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Bernardo here, I just got an email that really hit me. Everything about this is inspiring and I think it deserves a share. It’s about AbleGamers. I never heard of this before and so after checking them out a bit I was damn impressed. Check out this blurb from their about page:
“We utilize fun to bring inclusion and improved quality of life for people with disabilities through the power of video games.
With a combination of technologies such as mouth controllers, eye gaze, and special customized controllers, we find a way for people to play video games no matter their disability. When our accessibility experts give assessments to determine the right set of equipment for each individual, we’re using the latest, bleeding edge technology to bridge the gap between ability and desire.
How We’re Making Fun
Every disability is different. If there’s 10 people in the room with the same disability, around the same age, you’ll find a slight to moderate difference in the abilities of each person. That’s why there is no cookie-cutter formula to helping people get back into the game. We take the time to talk to each individual, find out their specific needs and wants, their abilities and challenges, and projected prognosis, to determine the exact equipment needed to make gaming a possibility for everyone, no matter the obstacles in their way.
We’ve modified regular controllers, built entire gaming setups, used eye-tracking in new ways, invented new techniques, and even built entire rooms specifically for people in need. We don’t sell anything here. Everything you see on this website and the technologies we recommend are all specifically tailored to each individual. AbleGamers doesn’t get anything from insurance companies or third-party sellers, so you’re guaranteed to get the best solution we can give, every time…………………”
Amazing right? Check out the press release below:
ABLEGAMERS’ PLAYER PANELS INITIATIVE EMPOWERS GAMERS WITH DISABILITIES TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY ACCESSIBILITY
Disabled Gamers Can Join the AbleGamers Player Panels Team to Work Alongside Leading Game Companies To Ensure Everyone Can Play Video Games
Charles Town, WV (June 27, 2017) – AbleGamers Foundation — the leading charity and organization wielding the power of gaming to break down the barriers of economic and social isolation for people with disabilities — is proud to announce Player Panels, a new initiative which partners AbleGamers and its community with leading publishers, AAA to indie developers and leading researchers to ensure game accessibility is at the forefront of game development.
“I am thrilled that the game industry has reached a point where the needs of gamers with disabilities are being heard and that AbleGamers can partner with those in a position to best implement change,” said Steve Spohn, AbleGamers COO. “The AbleGamers Player Panels initiative ensures that game companies and researchers have direct access to people with disabilities, and vice versa, for an on-going dialogue on improving accessibility. It’s also very exciting that all organizations involved have agreed to compensate participating panelists for their time.”
Working with the University of York, AbleGamers’ Player Panels enlists gamers with disabilities to work with video game companies and researchers directly to help lead the charge in improved accessibility technologies and game design practices. Player Panels team members will leverage their personal challenges (due to their various disabilities) faced while playing games, helping enhance and shape and the future of game accessibility based on real-world, first-hand experiences.
“For the last 12 years, AbleGamers’ in-house accessibility experts have provided game companies with critical input through our game accessibility reviews and Includification resources,” said Christopher Power, Vice President of AbleGamers and Lecturer at the University of York. “Player Panels is the natural progression of that program. All of our testers live with disabilities, which allows them to offer the game industry in-depth insight to potential solutions that may not be apparent to people who have studied, but have not experienced disability firsthand.”
AbleGamers’ Player Panels will connect disabled gamers and top organizations that share the mutual goal of making sure as many people as possible can game regardless of their disability. Player Panels team member qualifications only require a love of video games and some form of disability. Those approved will be compensated for their time and expertise. Gamers with disabilities who are interested in joining can sign up today at www.ablegamers.org/player-pane
About The AbleGamers Foundation
The AbleGamers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity that wields the power of video games to break down the barriers of economic and social isolation for people with disabilities. Through received support and donations, AbleGamers provides disabled gamers with assistive technologies (including their Expansion Pack program) that allow those with limited real-world mobility to experience what it is like to walk, run, climb, drive and even fly – in a virtual world.
Via their Includification initiative, AbleGamers additionally advises developers and publishers on how to best incorporate accessibility options so that their video game titles may reach and appeal to the widest and most diverse audience possible. To read AbleGamers articles, or to find out how your support or donations can help them positively impact an even greater number of individuals with disabilities, please visit www.ablegamers.org.