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Charity opens world’s first arcade for disabled gamers

Wednesday, 3rd October 2012 10:47 GMT By Dave Cook

The AbleGamers Foundation is opening the world’s first arcade for disabled gamers in Washington D.C. The format, known as “Accessibility Arcade” has been trialled in the past, but this arcade will be a permanent installation.

GI.biz reports that the arcade will open its doors on October 10th in the Washington Public Library.

Game accessibility is not an idea, it’s a movement,” said Mark Barlet, president of the AbleGamers Foundation. “Together, we can enrich the lives of those with disabilities by the joy and social fun of gaming to anyone who wants to join in.”

Venetia Demson, chief of the library’s adaptive services division said, “We’re looking forward to welcoming new and experienced gamers with disabilities of all ages to the library for a unique experience.”

“When properly used, video games can be an important learning tool for literacy, spatial reasoning and curriculum support as well as a wonderful social experience.”

What do you think? Would you like to see this idea rolled out across other territories too? Let us know below.

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