Amputee Coalition Fact Sheet

Adaptive Gaming Resources

Web Management Fact Sheet

Created 10/2019

Introduction

Gaming can allow those who are disabled to learn new skills as well as provide therapeutic benefits. The gaming console controller has been the key to accessing and enjoying the gaming world. Many individuals in the limb loss/limb difference community had to adapt the controllers themselves in the past. However, more and more gaming manufacturers and organizations are tackling the need for adaptive gaming resources. While this trend is still new, this fact sheet will explore a few of these adaptive gaming options.

Nonprofit Organizations

The AbleGamers Charity
The AbleGamers Charity’s mission is to find a way for people to play video games no matter of their disability. Their accessibility experts give assessments to determine the right set of equipment for each individual. Their services are free of charge. Individuals can fill out an assessment on their assessment page. AbleGamers also has a database of mainstream video games with reviews focused on the accessibility of each game.
Phone: 703/891-9017
Email: inquiries@ablegamers.com
Web: https://ablegamers.org/

Warfighter Engaged
Warfighter Engaged is a nonprofit organization that modifies video game controllers, makes prosthetic enhancements, and recreational devices for greater independence. This service is performed for wounded and disabled veterans at Walter Reed NMMC (Ft. Sam Houston), individual’s homes, and other locations as needed. All adaptive items are provided at no cost to the veteran.
Web: https://warfighterengaged.org/

Adaptive Gaming Resources

The contents of the following Web sites are solely the responsibility of their authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Amputee Coalition. The Amputee Coalition cannot and does not make specific recommendations for products or services. No Amputee Coalition endorsement is implied.

Blue Tip Gaming
Blue Tip Gaming is active in the accessible gaming industry and works with The AbleGamers Charity. Blue Tip Gaming is ideal for gamers with extremely limited mobility.
Phone: 888/317-0867
Web: https://bluetipgaming.com/

Evil Controllers
The Evil Accessibility Division strives to achieve the goal that everyone can game. They create individually customized controllers for gamers who are disabled and have limited mobility. Evil Controllers works with The AbleGamers Charity to create controllers that meets the need of any gamer with a disability. They offer complete controller customization and begin the process by receiving a custom order inquiry over the phone or via email.
Phone: 877/880-3845
Email: custom@evilcontrollers.com
Web: https://www.evilcontrollers.com/accessible-gaming

RJ Cooper & Associates
RJ Cooper & Associates offers multiple options for custom controllers which include button location and size, larger joysticks and mounts. They also offer products that allow a physically challenged individuals to control their entertainment systems (TV, cablebox, etc).
Phone: 800/752-6673
Email: info@rjcooper.com
Web: https://store.rjcooper.com/collections/recreation-gaming

Xbox Adaptive Controller
Designed primarily to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility, the Xbox Adaptive Controller is a unified hub for devices that helps make gaming more accessible. Xbox has partnered with several organizations within the disability community to help shape the design, functionality, and packaging of the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
Web: https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/accessories/controllers/xbox-adaptive-controller

VoiceAttack
VoiceAttack offers voice-activated control for PC games. The user can create their own voice commands with this program.
Web: https://www.voiceattack.com/Default.aspx

Online Forums and Reviews for Accessible Gaming

The contents of the following Web sites are solely the responsibility of their authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Amputee Coalition. The Amputee Coalition cannot and does not make specific recommendations for products or services. No Amputee Coalition endorsement is implied.

DAGERS System
Dager System is a source for accessibility reviews for video games.
Web: https://dagersystem.com/review/

Game Accessibility
Game Accessibility aims to educate gamers with disabilities about the availability of accessible games. The site also serves as an academic resource for professionals in the gaming industry to encourage accessibility in games.
Web: https://www.game-accessibility.com/

SpecialEffect
SpecialEffect is a UK-based organization that promotes accessible gaming. They have a YouTube channel with videos and examples of adaptive controllers. They also offer a gaming accessibility Blog.
Web: https://www.specialeffect.org.uk/
Blog: https://gameaccessblog.org.uk/

Additional Resources

Craig Hospital Adaptive Gaming Resources
https://craighospital.org/services/assistive-technology/assistive-tech-gaming-resources

International Game Developers Association (IGDA)-Game Accessibility Special Interest Group
https://igda-gasig.org/


It is not the intention of the Amputee Coalition to provide specific medical or legal advice but rather to provide consumers with information to better understand their health and healthcare issues. The Amputee Coalition does not endorse any specific treatment, technology, company, service or device. Consumers are urged to consult with their healthcare providers for specific medical advice or before making any purchasing decisions involving their care.

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