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THE ABLEGAMERS FOUNDATION INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/17/2014: THE ABLEGAMERS FOUNDATION INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: THE@ABLEGAMERS FOUNDATION INC

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AKA  AbleGamers
Charles Town, WV
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THE ABLEGAMERS FOUNDATION INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/17/2014: THE ABLEGAMERS FOUNDATION INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: THE@ABLEGAMERS FOUNDATION INC

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Also Known As: AbleGamers
Physical Address: Charles Town, WV 25414 
EIN: 30-0533750
Web URL: www.ablegamers.org 
Blog URL: www.ablegamers.com/category/ablegamers-news 
NTEE Category: R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R23 Disabled Persons' Rights
U Science and Technology Research Institutes
U01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
Year Founded: 2004 
Ruling Year: 2009 
How This Organization Is Funded: Private Donation - $70,000
Consulting - $9,000


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Mission Statement

AbleGamers works to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities using the power of video games.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $79,360
Total Expenses $54,200

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

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Leadership (GuideStar Exchange,
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Mr. Mark C. Barlet

Leadership Statement:

Access to technology for people with disabilities is quickly becoming a gap that is holding back the community from full participation in the world. The issue is large, and the resources needed are great. We took the area of video games, an area we know so well, and we are working to close the gap. People with disabilities should be able to have fun.

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Yes
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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?
No
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Yes
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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?
Yes
Board Performance ?
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No

Officers for Fiscal Year (IRS Form 990)

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Programs

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Budget:
$5,000
Category:
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Population Served:
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
None

Program Description:

We believe in harnessing the power of many people's voices to solve the problems of the not so few. The AbleGamers Foundation strives to bring together individuals from every lifestyle with a common goal of improving the lives of the disabled. Everyone has the right to enjoy the world, and together, we can make that possible. Together, we can make it possible for everyone to enjoy the rich content of digital entertainment with his or her friends and family regardless of disability.

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Program: Accessibility Arcade (GuideStar Exchange,
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May 2014)

Budget:
$3,000
Category:
Science & Technology
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

We bring technology to those who need it. The leaders of accessible technology work with The AbleGamers Foundation to help provide a one-day free arcade displaying all of the latest and greatest accessible gaming devices. We introduce individuals, who have never seen the technological wonders that engineers can now design, to the types of technology that can help them and their loves ones with maintaining the ability to function at the highest level possible.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Feb 2008 – Speaker – Gaming Development Conference, San Francisco CA Spoke on the topic of accessibility on gaming, and adaptive technology for bring disabled people into computing. March 2008 – Speaker – Games for Health, Baltimore MD Spoke to academics and medical organizations about the need to for digital entertainment in the lives of Disabled people. March 2009 – Speaker – Gaming Development Conference, San Francisco CA Game Accessibility 101 Accessibility Arcade May 2009 – Speaker/ Host Game Accessibility Day – Games for Health, Boston Mass Spoke to academics and medical organizations about the need to for digital entertainment in the lives of Disabled people. 2010 Games Accessibility Day is scheduled & produced by the Games for Health Project which is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneer Portfolio. Critical assistance and partnership for the day is provided by The AbleGamers Foundation and the Serious Games Initiative 2011 TGI/Vanguard – Speaker – How the need to support people with disabilities within your organization will change your gamification project 2011 July - Google Funded class on how to bring gaming technology into the classroom 2011 Dec – Supporting the needs of the disabled in developing economies, Kuala Lemur Malaysia 2012 Includification – The Award winning document on how to make your digital content accessible for all. 2012 March – Keynote – Making your game accessible and how it effects your bottom line, Bilbo Spain 2012 June - Google Funded class on how to bring gaming technology into the classroom 2012 July – Booth at the Abilities Expo, Chicago Ill.
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