July 3, 2022

Special Effect: Game On For Everyone

Special Effect is a small British charity that strive to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games.

By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, they’re finding a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.

By levelling the playing field, they’re bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.

With an amazing team headed up by DR Mick Donegan, Special Effect have managed to improve so many gamers lives and help numerous families.

“Everyone’s abilities are different. So we visit people to find out what they want to play, and exactly what they need to play it. We’ll then match, modify or create equipment to lend to them, and give support so they can get the best out of it”

Here’s Ajay, an IT support analyst with spinal muscular atrophy, explaining what it means to regain the ability to enjoy video games. He hadn’t been able to play since he lost his hand dexterity when he was 17 years old, but we introduced him to a chin-controlled joystick and voice control setup that’s got him back in the game.

“Initially I wanted to play every game because I was so excited,” he said. “SpecialEffect have given me back something I lost many years ago.”

In this video Ajay, who uses a head-controlled mouse to control his PC at work, talks about how essential games are for him to maintain a good work/life balance

Using a number of fun ways of fundraising they make helping people a very rewarding and humbling experience. With such events as Twin Town, One Special Day and the upcoming GameBlast weekend gamers all over the country band together to support this wonderful cause.

Special Effect are supported by some huge names and boast ambassadors such as IGN Uk’s Gav Murphy and Dan Krupa

You can find out more about Special Effect and the work they do at: https://www.specialeffect.org.uk

Source: www.specialeffect.org.uk

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