[games_access] [PR Repost] AbleGamers Launches Fellowship for Aspiring Developers with Disabilities

Thomas Westin thomas at westin.nu
Tue Sep 1 10:26:15 EDT 2015


Awesome, Steve!

Kind regards,
Thomas

(Sent from my mobile)

> On 1 sep 2015, at 03:15, Steve Spohn <steve at ablegamers.com> wrote:
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> Hey all,
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> Wanted to make sure that all of you saw the outstanding news of AbleGamers newest initiative. It's an honor and a privilege to partner with some of the game industry's biggest companies, and with the blessing of the IGDA, to bring this to life. We'll literally be changing the game industry from within, and within a decade all of the major game companies will have in-house game accessibility experts.
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> AbleGamers Launches Fellowship for Aspiring Developers with Disabilities
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> Harpers Ferry, WV – August 31, 2015– AbleGamers Charity is thrilled to announce the AbleGamers Fellowship, which is a brand-new program awarding a $10,000 scholarship to qualifying third and fourth year students with disabilities, majoring in a game development based degree, or computer science or education with a focus on gaming/media from an accredited college or university with a passion for game accessibility.
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> Along with scholarship money, AbleGamers Fellows will receive mentoring from the game accessibility experts at AbleGamers, and paid internships with the industry’s leading game publishers.
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> Trion Worlds, which contributed the program’s first $10,000, was delighted to partner with AbleGamers on this game changing initiative to bring more inclusivity to the industry from within. Motiga, creators of Gigantic, also jumped on board immediately, citing a love for helping bring positive change to the industry, offering paid internships to the outstanding individuals chosen for the first Fellowship.
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> “This is just the beginning,” said Mark Barlet, Founder and Executive Director of the AbleGamers Charity. “As our AbleGamers Fellowship continues to grow and new partners come on board, we’ll continue to enhance the program each and every year.”
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> “We have a couple really big ideas in mind,” continued Barlet. “We just need to find the right partners.”
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> "As the International Game Developers Association is focused on creating an inclusive and diverse game industry, one where those who create games better reflect those who play them, we wholeheartedly support the AbleGamers Fellowship," said Kate Edwards, Executive Director, IGDA. "This is a great way by which the industry can expand its talent by making game development accessible to anyone who wants to pursue the field."
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> For the first round of awards, AbleGamers and partners are looking for two outstanding individuals who are passionate about game design, game accessibility, and changing the world. For more information on the scholarship, becoming an AbleGamers Fellowship partner, or to apply, please visit www.ablegamersfellowship.com.   For more information on AbleGamers charity, please visitwww.ablegamers.com. 
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> About AbleGamers
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> The AbleGamers Charity is a 501(c)(3) public charity that runs AbleGamers.com, which provides news and reviews on the accessibility of mainstream video game titles, as well as consultation on assistive technology.  As an alternative to Serious Gaming, mainstream video games supply many disabled individuals and veterans with rehabilitation as well as social stimulation in situations where they may be otherwise shut out of society's idea of normal everyday life.
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> For more information about this topic, the AbleGamers Charity, AbleGamers.com, donating, or to schedule an interview with Mark Barlet, President of The AbleGamers Charity, call (703) 891-9017 ext:101 or email Steve Spohn at press at AbleGamers.com
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