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The AbleGamers Foundation is pleased to announce the unveiling of Includification – a 48 page, fully illustrated how-to guide for videogame developers and publishers road-mapping the exact solutions needed to design an accessible game.
“For nearly a decade, our organization has been reaching out to developers convincing them they need to include accessibility for gamers with disabilities,” said Mark Barlet, President and Founder of the AbleGamers Foundation. “As that message has been increasingly accepted in the video game industry, the question has slowly turned into “Okay, we need to make our games accessible, but how?””
“We believe this document and its companion website www.includification.com will serve to answer any questions a developer might have about the solutions needed to make their games accessible to the disability community,” continued Mr. Barlet. “What thrills me the most is that our recommendations can be updated via the website as new technology and information arises. The videogame industry is a living breathing entity and we need to treat it as such by updating information as it comes in.”
“Words cannot express how extremely proud I am of this document, this organization and everyone who helped bring this together. This is the culmination of the hard work and dedication everyone at our nonprofit has put in over the last 8 years,” said Steve Spohn, Editor-in-Chief of AbleGamers.com “It is my sincerest wish that a copy of this document sits on the desk of every developer, in the resource area of every library and with every major publisher across the world. It’s time game accessibility leaped to the next level and these guidelines show developers exactly how to enable gamers with disabilities in the easiest, most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.”

The AbleGamers publication, Includification, includes numerous detailed explanations of common problems for gamers with disabilities, solutions for those problems, printable checklists, developer exercises and personal letters from industry insiders to the game industry.
Download Includification for free.

In June 2011, Vodafone Foundation, together with AGE Platform Europe and the European Disability Forum, launched a unique initiative challenging developers to design mobile applications to improve the lives of ageing people and people with disabilities. Four winning applications will be selected and announced at the Awards Night on 5 December 2011, 17.30hrs, Arsenal at the Chaussée de Wavre 950, 1040 – Bruxelles.

Keynotes speeches will be given by:
Vittorio Colao, CEO, Vodafone Group
Anne-Sophie Parent, Secretary General, AGE Platform Europe
Rodolfo Cattani, Secretary & Chair of the ICT Expert Group, European Disability Forum

The event will be followed by a reception & buffet dinner

RSVP by 29 November smartawards2011@vodafone.com.

The event will be held in English with translation into sign language.

ACCESSIBLE (an EU FP7 project spanning over 36 months) will keep its survey online that aims at identifying the user needs of Developers, Accessibility Assessors, Elderly and Disabled People, Public Bodies, and Service Providers in the field of accessible software implementations.
If you are interested in contributing, these questionnaires (accessible via http://www.accessible-project.eu/index.php/questionnaire.html) are completely anonymous, and are available in German, Greek, Portuguese, Italian, English, and Bulgarian.

ACCESSIBLE is an EU FP7 project spanning over 36 months. Started on 1 September 2008, it aims at improving the accessibility of software development products, by introducing a harmonised accessibility methodology into accessible software development processes, using significantly better measurement strategies, methodologies, etc. The envisaged improvement will enable large organisations, SMEs or individuals (developers, designers, etc.) to produce software products of superior accessibility and usability, accompanied with appropriate measures, technologies and tools that improve their overall quality.
The survey addresses Developers, Accessibility Assessors, Elderly and Disabled People, Public Bodies, and Service Providers and has been designed to identify the user needs within the premises of the ACCESSIBLE EU FP7 project. Its evaluation will be the basis to implement appropriate tools and methodologies in order to increase awareness and need for accessibility.
If you are interested in contributing, these questionnaires (accessible via http://www.accessible-project.eu/index.php/questionnaire.html) are completely anonymous, and are available in German, Greek, Portuguese, Italian, English, and Bulgarian.

ACCESSIBLE project will keep this survey online throughout the project duration.