our volunteer Jessie playing games with a player at an event.
18 Nov
  • By Prin DeJesus
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#Unlocktober 2019

AbleGamers does yearly fundraising events that pull the gaming community together towards a common goal. This past month we launched the event Unlocktober that resulted in our best October yet! The gaming community did an amazing job fundraising with totals of over $132,000! Hats off to everyone involved in the event planning and spreading the […]

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18 Nov
  • By Catherine Brody
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Tyrande Whisperwind & Anxiety

I set out to find a World of Warcraft character that resembled my personal mental disabilities. There was one character who seemed to stand out the most, a character appearing to embody Chronic Anxiety. That character is Tyrande Whisperwind. As I discussed in a previous blog, anxiety can be very limiting and debilitating for those […]

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18 Nov
  • By Kevin Casper
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The Axiom of Accessibility

The games industry is fueled by passion. The fans are passionate, the business managers are passionate, and the developers are passionate. Thomas Happ is an indie developer who honed that passion into his hit, award-winning Metroidvania game Axiom Verge, originally released on PS4 in March 2015 and most recently on Nintendo Switch in October 2017. […]

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17 Oct
  • By Prin DeJesus
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Never Knew This Was A Feeling

One of the best feelings that you can get as an AbleGamers volunteer is seeing the excitement and surprise on people’s faces when they learn that there are devices that they can utilize and become part of the gaming community. Those moments stick with me the most. There have been countless times where I’ve had […]

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17 Oct
  • By Javy Gwaltney
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Bringing Accessible Play to Pittsburgh

As an organization, Ablegamers continues to push forward and strive to make the notion that games are for everyone a reality. We took few more steps toward that realization in September with the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) becoming our eighth Expansion Pack, building a playroom stocked with thousands of dollars’ worth of gaming […]

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20 Sep
  • By AbleGamers Charity
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Unlocktober: Unlocking Opportunities and Enabling Play for People with Disabilities

As October approaches, the gaming community is playing new releases and looking forward to games coming soon. From the AbleGamers side of things, we are already trying to accommodate the rise in Peer-Counseling Requests and Grant requests that come from new releases.  We are also focusing on how we can support even more players in […]

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19 Sep
  • By Prin DeJesus
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The Unseen Emotional & Mental Struggles

Coming home after receiving a heartbreaking diagnosis from your doctor’s visit. Waking up with no voice, unable to hear. Losing a limb from a tragic accident. These are just some moments that can change a life in an instant. Where do you go? Who do you talk to? People already have a hard time just […]

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19 Sep
  • By Aira Lee
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To The Moon: Representation Matters

To the Moon by Freebird Games is a 2011 game renowned for its story which moved players to tears. There’s a lot to analyze in this game even years later, but I want to address one specific aspect which is personally important to me: autistic representation. The game has two canonically autistic characters: River, the […]

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19 Sep
  • By Kevin Casper
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Accessible Arcade Programming

Wrestling is bigger and more diverse than ever, with Wikipedia listing 51 different active wrestling brands in the US alone. How much do you know about the wide and wonderful world of wrestling? I used to be a pretty huge wrestling nerd back in the 90s, but I fell off that train. Others sure haven’t, […]

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