As XDS20 Adapt evolved to become a virtual event for 2020, the platform has enabled us to create an inclusive environment to further the advancement of external development for the video game industry. This year, we are grateful to donate $15,000 USD to a charity dedicated to adding fun and inclusivity into the lives of those with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games.
A UK-based charity, SpecialEffect is an organization that uses technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, levelling the playing field for gamers with physical disabilities around the world. They find ways for people to play to the very best of their abilities, while bringing families and friends together and having a positive impact on quality of life.
SpecialEffect has helped many individuals through the joy of gameplay. Their teams of therapists and games technology specialists travel around the UK to visit people who can’t make the trip to their Accessible Games Centre in Oxfordshire. For those living outside of the UK, they can offer advice over the phone or via email, as well as a growing number of assistive gaming tech guides and control walkthroughs on their YouTube channel. They have also collaborated with the likes of Xbox, Logitech and many developers including the likes of Turn 10 and Playground Games as part of their R & D mission.
XDS Advisory Committee Chair, Chris Wren, shares,
As we believe games are for everyone, we’re thrilled our contribution will help further promote fun, enjoyment and most importantly, inclusion for gamers with physical disabilities. Thank you, SpecialEffect, for making a difference in the lives of so many!
SpecialEffect Founder and CEO, Dr Mick Donegan explains,
The news that such a widely renowned international industry event as XDS has chosen SpecialEffect as a charity partner is a genuine honour and privilege. During these globally challenging times, it’s particularly important for us to continue to share our game accessibility knowledge and expertise with disabled gamers, those who support them and game developers, too, through freely available online resources, including our GameAccess.info site, for which this donation will provide an invaluable boost!
To get involved with SpecialEffect visit: https://www.specialeffect.org.uk/get-involved
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