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ADHD in the Game Industry Roundtable


Joel Gonzales (User Interface Lead, Firaxis)

Location: Room 216, South Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 21

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

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Topic: Advocacy

Format: Roundtable

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

Audience Level: All

Developers with ADHD are prevalent in the game industry and it's not always easy to find others to talk about it. This roundtable will start a discussion about topics for those with ADHD. In this roundtable will discuss how to deal and cope with it, and how the industry can use your strengths and avoid your weaknesses. You'll find constructive ways for you to counter the idea that video games cause ADHD. You'll also discuss how video games are being used with neurotherapy as a treatment for ADHD, and how you can let others know that such games are available.


Attendees will come away from a roundtable discussion about ADHD, how it affects people in the game industry, how those that have it cope, how the industry can change its perception, and discuss advancements where games are used as therapy to treat ADHD.

Intended Audience

The intended audience are game developers who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, (ADHD) or medical professionals who are looking to use games as therapy for ADHD.