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AbleGamers Lab opens its doors to players with disabilities
AbleGamers Lab opens its doors to players with disabilities
September 11, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

September 11, 2013 | By Kris Ligman
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The AbleGamers Foundation, a premiere organization dedicated to improving the accessibility of games for players with special needs, has announced the opening of its first AbleGamers lab.

Located within the AbleGamers Charity HQ outside Washington, D.C., the new space is designed with a wide range of accessible play devices and assistive technology designed to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of players.

"We have had a tremendous outpouring of generosity from the videogame industry and community over the last year," says AbleGamers COO and outreach chair Steve Spohn. "These amazing donors have enabled us to begin consulting with gamers one-on-one to figure out the exact equipment each individual needs."

The lab is free, but appointments must be made by email. AbleGamers founder Mark Barlet says that the first appointment has already been scheduled and consultations will soon be underway.


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Kyle McBain
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I feel like their is a lack of focus on the individual with a disability. At first I thought when it said consultation they were talking about the diabled and I thought this is great! That is really cool that they want to have a focus on people individually because although some diabilities are the same eveyone is different. Then I realized they were talking about the game dev. What is the actual relationship to the gamer? And yeah they are 501(c) but that doesn't mean that they aren't making some form of profit. There is no such thing as a free lunch. I guess that goes without saying and maybe we don't need to know about the financial end so much as we need to know how they are going about harnesing relationships with the disabled.

Ian Hamilton
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Kyle - you were right the first time, they are talking about advising gamers with disabilities:

"consulting with gamers one-on-one to figure out the exact equipment each individual needs."

They already do other work with game developers. They are a charity, the work done with both disabled gamers and game developers is paid for by fundraising activities and donations. None of the staff receive any money for the time they put in.

Kyle McBain
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Thanks for the reply. I will have to do more research on this. Am still curious about specifics but I appreciate the clarifiation.


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