As many of you know, a few years ago I found something that aligned so perfectly with what I love and find important, even when I didn't know it myself (besides my soon-to-be loving husband of course!). I found a community where we all share a core passion: ensure videogames are accessible to all gamers.
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.
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.
There’s a reason gaming is the world’s largest pastime; it brings an amazing value in a life-changing kind of way. But it’s more than that - in fact, when I say gaming I don’t really mean gaming. “Gaming” is simply the catalyst that allows me to interact with a story and a challenge that I can work through with my friends, and opens up my world to new things. Let’s face it, in a world where we are continually more connected by technology, we are also pushed further apart. With this one area of my life, I can remain close to the people I love, all around the world, any time, day or night.
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.
By supporting AbleGamers, you're not only supporting me, you're supporting the dreams and the quality of life for thousands and thousands of people around the globe. Honestly, weddings are all about love. And I can’t think of a better way to express my love for the man I want to spend the rest of my life with then to use this opportunity to help spread the love.
Thank you for taking the time and support for this cause that is close to my heart.