Safe Online: Videogame for People with Learning Disabilities

Although not technically web design, this recent news of development of a videogame for people with learning disabilities bears mention as part of our continuing exploration of inclusive design.

Working in conjunction with people who have learning disabilities in Edinburgh and Midlothian, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and the UWS’ Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies (SCET) have produced a prototype of #keepmesafe, a videogame which aims to live up to its title.

Videogame for People with Learning Disabilities - #keepmesafe

A group of participants ages 16-40 aided the design phase of #keepmesafe, giving the developers insights into their online fears and ways of overcoming them. The current game simulates everyday scenarios and worries faced by the focus group. It covers social media safety, online relationships and online purchasing of goods.

New Media Education Project Officer in Health and Social Care with Midlothian Council, Stuart Caulfield said: “We don’t want young people with additional support needs to avoid social media – quite the opposite. It’s important they know how to use sites like Facebook, Amazon and Twitter safely so they can be confident and in control of their social lives.”

With a release date of later in 2016, hopefully this videogame for people with learning disabilities will open up the online experience to more people.

University of the West of Scotland Press Release

More on inclusive web design from this blog:

Blind Online: Considering Visually Impaired Internet Users

Deaf Online: Considering Hearing Impaired Internet Users

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