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What we do

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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 quality of life.

How we can help

If you have a physical disability that limits or stops you from playing video games, get in touch. We have a range of accessible gaming equipment to try out in our Games Room in Oxfordshire, and there’s also the option of a home visit if your disability limits your ability to travel. We may also be able to lend you equipment following an assessment to see if it's the best solution for you.

We’ll do our utmost to help you enjoy the games you want to play, and if your needs change, we’ll look at alternative solutions to keep you playing to the best of your abilities.

There’s no charge for any of our support, so if you think we might be able to help, get in touch.

who we've helped

How we're using technology

Everyone's abilities are different. So we visit people to find out what they want to play, and exactly what they need to play it. We'll then match, modify or create equipment to lend to them, and give support so they can get the best out of it.

From modified gaming controllers to eye-control systems, every system we recommend or loan is personalised. Sometimes that might mean using voice control, accessibility switches or a chin joystick. Or we might physically customise a controller. There are hundreds of solutions in countless combinations, and it’s our job to find the right one.

We don’t sell any equipment or software ourselves, so you can be confident that if we can find a solution, it’ll be because it’s entirely appropriate for you.

Our worldwide impact

We freely share the insight and detailed knowledge we gain from our lifelong assessment and support services. Direct collaboration with hardware and software developers, along with resources like our GameAccess website, mean that a feature that’s worked successfully for just one individual can benefit thousands of disabled people with similar access needs right across the world.

In addition, our own freely-available accessibility utilities like EyeMine are bringing the magic of gaming within reach of thousands more.

How you can help us

We don’t charge for our one-to-one support and we don’t sell anything. That’s why your donation, large or small, really does count.

Without your help we wouldn’t be able to help people with physical disabilities to enjoy a better quality of life. Whether your involvement is through a donation of time, skills, or funds, your support is always appreciated.

There are so many ways you can help. You can donate directly, or volunteer, or raise money through your company, friends and colleagues - it’s your call. Even a simple tweet about how we’re changing people’s lives could go a long way. And everything you do is hugely appreciated by the team here.

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