Beating physical disability to enjoy video games

We 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, we're finding a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.

But we're not just doing it for fun. By levelling the playing field, we're bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.

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SpecialEffect events

Oxford Half Marathon 2015

Oxford Half Marathon 2015

The Oxford Half Marathon on 11 October - a unique opportunity to run for a great cause in the city of the dreaming spires!

Oxford Half Marathon 2015

Oxford Half Marathon 2015

The Oxford Half Marathon is a unique opportunity to run in the city of the dreaming spires and make a real..



We're challenging you to organise your own gaming marathon with friends, colleagues or just by yourself - ..

Twin Town 2016

Twin Town 2016

They say lightning never strikes twice. Well guess what? The truly brilliant car rally that careered from ..

Who we've helped



You wake up after an accident. You can’t move and you can’t speak. That’s when the loan and support of eye-controlled technology through our StarGaze project can provide help as quickly as possible.

It’s technology that can initially provide emergency communication, but can also lead to independence in education, work and leisure.


Research & development

If you have problems moving your fingers, the 25 controls on a standard video games joypad can literally be out of reach.

From controller modifications to voice controls and switch interfaces, all our customised gaming setups are designed to suit the very specific individual needs of each person we help.

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Thank yous


Massive thanks to Ali & Mike O'Brien, Dave Payne, Jonquil Richards & Kath Key - not forgetting Support Crew Clive & Mel - for their mammoth achievement, cycling from John O'Groats to Land's End, raising a huge amount of money for us!


Thanks to the team at Arden Motorsport for opening up their doors in aid of SpecialEffect


Huge thanks to Jordan Merritt, David Williams, GNUK, Gregory Fallica, ThatOneGamerGroup and Sam Colwill & Fern who between them raised over £1,000 last weekend!


Ultramarathon hero Andy Nuttall ran from Birmingham to London for us. That’s 145 miles! In one go!


Can’t thank all the Monster Run volunteers and runners enough for a fantastic (and exceptionally muddy) day!

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