David Cameron visits Special Effect Charity Accessible Gaming Drop-in Hub

We like to support charities that promote accessible gaming. The main charity in the UK is the small but enthusiastic Special Effect.

Special Effect have been actively fundraising and last year we helped by donating a Trabasack for the raffle at the Intellect charity ball. Maybe next year Clare and I will be able to attend!

We have also donated trabasacks for Special Effect to use during their open days and roadshows. These events give children and adults a chance to try out new technology that makes gaming for people with disabilities easier. The pictures on our accessible gaming home page were taken by Special Effect at an accessible gaming roadshow event at the Children’s Trust. The photos can also be seen on our ‘How do you use yours?’ trabasack album on our facebook page.

Trabasack being used for accessible gaming at a Special Effect Roadshow

Special Effect have just opened a new Accessible Video Games Centre, in Witney, Oxfordshire. ¬†The new centre is a place where people can drop-in to try out SpecialEffect’s adapted computers and consoles. They have some amazing new eye gaze technology which allows you to play games using eye movements, as well as adapted controllers and mounting aids such as trabasack.

The profile and importance of accessible gaming is growing and they also had a visit from the PM David Cameron!

Image of Shahzad laughing as he plays against David Cameron








David Cameron is also the local MP for Witney, where the Hub is based and attended the launch of Special Effect in 2008. They are very lucky to have such a high profile MP! We are looking forward to seeing more photographs from the visit, the one we really want to see is the PM holding a Trabasack! I will of course, keep you posted.

Image of David Cameron in a crowd of people, ceremoniously "cutting the ribbon" for the Accessible Gaming Hub


More info about the visit can be found at the Special Effect press release.

About the Author


I am MD of Trabasack, an award winning company I co-founded 3 years ago. Trabasack is a lap tray and bag that is useful for everyone providing a level work and play surface wherever you need one.

Trabasack also promotes social inclusion for people with disabilities and because of its 'Design for All' accessibility, I won a Level 2 Award from UnLtd the charity for social entrepreneurs.

I am a dad of two and carer for my son with Dravet Syndrome. Interests include disability advocacy, accessible gaming, social media for business, cider making and neglecting an allotment.
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One Comment

  • Game Center said:
    May 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Wow, good post. I love stuff like this.