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Adaptive Game Controllers for Disabled Gamers At Independence First in Milwaukee

Since November, 2018 when Microsoft announced the adaptive game controller Chris Hege Youth Leadership Coordinator at Independence First in Milwaukee, WI has been interested in acquiring adaptive gaming controllers for their disabled gamers. At first it started as just a resource. However, the decision was made to expand to make them available to the entire Milwaukee Community.

Chris Hege Youth Leadership Coordinator Independence First Milwaukee, WI (Photo:White Turtle Rainbow/Wenona Gardner)

Independence First for People with Disabilities is currently celebrating their 40th Anniversary since they were first established in 1979.

Independence First Mission:

“IndependenceFirst is a non-profit 501c3 Independent Living Center (ILC) directed and controlled by persons with disabilities, primarily serving the four county metropolitan Milwaukee area.  The mission of IndependenceFirst is to effectively facilitate empowerment of individuals with disabilities through the core services of: Advocacy, Independent Living Skills, Information and Referral, Peer Support and Transition”

Saturday April 6, 2019 was the first Video Gaming Open House of their new adaptive e-sports program which was free and open to the public to try out the last adaptive video game equipment. Many times people with disabilities are socially left out. Video games and e-sports promote socialization, enhance creativity, and team work.

The next demo day is going to take place on June 15, 2019 at the Stride and Glide for IndependenceFirst 5K. Also Independence First will be celebrating 40 years anniversary the same day. To RSVP or request accommodations contact Chris Hege Youth Leadership Coordinator at (414) 226-8367 V/Relay or chege@independencefirst.org

Based on participant feedback at the April 6 Video Game Open House will determine the next upcoming schedule of events for their e-sports program.

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