AbleGamers Founder Mark Barlet announced during his SXSW speech this weekend that the first Canadian Game Accessibility Lab (or AbleGamers Accessibility Arcade) will be hosted by the University of Toronto. The arcade will include the "most up-to-date technology and controllers designed to enable gamers with disabilities access to today’s most popular video games," according to AbleGamers. It will be hosted by the Semaphore Research Cluster, which is part of the iSchool (Faculty of Information), on a permanent basis.
"Our goal of bringing accessible equipment to gamers with disabilities all around the world continues," said Mark Barlet, Founder and Executive Director of the AbleGamers Charity. "There are nearly 100 million gamers with disabilities in the United States, but there are hundreds of millions worldwide. Game accessibility is a global problem that must be conquered on the global scale. We hope to continue spreading worldwide awareness that cutting-edge technological solutions exist to enable everyone to play video games no matter their disabilities. AbleGamers is thrilled to bring game accessibility to the wonderful people of Toronto."
The AbleGamers Accessibility Arcade will officially launch on Saturday, April 26, 2014 through a celebratory event that will be held at the University of Toronto’s Semaphore Research Cluster space in Robarts Library beginning at 12 PM for the public, 11 AM for members of the media. The arcade will be permanently open to the public, by appointment only, but the 100 percent hands-on demonstration will be staffed on opening day by accessibility experts, including the Founder of AbleGamers, Mark Barlet. Gamers with disabilities and/or caretakers can stop by Semaphore during normal business hours to learn more about assistive technology, video games and what options are available to everyone.