The Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, just outside Columbus, Ohio, reached out to AbleGamers to help assist Chris, a resident of a local special needs facility called ARC Industries. Chris’ favorite way to destress was playing Mario on the NES, and time was taking its toll and making the system and software unusable. AbleGamers accessibility experts figured out a way to help rekindle Chris’ gaming alongside helping to break down the barriers of social isolation for those in the facility by setting up specialized controllers on a WiiU mobile station including aTV, all the original Mario titles, Mario Kart 8 and Mario Maker. Once set up, staff and residents of ARC Industries gathered around the system, taking turns playing Mario Kart 8 as well as all the classic Mario games. When Chris saw a way for him to play his classic games again, the smile that followed could not be contained. AbleGamers continues to work with individuals like Chris, empowering them through gaming, as well as facilities like ARC Industries with our Expansion Packs to work alongside AbleGamers to bring together entire communities.
For all of Chris’ story, read on.