We are honored to rejoice our exceptional incapacity group. We be a part of you as a part of this group and we’ve got devoted our careers to the pursuit of constructing gaming accessible and joyful for all. Having deeply invested our focus into making gaming throughout all platforms as inclusive as attainable, we consider all of it begins with training and connection. As members of the incapacity group, we prioritize inner training inside Xbox and Microsoft to create readability on what a dedication to the incapacity group actually means for every member of the workforce. We usher in academics and skilled audio system to assist the workforce higher perceive why this work is so essential to the group who depends on it. Examples of those training alternatives embody an introduction to deaf tradition workshop and providing programs that educate American signal language (ASL) to call a number of. We have seen the affect of any such inner training, providing sensible recommendation on tips on how to develop into even higher allies to our colleagues in the office who’ve disabilities, seen and unseen.
Education lies at the root of all understanding, and it’s tied to our ambition to make gaming at Microsoft a very welcoming and joyful place to work for individuals with disabilities. We are dedicated to attracting and hiring extra individuals from the incapacity group. They not solely deliver the proper expertise but additionally present lived experiences that assist us make the most inclusive surroundings for our gamers. Another important a part of our work is creating protected areas the place individuals can be at liberty to be their genuine selves, they’ll come as they’re and be with others who don’t simply empathize however perceive. We have organized sport nights, film nights and occasional chats to assist deliver everybody collectively for help and friendship. These connections are essential, particularly after the previous yr when so many have felt remoted.
Our concentrate on these areas of training and connection interprets into making constructive modifications in our merchandise and the way exterior audiences have interaction with Xbox. We regularly come again to our tenet: If you don’t deliberately embody, you unintentionally exclude. It is with this focus that we proceed our work to offer connection and pleasure for the incapacity group, and for all avid gamers.
Please be a part of Xbox and Microsoft Gaming as we rejoice and help the incapacity group. Here are a few of methods we will likely be celebrating and elevating consciousness throughout the month of October and past.
One Special Rematch: Rare and Playground Games Face Off on the Football Pitch to Benefit SpecialImpact’s One Special Day Event!
Teams from Xbox Game Studios, Rare, and Playground Games, are set to play One Special Rematch on October 1, battling on the pitch to be Xbox Game Studios’ most expert studio at soccer – all in the identify of charity! The occasion advantages SpecialImpact, a UK based mostly charitywhich makes use of video video games and know-how to boost the high quality of life of individuals with disabilities globally. The Xbox group can help SpecialEffect and their One Special Day marketing campaign by Microsoft Rewards on Xbox starting on October 1 (US), then out there in the UK in mid-October.
Watch the video above about SpecialImpact to be taught extra about wonderful work they do for avid gamers with disabilities. Support Rare and Playground Games with their One Special Day fundraising and donate to SpecialEffect today!
Microsoft Rewards on Xbox
Microsoft Rewards members in the United States can donate rewards factors to organizations supporting the incapacity group by Xbox.
- SpecialEffect – A UK based mostly charity which makes use of video video games and know-how to boost the high quality of life of individuals with disabilities globally. The Xbox Community can donate their rewards factors to help SpecialImpact’s One Special Day campaign!
- The AbleGamers Foundation – An group that creates alternatives that allow play to be able to fight social isolation, foster inclusive communities, and enhance the high quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
- Warfighter Engaged – An group whose mission is to enhance the lives of severely injured and disabled warfighters with customized tailored online game controllers, leisure gadgets and different options to offer higher independence.
Xbox avid gamers can earn Microsoft Rewards factors in varied methods, reminiscent of taking part in or buying video games after downloading the Microsoft Rewards app on Xbox. Earn factors and redeem them for actual rewards. Join today and donate through Xbox.
Xbox Accessibility Showcase
As a part of Xbox celebrating the Gaming & Disability Community, on October 1, Xbox will host Xbox Accessibility Showcase video. The expertise will kick off with a video highlighting the work Xbox has accomplished, in partnership with the group, to make gaming accessible and joyful for everybody. The video will spotlight a few of the most impactful accessibility work accomplished so far, wonderful group tales, announce a lineup of latest accessibility options coming to Xbox gamers and showcase future accessibility plans from the workforce. The present will display Xbox’s ongoing dedication to accessibility, constantly evolving and dealing with the Gaming & Disability Community to enhance the inclusiveness of its services to welcome all gamers. Watch the video here. Learn extra about the new accessibility features and updates announced in the Xbox Accessibility Showcase here.
Minecraft: Education Edition Showcases Microsoft’s Neurodiversity Hiring Program
The Minecraft Education workforce collaborated with the Microsoft Inclusive Hiring workforce to develop a case study video a few Neurodiversity Hiring Program at Microsoft that makes use of Minecraft: Education Edition. This video shares that story, and the way group participation in a set of personalized Minecraft challenges presents a chance for neurodivergent candidates to indicate precious expertise in competency areas like teamwork, artistic problem-solving, management, and communication. In conjunction with NDEAM 2021 (National Disability Employment Awareness Month) and to rejoice the Minecraft Disability Community, we’re sharing this video alongside with a playbook, out there to all organizations, to encourage widespread adoption of inclusive hiring processes for neurodivergent candidates. This will likely be included in a talk at the GA Conference, throughout the Xbox Accessibility second in October, and as an article on the Minecraft: Education Edition website.
Check Out Game Accessibility Conference 2021 (GaConf)
Microsoft is proud to be a Gold Sponsor for the Game Accessibility Conference (GaConf) 2021, a free, online public convention devoted to creating accessible video games and elevating the voices of gamers and builders with disabilities. The convention features a session on the Minecraft Inclusive Hiring program and accessibility in horror games.
Xbox Plays Honors World Sight Day on October 14
On Thursday, October 14 from 11am – 12:30pm PT, in recognition of World Sight Day, Xbox Plays will host a stream featuringcreator SightlessKombat, who will likely be taking part in The Vale: Shadow of the Crown, an audio-only sport that’s geared in direction of blind and low-vision avid gamers. Xbox Plays may also characteristic Streamer Takeovers for Disability Awareness the week of October 18 to 22. Join the enjoyable at https://www.twitch.tv/Xbox!
Microsoft Casual Games Celebrates Game Accessibility
By making video games extra out there and accessible, gamers round the world can get pleasure from free-to-play sport experiences. Through FAQs, social posts, and in-game messages – gamers will uncover tips on how to allow excessive distinction mode, activate audio narration, use keyboard navigation, and have interaction with imaginative and prescient help content material & options in Microsoft Casual Games. Learn extra here. Join the fun with Microsoft Casual Games!
Sea of Thieves Continues to Focus on Accessibility for Players
Since launch, over 52% of Sea of Thieves updates have included accessibility options or enhancements — most just lately, such updates have enabled options reminiscent of single-stick play and narrated emotes. Learn more about Sea of Thieves’ commitment to accessibility here.
Xbox Community Game Club Showcases Games with Accessibility Features
The Xbox Community Game Club is a weekly solution to play, share, and talk about video games collectively as a group. Though the month of October, we will likely be that includes video games which have distinct accessibility options. Join the enjoyable on the Xbox Community Game Club main page!
Play. Connect. Impact: Learn extra about Microsoft and Xbox’s ongoing dedication to accessibility in gaming here.