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