When you donate to AbleGamers, you are helping get specialized controllers (often called assistive technology) into the hands of people with disabilities. Because every person with disabilities has unique needs and because there are hundreds of different controllers, adapters, switches, and other devices available we work tirelessly to figure out the best combination for each individual gamer.
Here are examples of some of the most common items we provide for people with disabilities. Our solutions most often feature several of these devices to get people back in the game.
The Adroit - $399
AbleGamers and Evil Controllers collaborated to design what would become the centerpiece of many of our solutions for gamers with disabilities. The Adroit Switchblade is an Xbox controller in a box. Each button has been replaced by a 3.5mm port that enables us to plug in an assortment of switches and devices to create a custom control set up. Through a combination of positioning, foam, and Velcro, switches can be made to fit almost any situation. This forever removes the barrier created by not being able to hold a controller.
Micro light touch switches -- $80
Micro light switches are made for people with muscular dystrophy, quadriplegia, and neuromuscular diseases. For someone who has trouble moving their finger even the tiniest bit, these can turn that tiniest movement into a game winning slam dunk or dragon slaying sword thrust.
Gumball switches -- $30
Versatile buttons akin to “The Staples Easy Button,” the Gumball switch is one of the most common. They can be placed virtually anywhere and have a big enough surface to allow someone without much dexterity, or who needs to use something other than their fingers, to push the button.
The Quadstick -- $399
For people with quadriplegia, the best way to get gaming again is to use your lips and mouth. The QuadStick has a joystick, four sip and puff sensors and a lip position sensor; and it’s directly compatible with the PS3, Android, and many PC games that use a joystick, mouse or keyboard. Through the use of a 3rd party USB adapter, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PS4 consoles can be used, as well as PC games that require an Xbox 360 controller.
SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker -- $139
It sounds like science fiction, but we can get someone gaming by merely staring at the screen. For someone who does not have any movement, the ability to play video games with only your eyes is nothing short of a miracle. We hear a lot of excited, “I blew up an asteroid with my eyes!” comments when we show this technology off at expos.
Putting it all together
There are hundreds of other types of solutions and switches including bite switches, voice-activated switches, mounted switches, twitch switches, and entire devices that hold multiple switches. Each individual switch or device can cost anywhere between $50 and $500. The cost of getting someone with muscular dystrophy gaming again can easily exceed $2000.
Ultimately, we do whatever it takes and use whatever combination of technology is required to get someone gaming again or for the first time because at the end of the day being able to interact with your friends, family, and loved ones is the most important thing.
If you want to support making these smiles happen, take a moment and donate to the AbleGamers Charity