Blind Grandmother

April 15th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Ten-Year-Old Creates Audio Only Game for his Blind Grandmother

Dylan Viale created an audio-only game to share his enjoyment of video games with his grandmother, who is blind.

Holiday Shopping for the Disabled Video Gamer

December 3rd, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Holiday Shopping for the Disabled Video Gamer

Every holiday season, the wonderful folks at AbleGamers release their annual Shopping List for accessible gaming. This year’s list includes assistive input controls, iPad tablet mounts, joystick extenders, plug-in specialty keyboards, XBox 360 devices, Kinect add-ons for people in wheelchairs, and links for the DIY disabled gamer. They also provide the top three games of […]

FDA Approval for Cognitive Video Games?

October 3rd, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on FDA Approval for Cognitive Video Games?

An article this week on NewScientist Health mentions a recent example of video game creators seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market their products as therapeutic drugs. Brain Plasticity (who received $3.65 million in funding in 2010) is a company that has developed a game to help people with schizophrenia improve […]

iPad Games Help People with Autism and Cerebral Palsy

July 28th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on iPad Games Help People with Autism and Cerebral Palsy

A piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday discussed the use of multitouch technology — such as that used in iPads, smartphones, and tablet devices — are being investigated as therapy for people living with cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorders. Researchers from three North American universities are developing therapeutic applications for these devices, branching […]

Gamers with Disabilities Battling for Recognition

July 17th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Gamers with Disabilities Battling for Recognition

An article in Wired’s GameLife section details the struggle that players are having in bringing accessibility to video games. This isn’t merely an issue of accommodating users with a physical disability, such as Chuck Bittner (pictured), who has quadriplegia and can only reach certain buttons on standard Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 controllers. The challenge […]