Designing with disabilities in mind

by jessikawiper in Newcastle upon Tyne

Designing with disabilities in mind
We did it
On 22nd December 2014 we successfully raised £2,415 with 118 supporters in 27 days

This project aims to solve problems faced in the games community for people with severe disabilities.

by jessikawiper in Newcastle upon Tyne

My name is Jessika Wiper, I am 21 years old studying Computer Games Design and Production at Northumbria University in Newcastle Upon Tyne and this project was inspired by my sister, Joanna Doyle. Joe, who is now 30, has Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is a condition which primarily affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, tone, reflex, posture and balance. 

Growing up with somebody who has Cerebral Palsy really changes the way you look at things in life. My sister is the most inspirational person I know, her happiness is literally contagious. When I decided to go down the route of becoming a Games Designer, It struck me that my sister has never actually had the opportunity to fully immerse herself into a game due to her disabilities, some games are just too difficult for her to play. She would always want to get involved in playing first person shooters but could never grasp the complexity of the controls and quick events which seemed an impossible task for her by herself, so we always resorted to sharing a controller.This is something that a lot of people worldwide can relate to and experience daily but advances in technology have transformed the way that people with disabilities can play games. We interact with computers on a day to day basis with incredible ease, and there is a lot to offer in the games development market for equipment that will aid, assist or enhance a players experience. In January, volunteers with motor impairment disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy, have agreed to playtest a variety of games during my development so that I can achieve the best possible understanding on how to tackle the issues that they encounter. From this, I wish to build a game which is enjoyable and playable for everyone and can fit the requirements of any player regardless of physical disabilites.I am appealing to raise money so that I can purchase the equipment necessary to give those participating the best possible experiences, and ensuring that it fits the requirements of everyone involved. I also want to raise more awareness of this issue to encourage more people with disabilities to get involved with gaming and more designers to design with disabilities in mind.  All money raised will pay for the equipment needed for playtesting and development which will be donated to participants at the end of my project. 

Documentations of my progress, findings of my research and software development will be fully published at the completion of my degree. I hope to take this further in my career. If you have any personal requests or would like to tell me a bit about any difficulties you think should be addressed and implemented into my game creation, do not hesitate to email me at:

Contact me directly:Facebook: @JessikaWiper




This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

£1 Reward

Your name will be painted on a canvas along (with everybody else). This will be hung in my bedroom to remind me of all you wonderful people! I will post a photo of this when it is complete :)

£5 or more

£5 Reward

You will receive a photograph of Joe and myself with a personal thank you message in a bottle for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

You will receive a photograph, a personal thank you message in a bottle as well as a blank handmade Christmas card

£25 or more

15 of 15 claimed

£25 Reward

Thank you message and a commissioned A5 drawing of your choice

£35 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£35 Reward

A commissioned A4 drawing of your choice

£50 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£50 Reward

You will receive a personal thank you message and a commissioned A3 drawing of your choice.

£100 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£100 Reward

A special mention in the software credits as well as a character in the game named by you.

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