Team Xbox celebrates Disability Pride month for the first time by inviting our amazing community of gamers and creators with disabilities.
As a member of the disability community and director of the Xbox Accessibility Program, I’d like to highlight the importance of celebrating people with disabilities. Disability Pride recognizes our own unique experiences with disability as a natural and beautiful aspect of human diversity. This includes all disabilities, both visible and invisible.
This is our chance to highlight the broad spectrum of people represented right now, including those who have worked tirelessly to create more inclusive and accessible experiences in all facets of life. This is an opportunity for Xbox to celebrate the more than 400 million gamers with disabilities around the world (source), as we aim to create a space where people with disabilities don’t feel the need to mask or cover their disabilities, but to find a connection with an inclusive gaming community that recognizes us as we are.
As someone with multiple invisible disabilities, the tendency to mask and cover resonates with me. We must work to remove this barrier for so many people who feel they must hide their disabilities in order to fit in or to make others feel more comfortable. It took me many years, but with the support of friends and family, I learned to accept the importance of my mental health, as well as chronic pain and disabilities related to attention deficit disorder, as key aspects of my identity. Like others in the community, this helps me focus on what I find most meaningful and has given me incredible opportunities to participate in projects that I put my whole heart into. This includes our new Mental Health Guidelines section of our Xbox Accessibility Guidelines that launched in May.
My connection to this community began with my father’s nonprofit work with wounded veterans through Warfighter Engaged. This interest grew as I pursued a career in occupational therapy before joining Team Xbox. I have seen many people go through their own journeys with temporary or permanent disabilities. For me and many other people, video games have often played an important role in connecting us socially with others and building a supportive community through fun and engaging media. Video games are a staple of today’s modern culture and should include everyone who wants to play. This is a source of inspiration for my work and team as we remain vigilant in our dedication to helping the disability community feel heard, included and supported to access video games in a way that brings them joy and community. .
As we honor Disability Pride month, here’s a few ways Xbox is celebrating and uplifting our gaming community and people with disabilities in July and beyond:
Connect and join our community!
The Xbox team is excited to offer features and resources that support and enable the gaming community and people with disabilities to come together, play and be who they really are. We remain committed to providing gaming experiences that invite all people to share joy and connection through gaming. Learn more.
Xbox Twitch channel in American Sign Language (ASL): Two months ago, Xbox launched an American Sign Language (ASL) Xbox channel on Twitch at /XboxASL in partnership with Sorenson, a communications company with the world’s largest interpreter base. Every day, the Xbox Plays team streams live on the Xbox Twitch channel, where the latest and greatest titles from the Xbox world are played. The channel features approximately 25 hours of live performance each week. Visit the new channel and learn more about Xbox’s partnership with Sorenson.
Filters on tags to make it easy for you to find your next favorite title: Last fall, Xbox announced the addition of Accessibility Feature Tags for Games to the Xbox Store, making it easier for you to find games that have one or more of the 20 accessibility tags that were defined in collaboration with the disabled and disabled community. user research. Now with over 400 tagged titles and over 100 with 5 or more tags, we’re excited to share that you’ll be able to search and filter by one or more tags to find your next favorite game. This feature is based on feedback from the community and we hope to continue to incorporate suggestions in the future.
Adding Entries Required for Games in the Family Gaming Database: Xbox is proud to support the Family Gaming Database, making it easier for gamers with disabilities to find games with control schemes that are right for them. Its accessibility pages now list the default required inputs for popular games to allow caregivers, occupational therapists, and physical therapists to more easily create adaptive game setups for those in the gaming and disability community they support. Learn more on the accessibility pages of the Family Gaming Database Accessibility.
Play and make a positive impact with Microsoft Rewards
Microsoft Rewards members in the US and UK can earn and donate points to organizations that support the Xbox gaming and disability communities. The following organizations will appear in the console throughout July:
SpecialEffect: We bring fun and inclusion into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them play video games. We are transforming the lives of people with physical disabilities around the world through innovative uses of technology. At the heart of our work is our mission to maximize fun and quality of life by helping people control video games to the best of their ability. (United States and United Kingdom)
The AbleGamers Foundation: Create playable opportunities to combat social isolation, foster inclusive communities, and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. (USA)
Warfighter Engaged: Warfighter Engaged is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to improve the lives of seriously injured and disabled combatants with custom-fit video game controls, recreational items and other solutions to provide them with greater independence. (USA)
DAY SYSTEM: DAGERSystem is a non-profit organization focused on video game journalism through the lens of accessibility. Our goal is to provide educational tools for people with disabilities and their support networks, while providing meaningful employment for disabled professionals. (United States, mid-July)
Earn Microsoft Rewards points in a variety of ways on Xbox: by playing games or purchasing titles after downloading the Microsoft Rewards app on Xbox. Earn points and exchange them for real prizes. Join and donate through Xbox.
Xbox Ambassadors tell stories about gaming and disability
Throughout Disability Pride Month, we’ll be highlighting gaming accessibility stories from Xbox Ambassadors within the disability community. These are their stories.
Discover video games curated by Microsoft’s disability and neurodiversity communities
People with disabilities or neurodiverse are talented people who work and play since video games have existed. Throughout July and beyond, visitors to the Microsoft Store on Xbox or Windows and Xbox Game Pass members will have easy access to games that reflect the experiences of neurodiversity and people with disabilities related to chronic or complex conditions that affect mobility, hearing, vision, speech, learning or mental health.
Check out some of the highlights from the Xbox and Windows game collection including creators, protagonists, experiences, and character creation options with features like prosthetics.
Citizen Sleeper (disponible con Xbox Game Pass) – This is an RPG set in the ruins of interplanetary capitalism that explores the complexity of a body that works differently from the mind. To keep his artificial body alive, you will need to acquire technology that is in high demand and hard to come by, creating a gameplay experience that parallels the obstacles of having a disability in the modern world.
Forza Horizon 5 (disponible con Xbox Game Pass) – Forza Horizon 5 improved character creation options to include prosthetics and pronoun options. Accessibility features also include American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) support for in-game cut-scenes, a game speed override setting, customizable subtitle options, stop mode contrast, colorblind mode and more.
The Vale: Shadow of the Crown – Play as Alex, a princess who was born blind in this audio-based adventure that was created in collaboration with blind people. This action-adventure game also won Best Accessibility for People Who Are Blind or Low Vision and was shortlisted for the Indie Excellence Awards for Can I Play That? in 2021.
Fractured Minds – Created by Emily Mitchell in hopes of helping understanding and awareness of mental illness, this game explores anxiety and mental health through a journey into the human psyche.
Psychonauts 2 (disponible con Xbox Game Pass) – This fun action platformer explores the psyche of its characters and has been praised for its approach to mental health. Dr. Raffael Boccamazzo is an autism self-advocate and was consulted as an expert in mental health.
Find the collections available in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam. On the Xbox Store and the Microsoft Store on Windows, find selections from the disability and neurodiversity community by searching with words like: “Disability,” “Neurodiversity,” and related terms. Content is subject to availability by country.
Celebrate with the new Disability Pride Month gamerpic, profile themes, and avatar items!
In partnership with the Xbox gaming and disability communities, we’re introducing a new gamer picture, profile themes, and avatar items! The gamerpic and profile theme will be available on console and in the Xbox app for PC. Get your avatar items here. Content is subject to availability by country.
To learn more about what Xbox is doing to make gaming more accessible and inclusive for everyone, check out the Xbox Game Accessibility page for the latest resources. Learn about GAAD updates or find help for accessibility features on our support page.
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