I'll be participating in Ability 2016 on Saturday October 13! During the Ability event, Gamers and others from all over the world will join together to play games and raise money to help people with disabilities get back in the game. All funds raised will support The AbleGamers Charity in their mission to make gaming accessible to everyone.
A disability can cause isolation, even in a room of people. Nothing tears down that wall faster than a shared experience, be it a love of cars, or a love of Forza. Unfortunately, for many people with disabilities, the pure joy and social experiences that videogames offer is financially out of reach. AbleGamers provides hardware, often extensively customized to the individual, at absolutely no cost to the recipient.
During this event we will be using Tabletop Simulator, to highlight the benefits of virtual boardgaming for those with mobility problems as well as the social problems and isolation often associated with various disabilities. Everyone should be able to experience the unique social aspect of boardgames and virtual tabletop software allows them to do so. This will only get better in the future with the addition of VR support and other control methods.
Did you know
One in five Americans has a disability.
More than 10 Million US Veterans under the age of 60 are disabled.
Students with disabilities have lower rates of participation in after school activities, leading to decreased socialization and leadership development.
Depression, often brought on by the social isolation many people with disabilities face, is one of the most common “secondary conditions” associated with disability
The cost of custom accessibility controllers is often more than $400. This is in addition to the normal costs of gaming hardware.
By donating today, you and I can help AbleGamers fund the cost of technology and outreach programs that empower people with disabilities to define who they are and re-enter the social space gaming provides. It’s about more than just the entertainment value of gaming, it’s about making lifelong connections and joining the social fabric provided by virtual worlds. Worlds where everyone is equal.
I hope you’ll join me in supporting this incredible cause.