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AbleGamers Foundation to open permanent arcade

The charity's first "Accessibility Arcade" for disabled gamers will open on October 10

The AbleGamers Foundation will open its first permanent arcade for gamers with disabilities in Washington D.C. on October 10.

The "Accessibility Arcade" concept has been tested with temporary installations in the past, but a space at the Washington public library's main MLK branch will give it a permanent home.

"Game accessibility is not an idea, it's a movement," said Mark Barlet, president of the AbleGamers Foundation. "Together, we can enrich the lives of those with disabilities by the joy and social fun of gaming to anyone who wants to join in."

"We're looking forward to welcoming new and experienced gamers with disabilities of all ages to the library for a unique experience," said Venetia Demson, chief of the library's adaptive services division. "When properly used, video games can be an important learning tool for literacy, spatial reasoning and curriculum support as well as a wonderful social experience."

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