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.

Boy playing games

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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child holding small robot


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

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Man in hospital bed


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

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Game access

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.


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


Our One Special Day invitation to the games industry

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

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July blazes with fantastic fundraising

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

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Thank you to our 10k heroes!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

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There's only four days left to take on the world of The Walking Dead while supporting SpecialEffect with the "Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Bundle" on @humble! https://www.humblebundle.com/games/walking-dead-10th-anniversary-bundle

🎮 @PlayWarframe is a fantastic, free-to-play, action RPG from @DigitalExtremes, with plenty of accessibility options to make controlling your frame easier! Check out our latest GameAccess article here: https://gameaccess.info/warframe-motor-accessibility/

Have you been inspired by the Commonwealth Games? We have a handful of places left to take part in the Oxford Half Marathon and the Dublin Marathon so don't miss your chance to join team SpecialEffect. Find out more - https://bit.ly/3pgGZLC

#IrishLifeDublinMarathon #OxfordHalf

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