What we do

We want everyone to be included. That’s why we’re transforming the lives of physically disabled people right across the world through the innovative use of technology. At the heart of our work is our mission to maximise fun and quality of life by helping people control video games to the best of their abilities, but that’s just the start.

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Video games for all

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

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BubbleBusters

Tackling long-term medical isolation through small, friendly, home-controlled desktop robots

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StarGaze

Eye-gaze support for people in hospital following a sudden illness or injury that leaves them paralysed.

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Eye Gaze Games

Play our free, eye-control optimised web games with anyone around the world.

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EyeMine

Now there’s a way to play Minecraft – simply by moving your eyes.

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gameaccess.info

Accessibility information about selected games, equipment and software

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We put fun and inclusion back into the lives of physically disabled people by helping them to play video games

By using technology ranging from modified controllers to eye-tracking sensors, 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 quality of life, confidence and rehabilitation.

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SpecialEffect combines everything possible to overcome the seemingly impossible

Neil Hickton, thisismyjoystick

I don’t know where I’d be without SpecialEffect, I’m so grateful to them

Aaron (pictured)

When everyone else said ‘That’s it now, his condition has progressed too far’… you found a way

Friends of Adam, who had muscular dystrophy

News

Motor accessibility settings in Sackboy

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

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Sign up to half price Ultra Challenge events

Monday, January 17th, 2022

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“It’s great to be able to play like everyone else!” 

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

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Take a tour through some of the motor accessibility settings in Sackboy: A Big Adventure, settings that could potentially make the game more accessible if you’re a physically disabled player http://bit.ly/3AehrDD

#GameBlast22 is just over a month away, and we want to celebrate! Join us on January 25th for a very special Witcher 3 GameBlast stream, featuring none other than Geralt of Rivia himself, @DCockle! 🐺

Learn more about GameBlast here: https://www.specialeffect.org.uk/gameblast

Not a runner or a rider? Maybe the amazing @UltraChallenges are more your thing! SpecialEffect supporters have been taking part in these brilliantly organised endurance walking events for several years now and can heartily recommend the experience! 🥾🥾🥾 https://www.specialeffect.org.uk/news/sign-up-to-half-price-ultra-challenge-events

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