UNC Hospitals Partner

A screen shot of a training session zoom call. Upper left corner is several UNC staff members. Upper right corner is Director of Peer Counseling Dr. Andy Wu. Bottom left corner is Peer Counselor Aaron Price and bottom right corner is Sr. Peer Counselor Jessie Hall.
UNC Hospitals inpatient rehabilitation services staff being introduced to adaptive gaming as part of Powered by AbleGamers.

An initiative spearheaded by Dr. Katie Bartolo, who wanted to bring her passion for gaming to the patients at the newly opened campus in Hillsborough, NC.

After injury and during rehabilitation, much attention and time is directed toward recovery and independence, leaving staff little time or no opportunity for play.

Six UNC staff members wearing blue scrubs and masks. Five are standing, one woman is sitting with arms raised and cheering

Senior Peer Counselor Jessie Hall led the presentation and staff learned adaptive gaming basics while enjoying Rocket League and Fall Guys! Aaron Price, an AbleGamers Peer Counselor, shared his personal story of getting back into video games after spinal cord injury. Through this event, staff is better equipped with the knowledge and hands-on experience to help people with disabilities with their gaming challenges.

We want to give thanks to Adam Lisewski, a local occupational therapist, for volunteering his time to this event. Through this partnership, more people with disabilities will be able to play video games and connect with their family, friends, and community.

AbleGamers partners with various organizations, including hospitals and rehabilitation centers, to reach many more players and provide players with a nearby location to assist in setup to enter the world of gaming. Partner organizations are powered by AbleGamers through initial and ongoing support/training for staff on best practices in adaptive gaming and the donation of specialized controllers and other devices.

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Improving quality of life with recreation and rehabilitation.

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