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AbleGamers Center for Inclusive Play facility Opens in Charles Town, West Virginia

Author: The AbleGamers Foundation : Contact: ablegamers.org

Published: 2017-05-01

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Digital accessibility firm SSB BART Group provides generous grant, enabling AbleGamers Foundation to offer enhanced disability educational resources and direct support.

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AbleGamers Foundation - the leading charity and organization wielding the power of gaming to break down the barriers of economic and social isolation for people with disabilities - is thrilled to announce the opening of the AbleGamers Center for Inclusive Play facility in Charles Town, West Virginia.

Made possible by a generous grant from digital accessibility firm SSB BART Group - which will launch its new corporate brand Level Access in the coming months, the new location allows AbleGamers to dramatically expand the number of individuals with disabilities that the charity can serve, beginning with free one-on-one consultations with leading accessibility experts and in-person custom gaming demonstrations.

"Level Access is honored to support AbleGamers and their important, inspiring mission," said Level Access co-founder and CEO, Timothy Springer. "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, AbleGamers COO. "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."

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 may schedule a disability support consultation and explore grant options for securing free-of-charge accessibility controls and peripherals, which are custom-designed to help mitigate the impact of individual physical and mental impairments.

The AbleGamers Center for Inclusive Play is also outfitted with a dedicated 3D printer room for in-house development and customization of assistive gaming technologies, as well as a studio for charitable livestream events and production of video content.

The AbleGamers Center for Inclusive Play was recently featured on a CBS News special about disabled gamer Christie Moyer, whose cerebral palsy had stopped her from enjoying her favorites games: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, DOOM and Halo. An AbleGamers consultation helped restore her ability to game, using a combination of a customized touch keyboard originally designed for graphics design artists and a 3D rudder foot panel controller.

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