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Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017;242:291-297.

Designing Out the Play: Accessibility and Playfulness in Inclusive Play.

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1
School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
2
School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, LS2 9JT.

Abstract

Play is an important part of child development, yet disabled children are often excluded from the opportunity to play, either due to lack of accessible toys and games, or social pressures. This paper presents a case study reflecting on the development of Button Bash: a switch accessible game intended to encourage inclusive play between disabled and non-disabled children. In particular, the paper focuses on how changes intended to make the game more accessible tended to make it less playful, and reflects on the relationship between playfulness and accessibility.

KEYWORDS:

Accessibility; Design and design research; Inclusivity; play and playfulness

PMID:
28873813
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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