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Disability, Neurodiversity, Mental Health and Chronic Illness Roundtable Day 1: Safety, Support, Acceptance

Cherry Thompson  (Accessibility Specialist, Independent)

Raffael Boccamazzo  (Clinical Director, Take This)

Date: Wednesday, July 21

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass, Career Development Pass

Topic: Advocacy

Format: Roundtable

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

This session is a much needed space for games workers with disabilities, inclusive of physical disability, neurodiversity, mental health, chronic illness, pain, and injury to come together and discuss the unique challenges we’re facing. In sharing our experiences we’ll address the safety of being ‘out’ or visible to colleagues, leadership, and the public. Join Dr. B and Cherry Thompson in laying the groundwork to hear where we’re at. This will be a welcoming space for attendees to share stories, and the roadblocks we all face. No one is in this alone.

The safety and confidentiality of participants is prioritized with no obligation to speak. No-one will be asked to disclose medical information. Anyone can be disabled, regardless of background, so all are welcome and our discussions are mindful of intersectionality.

Diversity advocates, accomplices, allies, care-givers and HR professionals are welcome to join us, learn from our perspectives and work with us. Through this roundtable we’ll build an international support network to bring change to the industry.


Attendees will leave with a sense of community and make connections in order to destroy barriers such as isolation and stigma. Disabled and non-disabled participants alike will gain strategies, tools and resources for positive change in the workplace; globally and beyond the ADA. They'll build goals to be inclusive of disability in wider diversity work.

Intended Audience

This roundtable is primarily for games professionals who have experienced long-term illness, injury or disability, inclusive of language preference and those who identify as disabled or otherwise. All disciplines and experience levels are welcome. Advocates for diversity and inclusion, whether at studios, publishers, online, in media, human resources or recruitment are also invited.