Lifelites, the charity which donates and maintains assistive technology for disabled children in hospices, is campaigning to win funding from GamesAid, the charity of the UK games industry.
The charity hopes to use the funding to increase their donations of assistive gaming technology to disabled children in hospices. Anyone who works in the video games industry can vote for the charity to win a share of the money that GamesAid raises.
Simone Enefer-Doy, the chief executive of Lifelites, said: “Gaming is a vital lifeline for children and young people with disabilities. It’s a chance to play, to have fun and to be in control, regardless of the confines of their condition. It can level the playing field and give them access to a world where their disability is irrelevant. However, too often these children are unable to play the games they love because they don’t have access to the right technology.”
The charity has developed the Mobile Gaming Hub, which is a portable unit packed full of assistive gaming technology, including the new Xbox Adaptive Controller. This controller is the first mainstream controller designed specifically for people with disabilities.
Simone said: “Our Mobile Gaming Hubs can go wherever the child is, even if they can’t get out of bed. It can give them the chance to be in control.
“We’ve had incredible feedback so far, but we’ve only been able to donate a handful of these units. Funding from GamesAid could enable us to donate more, helping us reach as many children as possible.”
If you work in the video games industry, or are studying a games-related course, and would like to vote for Lifelites just go to GamesAid website and sign up to become a member for free. The voting is open until Thursday 15 August. You’ll then receive a voting card via email. Find out more here.