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.ย 

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Our Focus

Play is a powerful weapon against theย  epidemic of social isolation. Play, specifically via gaming, gives peoples 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 asses 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 & solutions to facilitate accessible player experiences

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Guiding Industry philosophies to promote an inclusive & accessible future.

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New shirts in our AbleGamers merch shop! Check them out here https://ablegamers.shop/collections/all #SoEveryoneCanGame

We have another opportunity coming up. Are you a game developer? Do you want to design more accessible games? Accessible Player Experiences (APX) is the tool that will help you create accessible ...content that supports players with disabilities.
Join AbleGamers in creating the next generation of Accessible Player Experiences (APX). Register for our online Certified Accessible Player Experience Practitioner course here https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-ablegamers-charity-27695115179 #SoEveryoneCanGame For more information about APX visit https://accessible.games/accessible-player-experiences/

My @AbleGamers pride tee is here and I adore it! Thanks so much @stevenspohn for extending your amazing charity to support even more communities. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ