Accessibility at the Festival: Auslan Interpreters & Wheelchair Access

 Panel Room full of attendees at last year's Games Festival  Panelists and a full room of attendees at last year's festival

The team at Let’s Make Games are committed to ensuring that the Perth Games Festival is as accessible as possible. In line with this, we are very excited to announce that Auslan Interpreters will be present in all panels during the festival! The full Panels Schedule can be found right here.

This would not have been possible without the support of our latest sponsor Murdoch University, who stepped in specifically so that we could include Interpreters at the event. So thank you very much Murdoch, for helping to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to get involved with games and game development! Students from Murdoch University will also be showcasing their games at the festival, so be sure to stop by booth #23 to check out their work. We would also like to thank the WA Deaf Society, for their work in coordinating the Interpreters.

Murdoch University - Sponsoring Auslan Interpreters at the Perth Games Festival

This is also a good opportunity for us to recap on Accessibility at the Perth Town Hall, and festival. First up…

 

Access for attendees using a wheelchair, or who have limited mobility

The Perth Town Hall is wheelchair accessible, with lift access to the 1st floor, and a unisex accessible toilet on this floor. There is direct access to the town hall from Hay Street, and all entry doors will remain open for the course of the event. The door to the panel room will be closed while talks are in session, however volunteers will be stationed by the doorway and at the nearby Information Desk if assistance is required in opening it. Space for wheelchair users will be available in all Panels at the festival.

The closest accessible parking is Council House Car Park, and Pier Street Car Park.
More information, including details on the nearby carparks, is available here.

 

Access for attendees who are deaf, or have a hearing impairment

An audio loop is provided at the Perth Town Hall. As mentioned above, all Panels will have Interpreters present; they will also be recorded, to be added to our website in the coming weeks. The majority of the games at the festival include text instructions as part of the play experience.

 

Access for attendees with vision impairment

The Town Hall does not have directional signage, however where possible the festival will feature event signage (including event maps and panel information). A Welcome Desk and Information Desk are located on both floors, and festival volunteers will also be available to assist all attendees as required.

 

Additional Support

There will be large crowds at the festival, so for individuals who are concerned by this we recommend attending in the morning. If at any point someone is feeling overwhelmed and needs support, our volunteers are available to assist, and can walk with you to the undercroft area (open entry space at the Perth Town Hall).

We will be holding a number of panels/ talks during the day, two of which will feature discussions on gaming in relation to disability. These are the ‘Kids & Gaming’ panel at 10.30am, and the “Games and Diversity” at 1:15PM. (More details available on the Panels Announcement Post).

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding accessibility at the Perth Games Festival, please do not hesitate to contact Jessica, our Festival Coordinator via jess@letsmakegames.org

 

[Shoutout to all our Sponsors, without whom we could not put on this great event. Thank you AutodeskCity of Perth, Game CityBinary Space, Hungry SkySentient Computing, the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Surprise AttackFTI, Murdoch University and Realmz Escape Game!]

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