This made my day. Games might not sound very worthy, but fun (on a stick!) and the ability to relate to your game-playing peers sounds pretty ace to me.
AbilityNet, a UK ‘national charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology’ have put an affordable set of accessible games for kids on a USB stick:
Many disabled children are unable to take part in computer gaming, an experience that is a part of the experience of the majority of their peers. To overcome this AbilityNet has created AccessFun, a USB memory stick containing games, music, utilities and storybooks for disabled young people. The device offers over 50 applications to entertain and amuse kids of any ability.
Amongst the collection are arcade games for single switch users, games for the blind, animated stories and single switch activated songs. The collection draws upon the very best of what is available on the web and makes it easily accessible through a menu system. Whilst not all resources will work on all computers or with all switch interfaces there really is something for everyone here. AccessFun costs £16.99 inc. VAT.
Source: BCS article, Software support for disabled user.
Abilitynet released AccessAT, a ‘huge range of open source and freeware solutions to meet the needs of disabled people wanting to use a computer’ at the same time. Find out more about both products at AbilityNet release low cost collections of support for disabled people wanting to use technology.