Whether you stream on Twitch, YouTube or Facebook, join us and turn your gaming community’s passion into fundraising for RNIB.
How great would it be if your stream could actually help create a world without barriers for people with sight loss? Well, this May, it actually can!
Gaming without barriers
Gaming relies largely on visuals, but lots of blind and partially sighted people are active gamers with the help of accessibility features.
Gaming has become more inclusive, but there’s lots more that needs to be done to improve the accessibility of games, particularly game design. The majority of games in the top 100 list are largely inaccessible for people with sight loss who of course want to play without the support of sighted peers.
Games can be made fully accessible (just think of The Last of Us Part II in 2020) with a proper understanding of user needs and a willingness to change. Help RNIB make that change happen and sign up today to begin Gaming for RNIB.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) aims to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion.
To support this, we’re asking streamers to turn their stream into a fundraiser for RNIB between Thursday 20 May and Sunday 23 May 2021. We’d love you to use your stream to get your community thinking about the 2.5 million people living with sight loss in the UK and the barriers they might face in day-to-day life.
Sign up today and start Gaming For RNIB!
We’ll provide you with inspiring ideas to help with fundraising for your stream, along with all the materials you’ll need. If you are a gamer but new to streaming, then do not panic, we have clear instructions on how to set one up.
Connor, age 10, from Bolton, raised an impressive £309 during a 24-hour gaming marathon. He is a keen online gamer and for every £5 donation made, Connor challenged himself by wearing SimSpecs – special glasses that simulate various eye conditions.
"RNIB has helped my grandmother and both my great grandparents, so I wanted to give something back to say thank you. My great granddad loves to read and the charity supports him with Talking Books. I’m looking forward to the gaming marathon and hope it raises lots of money for RNIB.”
Lynette Elliott is 44 and has been blind since she was 19 years old. In 2008, her health took a further turn for the worse and Lynette developed a brain tumour, which meant she lost hearing in her left ear, so now she only hears in mono.
Before losing her sight, Lynette loved playing computer games for hours. After losing her hearing in one ear, she found playing games even harder, but this hasn’t stopped her from looking for ones that she can play.
Lynette joined RNIB Community Connection gaming group in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It provides a much-needed social space for gamers with sight loss to share their experiences of gaming and discuss those they've found most accessible. They’re also working to challenge software developers to consider blind and partially sighted people when designing new games.
“The thing I miss most about not being able to see is playing a good computer game. I’ve tried many audio games that have been developed for the blind, but always found them somewhat lacking.
“Not only do I want to see the big game developers make games accessible for the blind, I want to see accessible games for someone like myself with dual sensory impairments. I believe this can be done. So, sit up game developers and take heed of what we’re saying: we should all have the opportunity to play.”