Today sees the opening of the UK's first fully accessible Video Games Visitor Centre. Prime Minister David Cameron was at the event to open the new centre which offers bespoke video gaming equipment for people with disabilities and serious illnesses. The centre was created by video games charity SpecialEffect.
David Cameron said: "The work of SpecialEffect brings together three things that I am passionate about: helping those with disabilities, the innovative use of technology and corporate social responsibility. I began supporting SpecialEffect when I attended their launch in 2008 and I've been continually impressed with their commitment to helping disabled people. This new centre will enhance the quality of life for some of the most severely disabled people across the UK and I will continue to support SpecialEffect as their local MP. It's also good to see SpecialEffect working so closely with the UK's video games industry - it's a great example of how even a small input from business can help support the fantastic work that SpecialEffect do."
Matt Hampson, Patron of SpecialEffect said: "Following my rugby injury, I was totally paralysed. SpecialEffect's support adapted a computer that I could operate just by moving my head. This not only had a massive positive impact on my leisure time but I also believe it helped to build up my neck muscles, too. Like me, many other people with disabilities are interested to find out about the benefits of games and leisure technology for socialisation, rehabilitation and, of course, fun. Now they drop into a friendly centre and can see what it can do for them."
More information about SpecialEffect can be found in their official site.