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  • Writer's pictureMichael Astor

Teaching the Disabled to Design Video Games

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

Brad Cohen of Game-U talks with Michael Astor about teaching disabled people to design video games

I know for my son with cerebral palsy video games were a great way to explore virtual worlds in way he couldn't in the real world. They were also something he could play with his friends, because his physical limitations kept him out of a lot of the games kids his age like to play. So I didn't really mind him spending lots of time playing video games. I even thought it might impart him with some real world skills, since everything seems to be moving in that direction -- gamification, virtual reality etc. Who knows, he could grow up to be a drone operator or something? But Game-U takes it a step further teaching kids to design their own games. And there's more to this than meets the eye. You see designing video games gives kids a practical application for all the STEM curriculum that's being forced down their throats in schools these days. I see my kids coming home and puzzling over why they have to learn things like trigonometry which they doubt they'll ever use. To be honest, I'm not really sure what trigonometry even is, but I sincerely hope that I never contract it. Video game design gives kids a practical reason to be learning a lot of this abstract science, technology, engineering and math (that's what STEM stands for right?). And it doesn't have to be video games they're designing, it could be apps, it could be other stuff o the computer that can help them overcome their disabilities. It's all very exciting, so tune in to Ability Fierce on Sunday night Nov. 10 at 8:00 p.m. on Brooklyn Free Speech Channel 3

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