The AbleGamers Foundation has won two award from the Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS Society) for its work on creating guidelines that aid game developers in making their games easier to use for those with various physical disabilities. The MS society has awarded the AbleGamers Foundation two awards including the da Vinci award for best product in communication/educational aids for its Includification game accessibility guidelines, and the Leo for People’s Choice.
"Today is a very special day for AbleGamers," said Mark Barlet, President and Founder of the AbleGamers Foundation. "I started the organization in 2004 after my sister from another mother, Stephanie Walker, experienced a severe MS attack. When I looked online to find ways to help her in her time of need only to find no information existed, I knew right then and there that I couldn’t let anyone else go through the same feeling of being helpless and alone that I felt that day."
"For nearly a decade, The AbleGamers staff and myself have worked tirelessly so that no one has to feel alone when life makes it difficult to continue enjoying the wonderful medium of digital entertainment," he continued. "Video games have become such a prevalent part of our society. There should be no barriers to fun. This award is so special to me, awarded on my 39th birthday, nine years after starting the foundation, because MS was the catalyst for the birth of AbleGamers and today the MS Society recognized that not only are videogames important to the overall quality-of-life for everyone able-bodied or disabled, but also that the work so many people have volunteered to pour their hearts and souls into is bringing about real change."
You can learn more about Includification at www.includification.com