The AbleGamers Foundation will return to the Penny Arcade Expo East (PAX-E) in Boston, Massachusetts March 22-24. The organization dedicated to making gaming more accessible to those gamers with disabilities is being sponsored by Paradox Interactive and other game industry companies this year at PAX East. This year will also see the return of the AbleGamers Accessibility Arcade, which offers an exhibit dedicated to "the latest and greatest assistive technology for gamers with disabilities to play today’s hottest games with just a little help."
The AbleGamers Accessibility Arcade will be featured on the main level of PAX-E directly in front of the showroom floor. Everyone attending the event is welcome to stop by for hands-on demonstrations and AbleGamers staff will be on hand all three days to answer questions about accessibility, gamers with disabilities and assistive technology.
"Our booth at the Penny Arcade has become one of our biggest annual events," said Mark Barlet, President and Founder of the AbleGamers Foundation. "We pull out all the stops for it. We bring over a dozen team members from around the country including, experts in game accessibility, developers with disabilities themselves who understand issues gamers with disabilities face, and booth specialists trained to give the people who visit our booth the best experience we can offer."
"We don’t want to just educate,” said Steve Spohn, Community Outreach Chair of the AbleGamers Foundation. “We want to entertain and show people the joy video games can bring. Sure, there’s an educational element to it, but everyone who attends PAX-E wants to have fun and that’s exactly what we’re going to give them. And hopefully everyone who stops by will gain a greater appreciation for how people with disabilities play video games along the way.”