special effectWe here at the Summer of Sonic are pleased to announce that we will be supporting the SpecialEffect charity at this year’s event.

SpecialEffect is a charity that targets something that often gets overlooked – that people with disabilities have lives beyond simply ‘being disabled’ and want to enjoy themselves. The charity, the only one of its kind in the UK, provides the specialist technology, advice and support for everyone to benefit from the fun, friendship and inclusion of video games.

Praised by Prime Minister David Cameron as “providing magic moments all the time“, SpecialEffect been making a profoundly positive impact on the quality of life for children and adults of all ages since 2007. At any one time the charity is working with and helping up to 500 people on an intensive basis in hospitals, hospices and at home. They also influence the lives of thousands of people each year with support, advice and hands-on demonstrations at their award-winning games roadshows.

Their doors are open to everyone, including accident victims, service personnel with combat injuries, people with congenital and progressive conditions and stroke patients. You can see several examples at http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/who-we-helped

Their help includes the loan and support of mainstream and adapted access equipment for online and offline games. Some of the specialist equipment, like eye-control technology, is expensive, so the loans enable people to make sure it’s suitable before they commit to a purchase. The charity doesn’t sell any equipment, so their advice is always impartial.

We will be raising money for Special Effect throughout the day, and we hope you will all help us fund this very good cause.

8 Responses to SpecialEffect at Summer of Sonic 2013

  1. Nice one! The sonic community (for all our faults) is one of the most generous ones I know! I’m sure special effects will have a good day as well!

  2. marcustherocker says:

    I’m definately gonna help out by buying as much as I can to support a charity like this :) My respect for you guys has now gone through the roof ^_^

  3. NegaMetallix says:

    So, does this mean that the merchandise sold at SoS this year are going towards helping this charity? If that’s the case, I’ll be buying whatever I can to help (assuming I have some money to begin with), as I’m sure that it’ll definately be worth it. :)

  4. I don’t have much money, but I’ll try and buy something. I’m supporting this charity now. :)

  5. i’ll be donating as long as t

  6. i’ll be donating as long as the money raised is through sonic related stuff.ie. merchandise, raffle tickets ect.

  7. I guess it was a great idea to participate on a charity, it is very generous and cool… loved the idea keep on…

  8. Only Nick from SpecialEffect here! Really appreciate the opportunity to be supported at the event. Also in the morning we will be giving people the chance to play Sonic All Stars Racing with our eye control technology that we use to help disabled young people back in the game. See you on Saturday!

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