On August 16th, in Washington, D.C., Confident Gamers attended a very special event. That event was the Video Gamers United Convention. What’s exciting about this particular event was the fact that this was D.C.’s first video game convention and just being a part of this weekend long event was an amazing experience.
While at the VGU-Con, we met many great exhibitors and some awesome people, but there was one exhibit that blew our minds. It was the first time we had heard of the organization and we will never forget them.
The name of the organization is called Ablegamers. Ablegamers helps kids with disabilities to be able to play video games they otherwise would not be able to play. Here is a short synopsis straight from their website:
The AbleGamers Foundation, also known as AbleGamers Charity, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that aims to improve the overall quality of life for those with disabilities through the power of video games.
Video games allow individuals with disabilities to experience situations that may be difficult or limited in the real world, provide social networking opportunities to maintain mental and emotional health, and participate in one of the world’s largest pastimes.
We were able to speak with Cheryl Mitchell, one of the Board Members for AbleGamers, who told us all about the organization and the drive and direction of AbleGamers.
Mark Barlet, Founder of AbleGamers said something that just touches us right to our hearts:
I believe that there is nothing more powerful for people with disabilities then the freedom that only videogames can provide. It is an art form that allows us to all run, jump, and be whatever we want to be.
This hits so close to home because at Confident Gamers, the heart of our company is the fact that “Real Gamers. Keep Gaming”. Well, AbleGamers are allowing these kids, who under normal circumstances would not be able to do that. Now thanks to AbleGamers Foundation. these kids can at least get the opportunity and freedom to run, jump, and be whatever they want to be.
Recently, Sony Online Entertainment invited AbleGamers to celebrate the charity’s 10th year anniversary. You can read all about it right here.
If you want to find out more about the AbleGamers Foundation, you can:
- Check out their website www.ablegamers.com
- Call them at 855-AbleGamers
- Find them on Facebook facebook.com/ablegamers
- Follow them on twitter @AbleGamers
- Twitch TV at twitch.tv/ablegamers
- On Flickr at flickr.com/ablegamers
Check out this video about the AbleGamers Foundation