Free Gaming Accessibility Fundamentals course announced by Xbox

Ben Bayliss1 minute read

Xbox and Microsoft will be launching a free Gaming Accessibility Fundamentals Course later this month.

Starting later this month, a Gaming Accessibility Fundamentals course will become available on MSLearn and will be entirely free. This was announced through the Xbox Accessibility Showcase that went live on October 1, 2021. This course looks to help people in gaming learn more about video game accessibility, be that for the first time or to further enhance their existing knowledge.

Modules within the course will include introducing people to gaming and disability core concepts, with tips on how to collaborate with the disability community. This would including learning how the community can help inform accessible design, common gaming assistive technologies, and best practices for games, platforms, and gaming hardware.

With a goal to broaden the understanding of what game accessibility is, the course also intends to “establish foundational knowledge that bridges the disability divide and increase the number of people coming into the field” by providing them with ways to “validate” their accessibility knowledge.

The Xbox Gaming Accessibility Fundamentals course will be launching in late October and will sit alongside other learning paths and modules. More information can be found on the Game Accessibility Fundamentals page.

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Ben is the one in charge of keeping the content cogs at Can I Play That? turning. Deafness means that he has a focus on discussing captions, but with experience in consultancy and advocacy, he covers what bases he can. Having written about accessibility in video games at DualShockers, GamesRadar+, GamesIndustry.biz, Wireframe, and more he continues his advocacy at CIPT. He was actually awarded a Good Games Writing award for an article he wrote here! He enjoys a range of games, but anything that’s open-world and with a photo mode will probably be his cup of tea. You can get in touch with him at: ben@caniplaythat.com

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