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Thursday, 13 May 2021
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RNIB encourages gamers to fundraise

GAMERS are being encouraged to fundraise for The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) next month while they play, as part of a drive to highlight inclusion in gaming.

This will coincide with Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on 20 May, a day that focuses on digital access and inclusion for people with disability and impairment. RNIB is encouraging supporters to use their enjoyment of online gaming to support the charity via livestreams on or around this date.

RNIB Community Giving Manager Becca McRow-Brewer said:

“Games rely largely on visuals, and blind, and partially sighted people are also active gamers, just with the help of accessibility features. Sight loss doesn’t have to mean losing your passions.

“We are encouraging gamers from across the UK to support RNIB by hosting a fundraising stream around Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Every pound raised will help create a world without barriers for people with sight loss.”

RNIB currently supports gaming groups for blind and partially sighted players across the UK that were set up at the beginning of the year. Members meet weekly in an online call and share their experiences and games they have found to be accessible. They are also looking to challenge software developers to consider blind and partially sighted people when designing new games.

Mathew Allcock from Suffolk is a passionate gamer who has Nystagmus, a condition where the eyes move uncontrollably. He is part of a gaming group for visually impaired people in the East of England. The 28-year-old has helped EA Games improve the accessibility of some of their games, including FIFA.

Mathew said:

“I’ve been gaming since I was a child. It was a brilliant form of escapism for me as it enabled me to play and compete with my fully sighted friends. As my vision has decreased, my realisation of the need for accessibility settings has increased. Gaming should be accessible to all, and I want to help ensure VI gamers of the future have the opportunity to play any game they want.”

Gamers who wish to host a Gaming for RNIB fundraising stream will be provided with helpful materials, including overlays and simulation glasses, to increase understanding of how their stream might look with various sight conditions.

For more information or to register to host a fundraising gaming stream for RNIB, please visit: rnib.org.uk/gaming-for-rnib.

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