Nonprofit charity AbleGamers has been helping gamers with disabilities get the technology they need to play since 2004.
The idea stemmed from frequent calls from game companies looking for testers with disabilities, and from conversations with Xbox and PlayStation officials about how to advance more accessible gaming, AbleGamers COO Steve Spohn told PCWorld in a Skype interview.
“It’s not just about doing the right thing [for developers], it’s about making sure that as many people as possible can enjoy the game you created and poured your blood, sweat, and tears into,” Spohn says.
“In order to do that, they need to be able to test those games [for accessibility]…We’re trying to bring two sides together to make a better gaming environment.”
The only requirements for joining the Player Panels: You need to have some sort of disability, you need to love games, and you need to fill out this form.
AbleGamers then acts as a go-between, connecting developers and researchers with gamers able to assist in accessibility testing and studies.