Certified APX Practitioner Course

Become a Certified Accessible Player Experience Practitioner

Become a Certified APX Practitioner (CAPXP) and master player-centric accessible design.

  • Apply our data driven APX Design Patterns and promote a focus on accessibility early in the design cycle
  • Learn to identify accessibility issues during the design cycle and implement solutions to fix them
  • Equip yourself with the data you need to show accessibility is a worthwhile investment in your title
  • Understand the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) and what it requires

Developed and delivered by the AbleGamers Charity, that has worked within the industry to make games more inclusive over the past 15 years. #SoEveryoneCanGame

The Course Overview

Introduction to the Course What is The AbleGamers Charity? What will we learn together over the next two days?
10 Mins
Cases for Accessibility What is Accessibility in games? How can you become a champion for Accessibility at your studio?
50 Mins
Defining Disability When we talk about 'disability,' what do we mean?
45 Mins

Taking A Break

Exercise: Spot the Barriers Examining a game example and discussing potential barriers for people with disabilities.
~15 Mins
Introduction to Design Patterns What are design patterns? How they are applicable to Game Accessibility?
30 Mins

Lunch Time

Access Patterns: Input Options What Input Options exist in the current gaming landscape and how does this pertain to Accessibility?
30 Mins
Exercise: The Same Game Examine how Input and Controls affect the gameplay experience.
~15 Mins
Access Patterns: Control Options What Control Options exist in the current gaming landscape and how does this pertain to Accessibility?
30 Mins

Taking A Break

Exercise: Super Awesome Fighter Apply the Access design patterns you have learned to a game example.
~1 Hour
Access Patterns: Presentation Options How do Presentation channels affect the gameplay experience? What are the design patterns related to Presentation?
45 Mins
Exercise: Super Awesome Space Fighter Identify Presentation barriers and potential solutions in a game example.
~15 Mins
Access Patterns: Presentation Options (continued) Continued examination of Presentation channels and accompanying design patterns
30 Mins

Taking A Break

Challenge Patterns: Challenge in Games What role does Challenge have in gameplay? What types of Challenges do games have?
30 Mins

Lunch

Challenge Patterns: Preference What are the design patterns important to Challenge in gameplay with a focus on player Preference?
40 Mins
Exercise: Super Awesome Space Racer Identify Challenge barriers in a game example based on what you've learned.
~30 Mins
Challenge Patterns: Progress Continued examination of Challenge in gameplay and design patterns important to player progression.
30 Mins

Taking A Break

Exercise: Super Awesome Survival Game Apply the Challenge design patterns you have learned to a game example.
~1 Hour
Wrap Up You are now a Certified APX Practitioner! Let's talk about your next steps!
15 Mins

You may have questions, here are some answers.

When does the course start?

We are targeting Fall 2019 as a launch window for the course.

How much will the certification cost?

The base price of the course is $2200 per seat with 100% of the proceeds directed towards funding the AbleGamers Charity mission. AbleGamers creates opportunities that enable play in order to combat social isolation, foster inclusive communities, and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

How many people can you teach at once?

We estimate that we can effectively train about 50 people in a single 2-day course session.

Are there bulk discounts offered if we want to certify a group?

Yes! Please feel free to reach out to the AbleGamers Charity here to start a discussion.

How long is the course?

There is a lot of material to cover, so we are going to need 2 consecutive days to administer the course.

Can you come to us?

If you would like to train more than 10 people, we would be happy to come to you to administer the course, as long as you cover the travel cost for the two instructors required.