Combating Social Isolation Through Play

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Creating opportunities that enable play in order to combat social isolation, foster inclusive communities, and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the globe have realized the threat of social isolation. But for people with disabilities, social isolation has been an ongoing epidemic. While things have undoubtedly gotten worse as the pandemic has progressed, 35-45% of people with disabilities were profoundly socially isolated even before COVID. 

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Our Focus

Play is a powerful weapon against the epidemic of social isolation. Play, specifically via gaming, gives people an accessible way to reach beyond the physical confines of their homes, connect with other players all over the world.

Five Pillars

The world of games and gaming provides people with disabilities an opportunity to build rich social engagements, lifelong friendships, and connect with players who share similar experiences. Simply put, AbleGamers believes in using the power of play and inclusion to connect players, build communities and combat social isolation.


Providing 1-on-1 guidance to assess player needs in order to enable play

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Creating assistive technologies that provide solutions to barriers to play

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Fostering opportunities for camaraderie to forge lifelong relationships.

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Discovering barriers and solutions to facilitate accessible player experiences

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Guiding Industry philosophies to promote an inclusive and accessible future.

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Building the capacity to do more good.

Steve Spohn wasn’t supposed to live past 2. He rang in 40 by raising $1 million for AbleGamers Charity Article by JOSHUA AXELROD Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Turning 40 means more than a midlife crisis to Steve Spohn. The Bethel Park resident…

Official Founding Meeting of AbleGamers Brazil

On July 28, 2021, the official founding meeting of AbleGamers Brazil took place. AbleGamers Brazil is the first charity in Brazil with a focus on gaming for people with disabilities and the first AbleGamers outside the USA. This is an…

We are LIVE celebrating $1MM raised for @AbleGamers during @stevenspohn's birthday AND chatting about the upcoming #Spawn2gether initiative to raise even more this fall with @lilsimsie!!
Don't miss this: https://t.co/oVFLAcISSk

We're glad to announce that our 1v1 Showdown, presented by @Progressive, is in support of @AbleGamers!

They do so much for the accessibility of the games we love -- we're proud to ...represent them in this 1v1. We'll be making a $10k donation to their cause in honor of the winner.

We’re happy to announce that The AbleGamers shop is the place to pick up the Hori Flex for Nintendo Switch in North America! We also have discounted 3.5 MM switches for your Hori Flex, Xbox ...Adaptive Controller or other assistive tech devices!