Gaming benefits People with disabilities

Nov 25

Seth is 13 and uses a wheelchair due to a life-long progressive condition, so loves gaming because it helps him "experience things like other people".

The children's hospice in south Wales where Seth receives care for his condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy has a games room where he can escape to a world of virtual reality.

Seth stated, "If you're in a wheelchair, you can't always run everywhere, so Minecraft is fun."

“People like me as though I can do more because I can.”

"You can let your imagination run wild. Gaming lets me experience things like others.”

Seth now attends the Wicked Wales organisation for young film makers and has "produced my own show, I've had my own talent show, I've had a film done about my life and I've presented at festivals".

"Gaming has helped me have amazing opportunities."

Mental health charities have endorsed video games and gaming as being "really beneficial" for people's wellbeing.

"It's a place to relax and some games allow you to work on important life skills.

However, experts warn gamers should find a "balance" between playing video games and time away from their screen.

"Take a step back if you're annoyed, fatigued, furious, or frustrated," said Jones-Arthur.

"Eat well, get enough sleep, and do some physical activity so you're not always playing games."

Mind advised players against revealing personal information "even if they look really friendly" Parent Zone, an organisation that supports families with digital counselling, said both parents and teens should realise the risks.

"Knowing why your child plays a game might help you determine if it's suitable and safe," says Giles Milton.

"You may investigate online, but it's preferable to ask them to show you - or play with them."

In a nutshell, gamers should exercise self-control when playing so that gaming would be a helpful tool to benefit general public in many aspect.


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