PM David Cameron opens UK’s first Accessible Video Games Centre

PM David Cameron was on hand to cut the ribbon at the opening of the UK's first Accessible Video Games Centre in his constituency of Witney - a place where game fans with disabilities and serious illnesses can go and get their game-on.

The centre is the doing of video game charity SpecialEffect, and it is designed to be a central hub for the organisation to develop their video game adaptations which often feature specialised control setups, designed for people not able to use the traditional control methods.

"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," said the PM.

"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."

Dr Mick Donegan, SpecialEffect’s Director, added: "The SpecialEffect Charity already helps a wide range of people with disabilities to discover how to use specialist technology through its website, roadshows, working with hospitals and home visits.

"The only thing missing was a central hub for people to visit. The new centre offers them the opportunity to arrange to try out a range of cutting edge games and leisure software and hardware, with the advice and support of specialist professionals."

To find out more about SpecialEffect's work take a look at its website at www.specialeffect.org.uk.