Video: Working in games with chronic illness

According to the CDC, 6 in 10 adults in the US have chronic disease and 4 in 10 adults in the US have two or more chronic diseases. With such a large number, game developers can expect to come into contact with folks who have chronic illness on a daily basis as co-workers, friends, or employees (or you possibly have a chronic illness or disease yourself).

In this 2020 GDC Summer talk, Sony’s Victoria Dorn discusses how folks dealing with chronic illness can still lead a relatively normal work life in the games industry, and how you as a co-worker, boss, or fellow human being can help make their life a little easier.

It’s an important talk that can now be found on the GDC YouTube channel, and one that aims to help viewers be more in tune with the life of a person who has chronic illness while also arming those with chronic illness with new ways to navigate the workforce more effectively.

In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault and its accompanying YouTube channel offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers.

Those who purchased All Access passes to recent events like GDC or VRDC already have full access to GDC Vault, and interested parties can apply for the individual subscription via a GDC Vault subscription page. Group subscriptions are also available: game-related schools and development studios who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions can receive access for their entire office or company by contacting staff via the GDC Vault group subscription page. Finally, current subscribers with access issues can contact GDC Vault technical support.