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Can we help?

If you have a physical disability and want to play video games, we're here to do all we can to help you. 

Our support is always tailored to your abilities rather than the condition you have, so depending on what's required, a visit to our Games Room in Oxfordshire with its suite of accessible gaming consoles and computers may be a suitable way to see what works for you. We can also visit you at home if your disability limits your ability to travel.

Our assessors know their games and adapted technology inside out, and our occupational therapists make sure that your seating, positioning and mounting will be right for any tech or modifications that we recommend.

Who do we help?

We welcome contact from anyone with a physical disability, including (but not restricted to) accident victims, service personnel with combat injuries, people with congenital and progressive conditions, and stroke patients. You can see some of the inspirational people we've helped on our YouTube Channel.

Is there an age limit?

No. We've introduced children as young as three to video games that will help to develop their recognition of cause and effect, and we've worked with senior citizens too.

I'm a professional - can I contact you?

Yes. Where appropriate, we're always happy to consider individuals who are referred on to us.

What types of games do you give advice about?

We're working to introduce all forms of technology-based leisure, including popular computer games like FIFA, Football Manager, Call of Duty, MineCraft and Team Fortress. But we're also there to help with pastime games like computer chess or sudoku - and even switch-operated ball throwers for interacting with the family dog.

What are the benefits of video games?

We've seen many physical improvements that have been confirmed by occupational therapists and physiotherapists, but the greatest benefit is inclusion. Being able to join in with friends and family (and beat them!) is priceless for self-esteem and independence.

How much will it cost?

We don't charge for any help or loans that we give to individuals, and that includes support visits and loans from our equipment library. Having said that, we're heavily reliant on your donations to continue our work, so your support is always appreciated. 

I'm from outside the UK - can you visit me?

Unfortunately not. We're currently stretching ourselves to cover demand within the UK. But we can offer advice over the phone or by email.

What if you can't help me?

If we can’t help directly, then we’ll try and link you to other organisations that can.

Give us a call

If you think we might be able to help, give us a call on 01608 810055 or email us on info@specialeffect.org.uk.

What you said

"Your careful, personal approach was absolutely brilliant. I can't speak highly enough of the whole experience." - Janice, Occupation Therapist

"Okay, yes, the hardware exists to help, but without SpecialEffect's experience, knowledge, sheer determination and tenacity, these things wouldn’t work as well as they do. After all, technology is all well and good, but if it doesn’t work based on specific needs then it’s useless. SpecialEffect combines everything possible to overcome the seemingly impossible." - Neil Hickton,  thisismyjoystick

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  • Monster Race

    Monster Race

    If you don't fancy the challenge of a full-on physical body-blaster event, this is for you.

    We're the charity partner for the Spring event in the beautiful Cornbury Park Estate on the edge of the Cotswolds. We can vouch for it - it's where our office is!

    You can choose to breeze through 5k or 10k, and you'll barely notice minor obstacles like, er, high walls, mud pits, barbed wire, sandbags and tank traps. 

    Find out more at www.monsterrace.co.uk

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    British 10k 2017

    British 10k 2017

    Guaranteed great company, great exercise, a great pub event nearby afterwards AND (optional) costumes. What's not to like?

    The run takes place on 9 July 2016 and starts at 9am.

    It's a great route:

    Starting on Piccadilly outside The Guards & Calvary Club, runners will pass the new WW2 Bomber Command Memorial which was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth 11 in June 2012, two weeks prior to The British 10k London Run in Diamond Jubilee Olympic year with Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner as backdrop.Runners will pass The Ritz, St. James's Palace, Trafalgar Square, the magnificent St. Paul's Cathedral, the unique London Eye, the worlds most famous clock Big Ben, the British Houses of Parliament, the historic Westminster Abbey before finishing on Whitehall at the junction of Royal Horse Guards and Banqueting House after passing Downing Street and The Cenotaph.

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    Ultra Challenge Series 2017

    Ultra Challenge Series 2017

    Think you’re tough enough for an Ultra Challenge? Walk, jog or run between 25-100KM for SpecialEffect in these fully supported endurance challenges that test your body to the limit!

    They're hard work but achievable with some training, support and bucketloads of determination. The series kicks off with the scenic Isle of Wight Challenge (29-30 April), followed by London 2 Brighton (27-28 May), Cotswold Way: Bath to Cheltenham (1-2 July), South Coast Challenge (dates tba) and finishing with the Thames Path Challenge (dates tba).

    Some walkers in a fieldGet fit, raise money and be part of an incredible event - be sure to pack your blister plasters. 

    WALK IT - at your own pace, overnight or split over two days

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    RUN IT - fully supported 'Ultra Marathon'

    Complete the full 100km or choose from ½ or ¼ distance options

    Join as an individual or as a team

    FREE hot meals, drinks & snacks at rest stops en route

    Smaller marquee rest stops every ~12.5km

    Pace walkers, physios, massage, medics

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    Sign up today! 

    Visit the Ultra Challenge website www.ultrachallenge.com for more information or to sign up to your chosen challenge today! You pay an initial registration fee online via the Ultra Challenge site and commit to a set fundraising target – this secures your place & is non-refundable. Remember - when completing the registration process make sure you select ‘SpecialEffect’ from the ‘Chosen Charity’ dropdown menu. If you have any questions, please contact Tom in the events team.

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