#GAAD: Celebrating the impact of accessibility

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

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You simply can’t put a price on these smiles, and we extend a heartfelt #GAAD  (Global Accessibility Awareness Day) thank you for helping us to be a catalyst for such life-changing moments right across the world.

Our specialist teams face different challenges almost every day creating bespoke adapted controller setups to match the specific abilities of individual disabled gamers. As a result every assessment represents a learning process, and it’s a privilege to be able to distil this accumulated experience and knowledge for sharing globally through our free accessibility resources like EyeMinegameaccess.info and Eye Gaze Games. It’s also a privilege to be able to share our accessibility experience with developers through resources like our DevKit to help make their games more accessible worldwide, and to collaborate with manufacturers like Microsoft in the creation of internationally-available products like the XAC.

But most of all it’s just a joy to see first-hand what a stunning impact this has for disabled gamers across the world. So many more people now have the opportunity to participate as equals in astonishingly rich competitive gaming environments and social communities, resulting in greater independence, self-esteem, confidence, achievement, and an opportunity to bring out the very best in themselves.

We’ve seen Kati in Finland and Lucinda in the UK playing chess together, just using their eyes. We’ve seen Keren in the US outsmarting our own CEO, we’ve seen Dong in China racing against his friends, and we’ve seen Becky mastering Minecraft just through gaze-control alone.

But we’re just one of many individuals, developers, educators, communities and companies who are embracing accessibility and driving it forward, so on this GAAD we just want to say thank you – you’re truly making a life-changing difference.