Designing with disabilities in mind

Designing with disabilities in mind

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

We did it!

On 22nd Dec 2014 we successfully raised £2,405 of £2,000 target with 118 supporters in 27 days

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



Read full story

Got an idea like this?

Start your Crowdfunder