The AbleGamers Foundation’s Accessibility Arcade at the DC Public Library
The AbleGamers Foundation is sponsoring an Accessibility Arcade at the DC public library's main branch, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The opening ceremony was held on Oct. 10, 2012 at the Mayor's Annual Disability Awareness Event.
“We have been dreaming about this day ever since the first showing of the accessibility arcade at a small conference in Boston four years ago,” said Mark Barlet, President and Founder of the AbleGamers Foundation. “Today, we are taking the first step forward on a very long and rewarding road to bring accessible games to everyone across America. Game accessibility is not an idea, it’s a movement. Together, we can enrich the lives of those with disabilities by the joy and social fun of gaming to anyone who wants to join in.”
“Our partnership with the AbleGamers Foundation brings the freedom, fun, and independence of video gaming to DC residents with disabilities,” said Venetia Demson, Chief of DC Public Library’s Adaptive Services Division. “We’re looking forward to welcoming new and experienced gamers with disabilities of all ages to the library for a unique experience. When properly used, video games can be an important learning tool for literacy, spatial reasoning and curriculum support as well as a wonderful social experience.”