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What to Look for

Here's what to look for when you're selecting a computer game for someone who requires Accessibility Accommodations.

We've listed just the most important features here.

Our ALERT Game Book, described at the end of this page, contains a more complete list of Accessibility features, with demonstrated examples, and is totally FREE.

Accessibility Features for Players who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Color Blind

1. Compatibility with screen readers such as JAWS, Window Eyes, HAL, or SuperNova.

2. Self-voicing, with voice speed control.

3. Accessible installation programs.

4. Content that is entertaining using sounds.

5. Compatibility with screen magnifiers such as ZoomText, Lunar, or Big Shot.

6. Font sizes and backgrounds are adjustable.

7. Background music may be turned off.

8. All game elements and controls are keyboard accessible.

9. The Tab key moves your focus as you would expect.

10. No game elements or controls are color dependent.

Accessibility Features for Players who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

1. Audio speech has subtitles.

2. Game sounds have closed captioning.

Accessibility Features for Players who are Motion Impaired

1. All game elements and controls are accessible by single keystrokes.

2. All keystrokes are customizable.

3. Controls and game elements are large and well spaced.

4. Game speed is adjustable.

5. Compatibility with voice control software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking.

6. Compatibility with alternative input devices such as sip-and-puff, head mouses, or foot pedals.

Accessibiltiy Features for Players who are Coginitively Impaired or want Brain Training

1. Game difficulty is adjustable.

2. Game speed is adjustable.

3. Text may be spoken as well as displayed.

4. Success is praised; incorrect actions are corrected.

5. Instructions and help are clear and simple.

6. Game scores are recorded.

The ALERT Game Book - Communication by Example

In order to demonstrate what to look for when you are selecting computer games, we've provided the ALERT Game Book.

Its communication by example.

Based on the 7-128 Software Accessibility Ratings that we assign to our own games, weve defined 7 groups that have Accessibility Needs:
  • Blindness
  • Visual Impairment
  • Color Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Motion Impairment
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Brain Training
The ALERT Game Book contains 8 games:
  • A story game
  • Two puzzle games
  • Three word games
  • An arcade game
Each of these games demonstrates a variety of Accessibility Accomodations that meet a variety of Accessibility Needs.

You can play the game and see for yourself how those Accessibilty Accomodations work.

Each of the 56 examples (7 Needs times 8 games) ends with Take Aways.

All of this information may be printed from the ALERT Game Book.

To download the FREE ALERT Game Book, click here.