Gamers — apply now for free assistive technology to help you play

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I can tell you firsthand: it can be very difficult to play video games when you can’t see! I know it can’t always be easy for gamers with other disabilities to play either. That’s why I was so happy to hear the AbleGamers Foundation announce Summer of Fun grants for people with disabilities who need assistive technology to aid their gaming. This summer they’re giving one-time grants for free gaming equipment — very cool!

AbleGamers is a non-profit organization, and a press release explains that most of their fundraising goes toward these Summer of Fun grants they’re offering:

“I’m absolutely ecstatic over our Summer of Fun initiative,” said Mark Barlet, President and Founder of the AbleGamers Charity. “These grants are the main reason we do our Pachinko for Charity and other fundraising events. We expect to receive thousands of requests and we will fill as many of them as funding allows.”

To be considered for a Summer of Fun grant program, you need to submit a request for equipment before August 1, 2013. Grant applications will then be reviewed by the AbleGamers board and given out to those who need the equipment the most.

After reading that Summer of Fun grants are available for all ages of gamers with Disabilities, I decided to go ahead an apply for a grant myself. I’m happy to report that the application form was very accessible: it asks you to let them know what sort of equipment might help you with your particular gaming needs, and it only took a few minutes for me to complete the form with my talking computer. So c’mon, gamers, give the grant a try: what have you got to lose?


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