If Brandon is a friend entered the life of their new 14-year-old stepson Tada, they formed a strong bond by playing together in a video game Halo or Smash Brothers. Tad loves games, but has always struggled since he was born without a right hand.
“I’d just adapt more slowly and get good or just bad in general,” Thad says.
In 2017, Amico read about the work being done by the charity AbleGamers, which works on behalf of disabled gamers to help people like him, so he turned to them.
Tad got a free Xbox Elite controller, which usually costs $ 150, which has programmable blades on the back that allow him to use his left hand to control some of the subtle movements of his right hand aiming and firing. Now he is pursuing games like Rainbow Six Siegewhere he regularly shines in the ranking game.
Tad is one of many disabled gamers who have benefited from AbleGamers, the most well-known nonprofit organization for the gaming community for the disabled, over the past 17 years. Now the profile of the organization has become a little bigger.
After battling most nonprofits during the Covid-19 pandemic, AbleGamers chief operating officer Stephen Spon decided to make the birthday party “Spawn Together”. On his 40th birthday, September 15, 2020, he announced he was going to raise $ 1 million. Spon said that keeping AbleGamers in full mode for the year takes about $ 2.2 million, so he wanted to make that task annual.
In November 2020, Twitch helped by donating $ 1 million – money that Spon said would go to hiring and distributing new controllers for disabled gamers such as Tad.
“I think it was a combination of things that allowed us to create the right atmosphere for this storm cloud,” Spon says.
Spon flatly denies his celebrity status on Twitter, but before the biggest birthday announcement he made a video with Ryan Reynolds. But Spon chooses a smaller mindset to become bigger: he brings together gamers and streamers and focuses on small donations to achieve his goal.
Foggy “Imperialgrrl” Hangerford is a Twitch broadcaster and one of the “champions” in fundraising “AwnGamers” Spawn Together. “Her 13-year-old son Alex has a disability, so she is well aware of the importance of work that AbleGamers does to make games accessible to all. .
She says Spon is “really inspired” and she is on board until 2021 and hopes to raise $ 50,000 as a Twitch ambassador.
Streamer Eleni, aka “Bloodyfaster”, was another Spon champion who used his platform to give a voice to disabled gamers.