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So who are we?

Accessibility Unlocked is a group of like minded individuals, all eager to change the shape of game development in Australia & New Zealand. Made up of disabled, neurodiverse, gender diverse, queer and allies, we believe in raising the profile, awareness, connections, and understanding of accessibility in the games industry, especially locally.

Our focus is to connect disabled developers in ANZ with resources, opportunities, conversations - and each other.

For too long, developers have been afraid to admit their accessibility needs - whether mental, emotional, physical, financial, or otherwise. The risks to employment and opportunity were deemed too high, and instead we suffer in silence, burning out and leaving the industry as our needs aren’t met. Our aim to support those developers in being part of the industry, providing them, their managers, and their team members with ways to help them succeed.  On the flip side, abled developers and managers can be afraid of engaging with accessibility needs of their audience or team, scared of the potential to offend or to make the wrong move. We want to break down the barriers between these audiences, and encourage open and positive conversation.

We have a lot of work to do and we’re eager to do it, but we want to do it right.  Please be patient with us as we work with the community to set up something that will hopefully, be really valuable. For now, you can sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date with what we’re working on, or reach out to us at hello@accessunlocked.games to find out more!

Our Goals

  • To connect disabled developers within the community to each other as a support system, network, and reminder that we’re not alone.
  • To create a landing space for resources and community, that is Australia and NZ based, focusing on some of the local challenges and opportunities.
  • To connect abled developers with disabled devs and players, to further accessibility discussions and successes in making more games playable for all.

Resources

We've compiled a list of useful online resources for devs, to help make your accessibility journey smoother.

We recognise that there is differences in community in how they prefer to be referred to - whether identity first or person first. We've used identity first here, but we recognise this is not everyone's first choice! If you can, ask someone their preference, and try and respect that. We do however, avoid language that is dehumanizing, as well as some terms such as "differently abled", "special needs", "handicapped" and so on.

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Accessibility for Websites:

Why to make Games more Accessible:

Resources for Disabled Developers:

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