Ryan Reynolds, star of popular movies Deadpool and Detective Pikachu, has recently shown his support for AbleGamers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities by encouraging them to play video games. In more detailed terms, AbleGamers works towards improving the quality and accessibility of disabled people who want to play games by helping to provide specialized equipment for them to do so. These kinds of setups can range from Xbox Adaptive Controllers (which COO Steven Spohn took part in designing) to mouth operated devices to help those that are limited in their mobility take part in the games they want to play as well. Since their development in 2004, AbleGamers has created thousands of custom setups for gamers and won numerous awards for their work and help in the gaming community.
In a new short video with the COO of AbleGamers (Steven Spohn) Reynolds (who also joked about waiving his expensive and exaggerated $278 million speaking fee) goes on to discuss the organization’s history and goals, saying that “AbleGamers has been helping people with disabilities in gaming for over fifteen years now. They’ve helped thousands and thousands of people all around the world as an international charity. But there are still thousands of people that are waiting to get the equipment that they desperately need.”
For 15 years, I’ve been telling people how video games improve the quality of life for people with disabilities
— Steven Spohn (@stevenspohn) August 6, 2020
To support AbleGamers, people can donate using this link. There are also many other ways outlined that can help them in their official FAQ page. Their site also included testimonials from those they have helped in the past, as well as current projects.