The guy you can see in the video below is called Lee. Lee has always played video games. But Lee has spinal muscular atrophy. That makes anything difficult. it made playing games almost impossible.
“I’ve played games all my life,” he said, “and I got quite depressed when I couldn’t play them. It was taking a big part of who I was away.” But then, the gamer’s charity SpecialEffect, came into Lee's life and helped him to recapture his favourite hobby.
SpecialEffect, is a charity that, "specialise in helping people with disabilities to experience the fun and inclusion of video games, worked with Lee to find a customised equipment setup that exactly suited his individual abilities.
"The charity positioned microswitches to harness the small finger movements in his right hand, and mounted two joysticks that he can operate using his chin."
“I didn’t think I’d be able to play GTA
because of my limitations, but there are no limitations anymore,” he said. "With games I can do the things I can't do because of my disability," Lee said, “I can play football with my brother by playing FIFA, or drive cars.”
"Disabilities are very frustrating and limiting - you're basically imprisoned. This is the charity that could help change your life and bring something back that you thought you'd lost."
Nick Streeter, fundraiser at the charity, said “We’re absolute delighted to be able to help Lee. His physical abilities are changing over time, and we’ll keep visiting him to modify his equipment so that he can continue to play games as effectively as possible.”
“Games are an amazing medium through which people make friends, socialise and come together for a common cause. To be able to extend that medium to people that would otherwise not be involved is both an honour and a privilege.”
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