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

Dan Fischbach blindwolf8 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 21:48:35 EDT 2015


Sounds like progress to me! Glad to see some movement on this front.

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On Sep 1, 2015 10:26 AM, "Thomas Westin" <thomas at westin.nu> wrote:

> Awesome, Steve!
>
> Kind regards,
> Thomas
>
> (Sent from my mobile)
>
> On 1 sep 2015, at 03:15, Steve Spohn <steve at ablegamers.com> wrote:
>
> Hey all,
>
> 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.
>
> AbleGamers Launches Fellowship for Aspiring Developers with Disabilities
>
>
>
> 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.
>
>
>
> 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.
>
>
>
> 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.
>
>
>
> “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.”
>
>
>
> “We have a couple really big ideas in mind,” continued Barlet. “We just
> need to find the right partners.”
>
>
>
> "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."
>
>
>
> 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
> <http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=88788807&msgid=1144292&act=UADE&c=369830&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ablegamersfellowship.com>.
>  For more information on AbleGamers charity, please visit
> www.ablegamers.com
> <http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=88788807&msgid=1144292&act=UADE&c=369830&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ablegamers.com%2F>
> .
>
>
> *About AbleGamers*
>
> 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.
>
>
> ###
>
> 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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>
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>
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