Zenkaikon has chosen to support The AbleGamers Foundation as our official charity for Zenkaikon 2018!
The AbleGamers Foundation, also known as AbleGamers Charity, is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit public charity that aims to improve the overall quality of life for those with disabilities through the power of video games.
Video games allow individuals with disabilities to experience situations that may be difficult or limited in the real world, provide social networking opportunities to maintain mental and emotional health, and participate in one of the world’s largest pastimes.
Some of the ways AbleGamers fulfills it mission include:
- With a combination of technologies such as mouth controllers, eye gaze, and special customized controllers, AbleGamers finds a way for people to play video games no matter their ability. When AbleGamers accessibility experts give assessments to determine the right set of equipment for each individual, they're using the latest, bleeding edge technology to bridge the gap between ability and desire.
- The AbleGamers Foundation promotes open dialog, education, research and funding grants in the area of gaming accessibility.
- In 2012, The AbleGamers Foundation opened "The AbleGamers Center on Game Accessibility and Inclusive Play" in Harpers Ferry, WV. The center offers a place for people with disabilities to come and experience cutting-edge accessible technology. It also has a makers space for custom controller design, and prototyping.
- Partnering with sponsors, AbleGamers is building accessible game rooms for activity centers that support people with disabilities, the first being at the Pediatric Specialty Care in Hopewell, PA.
On Sunday of the convention, Zenkaikon will be holding its fourth annual Charity Auction. 100% of funds raised at the auction will be donated to the AbleGamers Foundation. If you are interested in donating an item to our auction, please complete our donation form by April 26, 2018.
We will also be collecting monetary donations at our merchandise booth, with donors who contribute $3 or more receiving a "Zenkaikon 2018" button.
We hope you will join us in making a difference for gamers everywhere.