Contact: Melanie Hupfer                                                                                   
PR & Marketing Coordinator
414-226-8386 V/Relay
mhupfer@independencefirst.org

IndependenceFirst to host adaptive video gaming open house April 6
 
Young woman and man playing video gameMilwaukee, WI, March 29—IndependenceFirst will host an open house to debut its innovative new adaptive e-sports program, IndependenceFirst Place, on Saturday, April 6. The event will bring together people with and without disabilities to try out the latest in adaptive video gaming equipment. The open house will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the agency’s main office located at 540 S. 1st St. The event is free and open to the public.
 
Adaptive video gaming equipment is making gaming more accessible than ever before, facilitating participation in the gaming community for people with disabilities.
 
“Too often, people with disabilities are excluded from peer activities,” stated Chris Hege, IndependenceFirst Youth Leadership Coordinator and e-sports program developer. “This can be highly detrimental to self-confidence and personal growth. IndependenceFirst Place will use the power of e-sports and adaptive controllers to help bring people together to foster inclusion and facilitate empowerment.”
 
Video games and e-sports specifically have been shown to promote socialization and increase self-esteem; help build teamwork and improve cooperation skills; enhance creativity, decision-making and problem-solving abilities; and improve self-advocacy, perseverance and resilience.
 
To RSVP for the event, or to request accommodations, contact Chris Hege at 414-226-8367 V/Relay or chege@independencefirst.org

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