We invite members of the press, researchers in games studies, disability studies, inclusive design and other related fields, parents, and gamers to join us in launching the first-ever AbleGamers Accessibility Arcade in Canada, to be permanently hosted by the Semaphore Research Cluster, iSchool (Faculty of Information), University of Toronto.
The arcade itself will include the most up-to-date technology and controllers designed to enable gamers with disabilities access to today’s most popular video games. The arcade will be permanently open to the public, by appointment, but the 100% hands-on demonstration will be staffed on opening day by accessibility experts, including the Founder of AbleGamers, Mark Barlet.
To schedule an interview during the media session:
With Mark Barlet: please contact Steven Spohn at press@AbleGamers.com.
With Dr. Sara Grimes or Dr. Alison Harvey, the academic researchers collaborating on the project: please contact Amy Ratelle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Session: 11:00-11:30am
Open House and Demonstrations: 11:30am-2:00pm
We are pleased to announce that the Opening Address will be presented by Tanya Lewis. Dr. Lewis is the Director of Academic Success and Accessibility Services, and has been at U of T for almost five years. She held a similar position at Ryerson for eight years. She has a PhD from OISE/UT and has extensive experience working in non profit community organizations in disability-related issues.
Accessibility and Play Session with Mark Barlet: 2:00-4:00pm
UPDATE: Due to the nature of demand, we have restructured the Master Class into a more informal Open Session with Mark Barlet.Participation is open to all interested in issues of accessibility in gaming and games research.
Venue accessibility statement:
The Accessibility Lab is a fully wheelchair accessible space, including an accessible washroom. Guide/Assistance Dogs are welcome in the space. If you require specific accommodations not included here, please contact Amy Ratelle at email@example.com, a minimum of 5 business days prior to the event.
When & Where
Semaphore Research Cluster
Semaphore is a research cluster at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, dedicated to inclusive design in the area of mobile and pervasive computing. At the heart of this research are the complimentary goals of providing (a) the ability to access mobile and pervasive computing services and information in a variety of settings, activities and environments and (b) the ability to transform these environments and tools to reduce disability brought on by a mismatch between individuals and their environments. These two goals entail both theoretical and applied research into three related areas: Participatory Material Culture, Sensory Information Processing and Adaptive Games and Inclusive Play.
Semaphore is led by Director Matt Ratto (Faculty of Information) and Associate Directors Sara Grimes (Faculty of Information) and Rhonda McEwen (Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology). Semaphore is part of the CFI and ORF funded Inclusive Design Institute.