Thanks to a grant from digital accessibility firm SSB BART Group via its Level Access brand, the AbleGamers Foundation has opened a new facility in Charles Town, West Virginia, that the charity says will put them in a better position to support the 33 million gamers with disabilities in the United States.
Open to the public every Thursday, the AbleGamers Center for Inclusive Play is roughly twice the size of AbleGamers’ previous facility in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Potential AbleGamers beneficiaries can schedule consultations for disability support as well as their options for securing accessibility controls and peripherals designed to mitigate the impact of their disabilities on their hobby. The facility is outfitted with a 3D printer room for in-house development and customization of gaming tech that can assist disabled gamers, as well as a studio for charitable livestream events and production of video content.
One of the gamers helped by the AbleGamers Center for Inclusive Play would be Christie Moyer, whose cerebral palsy had stopped her from enjoying her favorites games, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, DOOM and Halo. A consultation at the facility led to a solution which combined a customized touch keyboard originally designed for graphics design artists and a 3D rudder foot panel controller enabled her to resume gaming.
“Level Access is honored to support AbleGamers and their important, inspiring mission,” said Timothy Springer, co-founder and CEO of Level Access. “Video games can help transcend disabilities and serve as fantastic tools to encourage, entertain, empower and connect often socially isolated individuals. With this larger facility, AbleGamers will be able to more effectively spread awareness for and foster support of enhanced accessibility in gaming, positively touching an even greater number of lives.”
“Thanks to the gracious support of Level Access, AbleGamers is now better equipped to deliver support to our nation’s community of thirty-three million gamers with disabilities,” said Steve Spohn, COO of AbleGamers. “Whereas in the past we have been limited to holding finite consultations off-site or online, the new AbleGamers Center for Inclusive Play vastly improves our ability to host in-person appointments, develop content for gamers with disabilities and to offer an impactful resource for the local Charles Town community.”