It’s hard to find people more awesome in this world than those at The AbleGamers Foundation. The charity organization has been tackling an issue that may not seem like a big deal to the masses, but is something that can greatly uplift the physical and mental well being of others. Their goal: improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through video games.
“I believe that there is nothing more powerful for people with disabilities than the freedom that only video games can provide. It is an art form that allows us to all run, jump, and be whatever we want to be.” — Mark Barlet, Founder
AbleGamers has created the world’s largest community for gamers with disabilities. They also provide free consultation to both AAA and indie game developers as well as grants to acquire assistive technology. Over the years, they have provided thousands of specialized controllers to children, adults, and veterans.
Previously, the organization delivered assistive tech to individuals, but now they’re looking to expand their outreach to group homes, special needs daycare facilities, and long-term living centers. To do this, AbleGamers is teaming up with Humble Bundle, SteelSeries, Electronic Arts, Jinx, and Corsair Components to tackle a new project titled “Expansion Packs.” Each of these packs, intended for facilities with multiple special needs patients, will include assistive technology, special controllers, and of course, great video games.
The charity will provide custom setups to each location, as well as troubleshooting support and staff training. The first Expansion Pack was installed in the Pediatric Specialty Care in Hopewell, PA with great success. The second is scheduled for a facility in Boston, MA.
If you would like to learn more or make a contribution to help The AbleGamers Foundation improve the lives of others, you can donate directly through their website here.
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