AbleGamers Grant for Kids with Disabilities Who Play Video Games

AbleGamers Foundation is offering a grant for assistive gaming equipment for children; application deadline is Aug. 31, 2012

Article Highlights:
  • The AbleGamers Foundation (AGF) is offering an assistive technology grant to a child age 15 or younger who has a disability, and needs assistance to effectively play video games on systems such as XBox, PlayStation, Wii, computers or mobile devices.
  • Application deadline is Aug. 31, 2012.
  • AGF also provides accessibility reviews of games and suggestions for adaptations and “workarounds.” Volunteers are welcome.
by Christina Medvescek on August 17, 2012 - 6:00am

The AbleGamers Foundation (AFG) — a volunteer-run nonprofit organization dedicated to making video gaming more accessible for people with disabilities — has launched its 2012 Children’s Grant Program that will provide one piece of assistive technology (AT) gaming equipment to a child age 15 or younger who has a disability that makes playing digital games difficult.

The deadline for applications is Aug. 31, 2012. To enter, complete a form found on the AGF Children’s Grant page.

AT gaming equipment can include such items as adapted controllers and voice-control software that make play faster and more accurate on such systems as XBox, PlayStation, Wii, computers and mobile phones.

“I couldn't be happier that our next grant will be going to a child in need,” said Steve Spohn, editor-in-chief of the AGF’s community website. “Children are endearing to everyone, but especially to those of us who grew up disabled. We appreciate and know all too well how difficult it is growing up disabled. I hope this provides a little bit of joy for a child who really needs it.”

About AbleGamers Foundation

Launched in 2004, the foundation has several missions, including:

  • educating and supporting gamers with disabilities;
  • educating and supporting content producers on ways to make their products more accessible; and
  • educating caregivers on the benefits of gaming for their loved ones with disabilities by “removing the stigma and demonstrating just how wonderful gaming can be for those who need it.”

AbleGamers maintains a large database of games rated specifically for their accessibility, including suggested “workarounds” for people with different physical limitations. The organization also recommends setups so individuals who use assistive technology can play games more effectively.

The all-volunteer organization always is looking for more recruits. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with AGF, visit the AbleGamers Volunteers page.

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