Accessibility Arcade for Gamers at the DC Public Library

Mark and Steve from Ablegamers try out the Alienware Gaming PCA customer tries out the xbox with an adaptive controller.

What to expect at the AbleGamers Accessibility Arcade @DC Public Library

The AbleGamers Foundation Accessibility Arcade at the DC Public Library is the FIRST IN THE NATION public library permanent gaming installation for people with disabilities.  DC Public Library’s Adaptive Services Department staff is committed to promoting independent access through adaptive gaming technology for users with sensory and mobility disabilities. 

Major Equipment

High-End Gaming PC
The hub of the gaming library for people who are blind or low vision, this high-end gaming PC allows gamers with disabilities to play PC-based games and internet-based multiplayer games.

Microsoft Xbox
This console system gives gamers with mobility disabilities access to the most popular games through the state-of-the-art Adroit Switchblade controller.  This switch-enabled adapted controller can be operated by hand, with a head pointer, an arm-mounted chin switch, or programmable light-touch finger switches.

Mobile Microsoft Xbox with Kinect
This amazing Microsoft Kinect technology brings motion-controlled gaming to library patrons with mobility disabilities. Additionally, game makers are starting to imagine voice control into games, potentially adding another dimension of game control for gamers with disabilities.  

IPad Gaming
The AbleGamers Foundation and the Adaptive Services team know that some of the most innovative and educational advances in gaming are taking place on the iPad. The Accessibility Arcade has a mounted gaming iPad and a head pointer for those that may need it.

A Gaming Community
In order to support this first-in-the-nation accessibility arcade, the DC Public Library has partnered with AbleGamers to create an online community for gamers with disabilities in the Washington, DC area to meet, plan and discuss gaming with the staff of Adaptive Services, and the larger worldwide AbleGamers community. Please click on this sentence to be directed to the AbleGamers online community.

Adaptive Services Home Page