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March 18, 2014

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March 18, 2014

I recently ran an booth at a local SciFi convention to bring awareness to Ablegamers. Steve was very helpful in providing materials we needed as well as answering any questions I had to make it successful.
Not only was the staff helpful, but the community was very supportive of our
efforts.
And after the event, Steve and Mark were quick to hear of our experience to learn how to make future opportunities more effective and successful.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

January 4, 2014

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January 4, 2014

As a game developer, the testing feedback offered up from my friends at Ablegamers differs greatly than what I can get anywhere else. Their knowledge of accessibility helps me gear my game designs and aesthetics to where they can be played and enjoyed by a wider audience. Ablegamers doesn't just help developers make their games more accessible to disabled gamers. Whether they intended it or not, their help makes games more accessible for everyone.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

December 27, 2010

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December 27, 2010

AbleGamers Foundation and ablegamer.com are the single most effective force in making computer games accessible to gamers with special needs. Mark's influence in the game developer community is demonstrated by the games, including ours, he has caused to be more accessible.
John
Bannick
Chief Technology Officer
7-128 Software

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Mark's made specific suggestions as to how to make our games more accessible, especially to the motion-impaired. He's put us in direct contact with users who can give us specific changes to make.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None. They're doing a great job.

December 27, 2010

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December 27, 2010

Having worked with Ablegamers since July, I have gotten a great appreciation for the dedication and passion Mark has...The cause is one of great value and deserves any and all help it can get...as a board member the organization is advocating for the future of the disabled as well as the adaptation of not only educational venues , but public venues as well...The time is now for any and all help for this valuable organization made of of strickly voluntary staff and writers as well as board members...As a Allied health profession I fell that contributing is a way of giving back to this organization...

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In a varied ways by pesenting as a panel at PAX and lewarning about more adaptations in my role as an Occupational Therapist

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like for there to be more awareness and a PR/Marketing piece to it

October 22, 2010

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October 22, 2010

I have worked with Ablegamers for over a year. They put together an amazing Accessibility Day at Games for Health in Boston last year, and also hosted a Game Arcade where people could come and play video games using adaptive switches and joysticks. Mark Barlet's passion for helping people with disabilities get more access to digital entertainment is infectious, and he was just honored by New York City's Mayor Bloomberg for his efforts. Ablegamers also works to help non-profits build computer accessibility into places like youth centers. The writers for the website, ablegamers.com, are an authentic community of disabled gamers and Mark has given them a place to talk about gaming and the devices and workarounds that will help give them a more fruitful gaming experience. I'm honored to be a member of the advisory board, and plan to continue working with Mark and his team as they advance accessibility for everyone.

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The game arcade that I've seen Mark host at several trade shows and conferences is SO well attended. People come from all over the country to play -- sometimes for the first time -- a cool new Xbox or PS3 or Wii game with an adaptive controller. Mark knows the products inside out and will help anyone with their personal accessibility issue. CNN has come to Mark to interview him and a disabled gamer for a spot on their show. The foundation is a truly inspirational one.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The nature of the gaming industry can be male-centric, and it would be great to find a way to get more young girls with disabilities more interested in gaming as a way to express themselves and have access to more digital entertainment. This is also a bar that needs to be raised among the game developers.

October 19, 2010

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October 19, 2010

Very briefly I worked as an editor/game reviewer when Ablegamers was first starting, though it has been many years since I have had an active role with Ablegamers, I frequently use and direct others to the website. It is through the game and tech reviews that I am able to better make decisions before investing in expensive games and adaptive equipment. As a disabled veteran, gaming, particularly online gaming, enables me to have interactions and a sense of accomplishment doing things, that I simply cannot do in real life. Folks sometimes find it odd that my characters in games tend to jump all over creation, climb things, and other activities, but these are things I cannot do anymore. Ablegamers provides an important resource for those of us who find a healthy outlet in gaming. Given the increase in Disabled Veterans, many avid gamers well before their disability, a source like this is so very important, information on games and tech to assist Disabled persons is shockingly hard to find at times, Ablegamers provides an invaluable resource for those transitioning from "able bodied gaming" to being disabled, and realizing that their loves and passions can find new venues, new outlets, and allow one to consider enjoying what they used too.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The reviews have helped me decided which games to purchase as well as some new assistive technology

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change a thing, I believe the very organic evolution of the site, driven by people of different backgrounds is the best policy here, my needs from the site are not the same as the needs of others.

October 19, 2010

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October 19, 2010

AbleGamers is a nonprofit that I mostly interact with through Twitter and their website. There Twitter feed highlights interesting articles about gaming on other sites as well as letting me know about updates on their site as well. Plus, when I've message them via Twitter I've gotten prompt, personal replies. I mostly use the website for the forums, groups, and game reviews. The groups and forums allow for peer support and community brainstorming. Their reviews actually give me an idea of whether or not I will find a game playable.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I didn't think I should bother investing in a gaming console because I just didn't think I'd get any fun out of it. After finding AbleGamers and reading their reviews, I decided it was worth the risk. I'm so glad I did. I've had fun, become less of a perfectionist, gotten better at asking for help, and am even getting better at using a map.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

So far, AbleGamers seems fairly Xbox 360 focused and it might be nice to include more PlayStation 3 coverage.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

A Google search

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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