The Twin Town Challenge isn't just about a fun weekend. The primary objective is to raise money for a very brilliant charity: SpecialEffect. By using adaptive technology, they’re bringing a new lease of life to people with physical disabilities through communication, creativity and video games.
The one-to-one support that SpecialEffect provide is completely free. This ranges from the creation and loan of modified video game controllers, to the provision of eye-controlled computers for people with very severe disabilities. All of SpecialEffect's funding comes from donations and fundraising.
SpecialEffect offer support to people of all ages and with a wide range of physical disabilities. They take the time to understand the needs of each individual and tailor their solutions, helping them to do the things that they want to do in the way that's easiest for them.
To date the Twin Town Challenge has raised over £450,000 to support this fantastic cause and we hope that Twin Town 2018 will be the biggest yet!
Conor is 11 and has spinal muscular atrophy, a muscle wasting condition. His muscles were deteriorating, which meant that he could only use his thumb and index finger on his right hand. As an avid PlayStation gamer, he could no longer play the games he loved. His grandmother, Julie contacted SpecialEffect to ask if there was anything they could do to help.
The occupational therapists took time to try a range of different technology. This allowed Conor to get the most out of his system with the limited movement he has. They found that as well as his thumb and index finger, Conor could use his knee to push a button. This is enough to allow him to move around, explore worlds, run, jump and drive in games.
The SpecialEffect team have given Conor so much more than the ability to play games. As he can't speak, he uses his PlayStation to type out text to communicate with his family. The impact on his life and well-being is huge. Your support of the Twin Town Challenge can allow SpecialEffect to help more people like Conor.
Ceyda is nine and has cerebral palsy. She'd always wanted to play computer games, but had never been able to. SpecialEffect created a custom control system that allowed her to play with her friends and not be excluded. Now Ceyda's a gamer – she can be just like other kids her age.
Watch the video to see more of Ceyda's story.