Lincolnshire

Disabled Lincoln pupils create video games

St Francis pupil Jasmine can control the game using just the motion of her wheelchair
Image caption St Francis pupil Jasmine said: "If they can't use their arms, like a few of my friends can't, it will be more fun for them, they can do it themselves rather than asking a brother or sister."

Children with disabilities in Lincolnshire have helped develop characters for video games.

Pupils at St Francis Special School in Lincoln, with researchers from the University of Lincoln, helped develop wheelchair motion-controlled games featuring disabled characters.

The project aims to improve gaming for those with severe mobility impairments.

It could also benefit disabled gamers' physical and social interaction.

Dr Kathrin Gerling, of the University of Lincoln, said: "What we do know from a lot of research is that movement and games have a lot of benefits for players.

"But if you're using a wheelchair it's really hard to get access to these games."

The team is developing more games for disabled users.

In 2012, a detailed set of guidelines was published to help video game developers cater for users with accessibility issues.

Image caption Jack, a student at St Francis Special School, said: "Most games are very stereotypical, you play as an able-bodied person. We have the right to be involved."

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