Enabling Play is an accessible game design studio run by brother and sister team Will and Cara Jessop. Our motivation for making games for players with learning difficulties comes from many years of mischievous and hugely enjoyable play with our brother Tommy, who has Down's Syndrome. We believe the best games are not only fun but good for us too, so are building key developmental skills into the heart of our designs.
Our first project 'Millie Moreorless' is an award winning iOS game designed with children with Down's Syndrome to help players get better at maths. As part of our design process we held workshops with young volunteers to make sure the game is right for them.
The gameplay in Millie Moreorless is based on pioneering research indicating the importance of magnitude awareness as a foundation for later maths skills. To find out more about how we developed the game please see our page About Millie.
Millie Moreorless was featured by Apple on the homepage of the iTunes store on release, given the Editor’s Choice Award by the Children’s Technology Review, awarded Gold in the International Serious Play Awards 2016, selected as one of Geeks with Juniors’ Top Apps of 2016, and listed in the 2016 Nominet Trust Social Tech Guide having been shortlisted for the NT100.
Millie Moreorless was originally developed in partnership with the BAFTA-nominated creative studio Made in Me and Dr. Jill Porter from the University of Bath, with R&D funding from the REACT Play Sandbox.
Enabling Play were supported in the following round of development by Nominet Trust, the UK's only dedicated Tech for Good funder. A UK registered charity, Nominet Trust brings together, invests in and supports people committed to using digital technology to create social and economic value.