For children and adults with physical disabilities, the inability to fully participate and engage with their peers can be a significant challenge. However, through innovative advancements in technology, we have the opportunity to make gaming more accessible, ultimately changing lives across the globe.
We have a new special guest in today’s episode with Nomi Gallagher joining Dale to discuss ‘Making Gaming More Accessible’. Nomi is a Specialist Occupational Therapist at SpecialEffect and she highlights the benefits of gaming.
Nomi shares remarkable stories of how gaming has been adapted to accommodate physical challenges. By incorporating switches/joysticks, EyeGaze technology, and voice control, gamers with disabilities can now enjoy the benefits of gaming in ways previously unimaginable. These adaptations provide them with a level playing field, where their disability no longer holds them back from participating fully. The online gaming world offers a unique space where individuals can escape and interact with others on their own terms, free from limitations and judgment.
Listen to hear how gaming fosters inclusivity, granting individuals with disabilities the freedom to explore new experiences, connect with others and express themselves.
About Nomi Gallagher
Nomi is a specialist OT working for the charity SpecialEffect. She works with the Loan Library team helping those with physical disabilities to access video games. Her role includes initial discussions, visits (remote and occasionally in-person) to work out the best equipment options to meet the Gamer’s needs. The goal of the Loan Library team is to find a comfortable, safe gaming set up which make the most of a person’s abilities.
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