"It's amazing!"Driving on to successElliot's magic momentWork, play hardKicking up dirtMeet ReeceMaking Friends

"It's amazing!"

Ben thought he was just going for a drive with his parents. Look where he ended up!

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Driving on to success

Lee's beating
spinal muscular atrophy
to play GTA

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Elliot's magic moment

After years of watching other
people have all the fun, Elliot's
finally in the game

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Work, play hard

We've helped Ajay to play again
for a better work/life balance

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Kicking up dirt

We've made sure that Callum's BMX accident hasn't kept him off the road

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Meet Reece

Reece is crazy about football, but struggles to control his hands. Find out how we helped him to find his shooting boots again.

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Making Friends

When Chloe met Ella in our
games room, there was only
one winner - friendship

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Beating physical disability to enjoy video games

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About Us

About Us

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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  • Featured Case Study

    Ajay

    Being able to game again has restored Ajay's work/life balance

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    Arlo

    Arlo's overcoming his disabilities to take on his mates - and he's pretty excited about it!

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    Ben

    Ben thought he was just going for a drive with his parents. Look where he ended up!

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    Callum

    Callum had a spinal injury as a result of a BMX accident, which left him paralysed from the shoulders down

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    Charlotte

    Charlotte is a bright, lively four-year-old with an enormous appetite for life

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    Chloe & Ella

    Chloe and Ella are two friends from Oxfordshire who enjoy playing games together

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    Daryl

    Daryl's cerebral palsy doesn't stop him loving his games

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    Elliott

    After years of watching, Elliott's playing!

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    Henry

    Henry drives a train for the first time

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    Holly

    Holly's cerebral palsy doesn't stop her using her head to take on her brother - and beat him - on the PlayStation!

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    Jaime

    Jaime's unable to move her body or breath for herself, but that doesn't stop her wanting to have fun.

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    Lee

    When Lee lost the ability to play video games because of spinal muscular atrophy, he lost a major part of his life. But with the help of SpecialEffect, he’s conquered Grand Theft Auto.

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    Lloyd

    Lloyd is a young war hero who lost both legs and some of the fingers on his right hand while serving in Afghanistan

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    Reece

    Reece is nine years old and loves to play football with his Dad

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    Tiago

    Tiago, who's five, uses eyegaze technology for communication and playing games

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  • Our Supporters

    Great to have the support of We Buy Games, who help us (and you) by selling games, CDs, DVDs and books you have lying around the house.

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  • Our Supporters

    The lovely people at Focus Multimedia have always been valued friends, and they're currently helping out by donating a percentage of sales on their top-value Bundlestars games bundles!

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  • Our Supporters

    Our monitors take a real pounding out on the road, so it's great to have support from a quality manufacturer like EIZO.

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  • Our Supporters

    Multiplay are a leading service provider to the games industry, a consultant and promoter to major publishers and gaming companies.

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  • Our Supporters

    A rather splendid web design and online marketing agency based in Witney who produced the perfectly formed website that you’re looking at!

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  • Our Supporters

    Insert Coin is the leading name in high quality gaming clothing, producing tees and hoodies inspired by the world of videogames.

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  • Our Supporters

    It's great to work for a charity that's supported by a brewery!

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  • Our Supporters

    A fantastic organisation that manage golf events across Oxfordshire

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  • Our Supporters

    Hexagon Business Centres is home to over 40 growing Oxfordshire businesses and has an increasing number of virtual tenants who use their business services and meeting rooms. Their MD Brendon Cross is generous in his support of SpecialEffect from playing for us in a charity football match, to using his vast network of business connections to help our cause.

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  • Our Supporters

    Our Patron Matt Hampson has been the inspiration behind our StarGaze project, and it's thanks to his vision and the support of his foundation that the project has helped so many people so far.

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  • Our Supporters

    A big thanks to ShawCity and their Director, Neil O'Regan, for providing valuable support for our work..

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  • Our Supporters

    STL Communications is an Oxfordshire company that provides lines, calls, broadband and anything to do with communications to local businesses. Their MD Brendon Cross and the STL team are avid fans of SpecialEffect. As Brendon says, “STL loves supporting local charities, especially one as great as SpecialEffect! Why else would five of our staff have undertaken a fire and glass walk?”

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Fundraising Events

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  • Wembley Soccer Five-A-Side Tournament

    Wembley Soccer Five-A-Side Tournament »

    We're looking for 16 teams to go head-to-head on 5 September in the shadow of Wembley Stadium!

  • Oxford Half Marathon

    Oxford Half Marathon »

    The Oxford Half Marathon on 12 October - a unique opportunity to run for a great cause in the city of the dreaming spires!

  • British 10k 2015

    British 10k 2015 »

    This popular run on 12 July 2015 follows a fantastic route through London - a great experience for beginners and professional runners alike.