When Brandon’s friend He entered the life of his new stepson Thad, and they established an enduring connection from playing video games together, such as Hello or Smash Brothers. Thad loves toys but has always struggled because he was born without a right hand.
“I’ll be a lot slower to adapt and get something that’s good, or just not so good overall,” Thad says.
In 2017, I read Amico about work that AbleGamers, a charity that works on behalf of disabled players, and was helping people like him, so he reached out to them.
Thad, who is now 14, got a free reward Xbox Elite controllerIt’s typically $150, and has programmable paddles on the back that allow him to use his left hand to control some of the precise right-handed aiming and shooting motions. Now he excels in games like rainbow six sig, where he regularly shines in ranked play.
Thad is one of many disabled gamers who have benefited over the past 17 years from the organizational work of AbleGamers, the most well-known nonprofit for the disabled gaming community. Now, the organization’s profile is a bit bigger.
After struggling like many nonprofits during the Covid-19 pandemic, Stephen Spoon, chief operating officer of AbleGamers, decided to celebrate a birthday Publish Together Challenge. On September 15, 2020, his 40th birthday, he announced that he would raise $1 million. Spohn says keeping AbleGamers fully running for a year requires roughly $2.2 million, so he wanted to make the challenge an annual event.
In November 2020, Twitch helped out by donating $1 million, money that Spohn says will go towards hiring and distributing new consoles for disabled players like Thad.
“I think it was a combination of things that allowed the right atmosphere for this thunderstorm of momentum to come,” says Spoon.
Spoon vehemently denies his Twitter celebrity status, but just before his big birthday announcement, He made a video with Ryan Reynolds. But Spohn has chosen to think smaller in order to grow bigger: He brings together players and streamers and focuses on small dollar donations to reach his goal.
Misty “Imperialgrrl” Hungerford is Twitch streamer and one of the “heroes” of AbleGamers’ Spawn Together fundraising. Her 13-year-old son Alex has a disability, so she’s fully aware of the importance of the work AbleGamers are doing to make gaming accessible to everyone.
She says Spohn has been “really inspiring,” and she’s on board for 2021 and hopes to raise $50,000 as an ambassador for Twitch.
Streamer Eleni, also known as “faster in the bloodShe was one of the heroes of Spohn, who used her platform to give disabled players a voice.