Building a 508-Compliant Game—Is It Possible?

 

Gamification is great, but is it accessible?

That’s a question we often receive from webinar attendees. So, our instructional designer, Misty Harding, answered a few questions for us on this very topic that came up during her Game-Based Design webinar yesterday. Read on for her thoughts!

Are the game examples you showed accessible?

Many game components rely on the demonstration of skills that are not compliant with 508/WCAG requirements. For example, asking someone using a JAWs reader to identify statements and sort them within a certain amount of time would violate 508/WCAG principles on several levels: first, the statements would have to be read to them by their JAWS reader which requires more time; second, they can’t sort/drag/drop because that would require them to use a mouse. Most of the traditional components you might think about in designing a game will not work for 508/WCAG compliance.

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