Hello! My name is Morgan Baker, and I’m currently the Accessibility Lead and Game Designer for The Odd Gentlemen. My career in accessibility began in education, where I served as an Accessibility Specialist in postsecondary contexts. On the side, I picked up contracts to assist game studios as they designed and researched how to make games more accessible to a wider range of players, primarily those with disabilities. For example, I’ve assisted Naughty Dog, Square Enix, Xbox Games Studios, Netflix Gaming, and more.
I grew up in New Jersey, and went Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. There, I studied Mathematics, Music, and Education – becoming the first deaf student to graduate from my university. I moved on to graduate school, where I got my Masters in Education from USC, focusing on administration, affairs, and accessibility.
Though I work in the broader realm of games accessibility, I am best known for my Deaf and Hard of Hearing expertise, for which I am is professionally and personally informed. You can find my publications and presentations on Game Accessibility Nexus, Game Developer, GDC, IGDA GASIG, a11yTO, GRUX, and more.
In 2020, I was selected as a member of TGA’s Future Class.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, organizing esports tournaments, and playing my two corgis – Midna and Zelda. I also dedicate my time to support my own community by volunteering. For example, I am a Google Play mentor, as well as mentor young deaf animators, writers, and creators through organizations like Signing Animation.