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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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