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U of T to host first ‘Accessibility Arcade’ video game lab for disabled players

April 24, 2014

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto will launch Canada’s first Game Accessibility Lab to research video game technologies for players with disabilities.

The lab, also known as the ‘Accessibility Arcade’, will feature the latest assistive technologies to enable disabled gamers to play today’s most popular video games. The lab will be permanently housed at the Semaphore Research Cluster, part of the U of T’s iSchool (Faculty of Information).

The arcade will be built by the U.S. non-profit AbleGamers Foundation which is devoted to making and advocating for games and technologies that are accessible to players with disabilities.

• Mark Barlet, co-founder of AbleGamers Foundation
• Sara Grimes, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
• Alison Harvey, Lecturer, University of Leicester
• Seamus Ross, Dean of the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
• Larry Alford, University of Toronto Chief Librarian, University of Toronto
• Tanya Lewis, Director of Accessibility Services, University of Toronto

WHAT: Official launch ceremony featuring video game technology designed for disabled players.

WHERE: University of Toronto, Main Floor of Robarts Library, Room 1150. (Map:

WHEN: Saturday, April 26. 11am for media and 11:30am for the public.

Please note: Space is limited. Media can register for the event by 11am on April 26 by contacting


 For more information, contact:

Amy Ratelle
Research Coordinator, University of Toronto