Special Effect, a unique charity dedicated to using technology to enhance the quality of life of people for people with disabilities, found an inspiring story in the case of Lee, a man who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy. With a custom gaming set-up created by Special Effect through donations, Lee has been able to play one of the last year’s most anticipated titles, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V.
“I’ve played games all my life,” Lee said in a press release from Special Effect, “and I got quite depressed when I couldn’t play them. It was taking a big part of who I was away.”
Special Effect specializes in helping individuals with disabilities experience the fun and inclusion of video games, and in Lee’s case, they were able to create a customized gaming rig with two mounted twin joysticks that he is able to operate with his chin, and were also able to create X, Y, A, B and shoulder buttons as micro-switches to harness the small finger movements in his right hand.
“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,” said Lee.